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Escobar Romero Defends M.S. Thesis

Edgar Gabriel Escobar Romero successfully defended his Plant Sciences Master’s thesis, Multi-parent Advanced Generation Inter-cross Population for Improvement of Genetic Resistance of Dry Bean to White Mold, on May 27, 2020 at North Dakota State University. He was advised by Dr. Juan Osorno.
Escobar Romero Defends M.S. Thesis

Edgar Escobar Romero (right) with advisor Dr. Juan Osorno

July 1, 2020

Edgar Gabriel Escobar Romero successfully defended his Plant Sciences Master’s thesis, Multi-parent Advanced Generation Inter-cross Population for Improvement of Genetic Resistance of Dry Bean to White Mold, on May 27, 2020 at North Dakota State University. He was advised by Dr. Juan Osorno, associate professor and dry edible bean breeder.

Escobar Romero and the NDSU dry bean breeding group used a MAGIC (Multiparent Advanced Generation Inter-cross) population to develop 19 genotypes with an improved resistance to white mold in dry beans. They also identified four new genomic regions associated with this trait and validated two genomic regions previously reported by other scientists. 

Originally from Antigua, Guatemala, Escobar Romero completed his undergraduate degree in Agronomy at EARTH University in Costa Rica. He chose to pursue his Master’s degree at NDSU because of the successful plant breeding programs and the opportunity “to have professional and successful breeders as professors and advisors.” 

Escobar Romero plans to return to Guatemala to work as a plant breeder for Sierra Madre Seeds.

His graduate committee members were Osorno, Phil McClean, Mukhlesur Rahman, and Luis del Rio.

Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu

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