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Plant Sciences Personnel Attend Cereals and Grains Meeting

North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences cereal science students, faculty and research staff were actively involved in the Cereals and Grains Association annual meeting November 3-5, 2019.

November 19, 2019

The Cereals and Grains Association, formerly known as the American Association of Cereal Chemists International, held their annual meeting November 3-5, 2019, in Denver, Colorado. Participants included scientists and food industry professionals, who shared their cutting-edge research and innovative technologies. North Dakota State University Department of Plant Sciences cereal science students, faculty and research staff were actively involved in the meeting by presenting posters and talks, moderating sessions, participating in the student association, and networking.

Poster Presentations

Graduate students and research staff shared their research through poster presentations and had beneficial discussions with the poster session audience.

  • Abdulrahman Alahmed, Ph.D. student, presented Effect of pre-harvest desiccant application on properties of B-glucan from oat groats. Alahmed’s poster was selected as a finalist for the Carbohydrate Division poster competition.
  • Supun Fernando, Ph.D. student, presented Effect of polyphenols on functional and rheological properties of black bean protein isolates.
  • Haiyang Jiang, Ph.D. student, presented Milling process and cultivars impact pea flour functionality and flavor profile.
  • Ana Magallanes López, Ph.D. student, presented Varietal and location effects on antioxidant potential of pinto and black beans.
  • Kaitlyn Peterson, research staff, presented Evaluation of glutopeak as a tool for screening North Dakota hard red spring wheat breeding lines.
  • Edil Vidal Torres, research staff, presented Analysis of amaranth leaves and seeds grown in Puerto Rico and Micro and macromolecule composition of quinoa leaf and grain of three genotypes grown in Puerto Rico.
  • Serap Vatansever, Ph.D. student, presented How does supercritical carbon dioxide and ethanol extraction influence the physicochemical properties of pea flour? She also presented Flavor Modification: A Novel Approach for Enhanced Organoleptic Property of Pea Flour, which was selected as a finalist for the Engineering and Processing Division poster competition.
  • Kristin Whitney, research staff, presented Evaluation of hard red spring wheat flours by glutopeak at varied speed profiles.

Research Sessions

Senay Simsek, Bert L. D'Appolonia Cereal Science and Technology of Wheat Endowed Professor in Plant Sciences at NDSU, organized and co-moderated two symposiums. The first symposium, Modified Starch: structure, production, utilization and sustainability, provided information on physical starch modification, the relation of starch structure and its function, and sustainable starch modification processes. During this session, Simsek was one of five expert speakers with her presentation, Introduction to modified starch: examples, pros and cons. The second symposium organized by Simsek and co-moderated by Magallanes López was A 360-degree approach: Arabinoxylans from genes to gut, which focused on the genetics of arabinoxylans and their fate during milling and baking processes up to the human and animal digestive tracks. During this session, Simsek presented Arabinoxylan: A versatile cereal polysaccharide.

Simsek also was an invited speaker for the Glyphosate and cereal grains: separating the wheat from the chaff session, where she presented Impact of pre-harvest glyphosate use on wheat protein composition.

Additionally, Vatansever served as co-moderator for the Challenges and solutions for making proteins claims symposium.

Student Association

Two NDSU cereal science graduate students served as officers in the Cereals and Grains Association Student Association. Vatansever served as the association Secretary-Treasurer, and Magallanes López served as the Product Development Competition Vice-chair. In this role, she was responsible for the organization and development of the 2019 competition. In addition, Magallanes López was selected as the student representative of the Protein Division for 2019-2020.


Current NDSU students, faculty and staff, and NDSU alumni working in industry and academia enjoyed networking at the NDSU alumni breakfast. This year, Northern Crops Institute (NCI) director Mark Jirik talked about recent changes at the NCI and NDSU Department of Plant Sciences head Richard Horsley highlighted plans for projected new facilities.


Fernando and Maddakandage Dona won second place in the Student Product Development Competition for their product, “BeRice”, a gluten free muffin premix. Read the article at

Simsek was awarded the Cereals and Grains Association 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award for her significant contributions through teaching in the field of cereal science and technology. Read the article at

Source: Ana Magallanes López and Senay Simsek (701.231.7737, )
Editor: Kamie Beeson (701.231.7123, )

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