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Carlos Raul Maldonado Mota Presents M.S. Seminar

Carlos Raul Maldonado Mota presented a seminar on his Plant Sciences M.S. research on December 8, 2017 at North Dakota State University. The title of his thesis is Identification of New Sources of Resistance to Anthracnose in Climbing Bean Germplasm from Guatemala. He examined climbing beans from Guatemala for resistance to anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum lindemuthianum by studying the pathogen and possible resistant climbing bean varieties.
Carlos Raul Maldonado Mota Presents M.S. Seminar

Carlos Maldonado Mota (left) with adviser Dr. Juan Osorno

December 21, 2017

Carlos Raul Maldonado Mota presented a seminar on his Plant Sciences M.S. research on December 8, 2017 at North Dakota State University. The title of his thesis is Identification of New Sources of Resistance to Anthracnose in Climbing Bean Germplasm from Guatemala.

Maldonado Mota examined climbing beans from Guatemala for resistance to anthracnose caused by Colletotrichum lindemuthianum by studying the pathogen and possible resistant climbing bean varieties. The results of his research include the identification of six races of C. lindemuthianum, found among samples collected in Guatemala Highlands using the standard common bean differential lines. He also evaluated climbing bean germplasm from the Institute of Agricultural Science and Technology (ICTA) of Guatemala collection, and identified genomic regions for resistance to C. lindemuthianum race 73, which is the predominant race in the United States. 

Maldonado Mota is from Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and received his undergraduate degree in Agriculture from the Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala. He says he chose NDSU “because it has a good department, good courses are offered and a lot of research is conducted there.”

He received the USAID Legume Innovation Lab scholarship and the Best Poster Award by a Young Investigator at the 2017 Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain Legumes conference in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

He will return to Guatemala and work in the ICTA dry bean breeding program.

Dr. Juan Osorno was Maldonado Mota’s adviser and his graduate committee included Dr. Phillip McClean, Dr. Julie Pasche and Dr. James Beaver.

Source: Carlos Raul Maldonado Mota
Author: Karen Hertsgaard (, 701-231-5384)
Editor: Kamie Beeson (, 701-231-7123)

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