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Sergio Cabello-Leiva

Plant Sciences Students Recognized by Gamma Sigma Delta

Students from the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University captured the top awards for their oral presentations at the inaugural NDSU Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta Faculty and Student Symposium in April.

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Madison Gohl

Cereal and Food Sciences Students Recognized by Minnesota Food Technologists

Cereal and Food Sciences students Madison Gohl, Katelyn Schmoll, Minwei Xu and Supun Sandaru Fernando were recognized during the Minnesota Section of the Institute of Food Technologists awards dinner.

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Codee Lee Presents M.S. Seminar

Codee Lee Presents M.S. Seminar

Codee Z. Lee presented his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Post Emergence Efficacy of Pyroxasulfone at Different Rates and Timing in Wheat, on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

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L to R: Andrew Robinson, Gary Secor, Asunta Thompson

Potato Researchers Receive Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau Award

The Fargo-Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau recognized the organizers of the 101st Potato Association of America meeting with the Industry Excellence Award. Andrew Robinson, Gary Secor and Asunta Thompson chaired the Local Arrangements Committee for the meeting and received the award on March 13, 2018.

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Alison Pokrzywinski Presents M.S. Seminar

Alison Pokrzywinski Presents M.S. Seminar

Alison Pokrzywinski presented her Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Genotype-by-environment Interaction in Sunflowers for The Northern Plains, on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.

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Christopher Eggen (NDSU photo)

Plant Sciences Student to Speak at Commencement

Crop and Weed Sciences senior Christopher Eggen has been selected to give the student address at the 10 a.m. NDSU commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in the Fargodome.

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McClean and Osorno

North Dakota State University Dry Edible Bean Project Profile

Dr. Juan Osorno has led the North Dakota State University Dry Edible Bean project since 2007. He works with eight market classes of dry edible beans: pinto, navy, black, dark red and light red kidneys, great northern, small reds and pinks. Osorno also works closely with Dr. Phil McClean, director of the Genomics and Bioinformatics program, who joined the Department of Plant Sciences in 1985. McClean and Osorno were instrumental in sequencing the common bean genome, and now work to utilize the mapped genome to improve common bean varieties worldwide.

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Ed and Brenda Deckard (Ag Week photo)

Deckards Featured in Ag Week Magazine

Ed and Brenda Deckard are known for their care and compassion as they work with students. They each touch as many as 500 student lives in an academic year.

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Graduate Student Receives Travel Scholarship

Graduate Student Receives Travel Scholarship

Cereal Science doctoral student Yang Lan was awarded a Feeding Tomorrow Graduate Travel Scholarship to attend the 2018 Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting in Chicago in July.

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From left: Ed Deckard, Christopher Eggen, Megan B. Jones

Students and Faculty Honored during Ag Week Banquet

Department of Plant Sciences seniors Christopher Eggen and Megan B. Jones were both named Top 10 Seniors and Jones was named the Outstanding Senior during NDSU Ag Week. Dr. Ed Deckard received the Open Door Award for faculty.

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The CFS 480/680 Product Development class

Cereal and Food Science Class Partners with Specialty Grain Company for Product Development

Students in the CFS 480/680 Food Product Development class presented their final projects on May 3, 2018. They were tasked with developing a blue cornmeal based food product, including production and marketing plans, much like a commercial product development team. Dr. Jiajia Rao teaches the spring semester course and says, “This is a great opportunity for students to get involved in teamwork, creativity, and scientific skills.”

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Cereal Science Student Selected for Food Technologists Global Challenge

Cereal Science Student Selected for Food Technologists Global Challenge

Cereal Science master’s student Jane Snelling was selected to participate in the Institute of Food Technologists Student Association 2018 Global Challenge in Chicago this July.

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Mohamad Mahfuzur Rahman Presents M.S. Seminar

Mohamad Mahfuzur Rahman Presents M.S. Seminar

Md Mahfuzur Rahman defended his Cereal Science M.S. thesis, “An initiative to clean label: Can we replace dough strengtheners in bread formulations”, April 6, 2018. He presented his exit seminar on May 10.

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NDSU plant scientist searches for the perfect cold weather grape

NDSU plant scientist searches for the perfect cold weather grape

Since 2011, Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, professor and high-value crops specialist, has been on a quest to produce the perfect grape for winemakers of the northern Great Plains. She is conducting research to breed grapes that grow well in northern climates and produce outstanding wine.

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Jason W. Adams Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Jason W. Adams Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Jason W. Adams presented his Plant Sciences Ph.D. thesis, “Characterization of Surfactant Quality and Validation of Standard Water Conditioning Testing”, on May 3, 2018.

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Todd West preparing to climb a sliver maple on the North Dakota State University campus

Breeding a Hardy Red Maple Tree for North Dakota

Woody Plant Improvement project leader Todd West is looking for a Freeman maple that will thrive in North Dakota and the Northern Plains region of the U.S. He recently climbed a sliver maple on the main campus at North Dakota State University to collect pollen to pollinate red maples at the NDSU Absaraka Horticulture Research Farm, starting the process to create a hardy tree for the region.

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Gonzalo Rojas-Cifuentes

Rojas-Cifuentes Receives President’s Volunteer Service Award

North Dakota Foundation Seedstocks Assistant Director Gonzalo Rojas-Cifuentes was awarded the prestigious President’s Volunteer Service Award for contributing over 350 hours of volunteer work in Guinea, West Africa in September 2017. The award recognizes Americans who engage in volunteer service and inspire others to do so.

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Schwarz Participates in International Panel Presentation on Mycotoxin Control

Schwarz Participates in International Panel Presentation on Mycotoxin Control

Malting and Brewing Quality project leader Dr. Paul Schwarz participated in a panel discussion presentation during the first European Commission MycoKey Technological Workshop in in Helsinki, Finland May 23-24, 2018. The title of the presentation was “Science meets practice: A joint effort to fight against mycotoxins – Is it possible and what are the critical steps?”

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Kenneth Paul Beamer Presents M.S. Seminar

Kenneth Paul Beamer Presents M.S. Seminar

Kenneth Paul Beamer presented his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, “Weed Management and Soil Quality Outcomes of Non-Chemical Weed Control Tactics”, on June 8, 2018. He quantified the effect of deep mulch no-till on weed management and soil quality in small-scale organic vegetable production systems, and found improved weed control, soil quality, and yields when compared to tilled treatments.

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