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Graduate Students Receive Travel Awards

Three Plant Sciences graduate students received travel awards to attend the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops annual meeting in September. They each presented results from their respective research programs.
Graduate Students Receive Travel Awards

Left to right: Kyle Aasand, Swarup Podder, Nick Steffl

September 26, 2017

Department of Plant Sciences faculty researcher Burton Johnson and master’s students Swarup Podder, Nicholas Steffl and Kyle Aasand attended the 29th annual Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops (AAIC) meeting in Ames, Iowa, September 10-13, where they presented results from their respective research programs. Podder, Steffl and Aasand each received a $1,000 travel award from the AAIC to attend the meeting.

Podder presented “Screening Forage Sorghum Genotypes for Cold Tolerance” in the poster session.

Steffl and Aasand presented results from their cover crop research in corn and soybean cropping systems in the Oilseed division. Steffl presented “Relay Cover Crops in Soybean Cropping Systems in Eastern North Dakota” and Aasand presented “Corn Relay Cropping with Winter Rye, Field Pennycress, and Winter Camelina”.

Johnson, professor and sunflower, minor and new crop production project leader in the Department of Plant Sciences, presented “Seeding Date, Cultivar, and Seed Treatment Effects on Industrial Hemp Stand Establishment in North Dakota” in the Fiber and Cellulosic Crops division.

Podder, from Bangladesh, is advised by Marisol Berti, professor and forages and biomass production project leader in the Department of Plant Sciences. Steffl, from Callaway, MN, and Aasand, from Carrington, ND, are advised by Johnson.

Over 50 public and private researchers from across the U.S. and around the world attended the AAIC meeting. The AAIC is an international, nonprofit educational and scientific organization established to encourage and promote the activities of those involved in the production, processing, development, and commercialization of industrial crops and products derived from industrial crops. Learn more at www.aaic.org.

Author: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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