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Juan Franco Coronado Completes M.S. in Plant Sciences

Juan Franco Coronado completed his M.S. research to develop a method to clonally propagate Ostrya virginiana (Mill.) K. Koch. (American Hophornbeam) and will pursue a Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at North Dakota State University.
Juan Franco Coronado Completes M.S. in Plant Sciences

Juan Franco Coronado (right) with adviser Dr. Todd West

Juan Franco Coronado, M.S. candidate in Plant Sciences-Horticulture at North Dakota State University, presented an exit seminar on his research titled, Propagation of Ostrya virginiana (Mill.) K. Koch. (American Hophornbeam), on Friday, May 16, 2014.

Franco Coronado studied the American Hophornbeam, a tree native to eastern and central Canada and the United States. Traditionally, the American Hophornbeam is propagated by seed, but Juan developed a method of clonally propagating the tree which allows for introduction of a new NDSU cultivar.

In addition to his studies, Franco Coronado was the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association (PSGSA) President, the Hispanic Organization Latin America (HOLA) Activities Coordinator, and a member of the Black Student Association. He also was a McNair Scholar at West Virginia University (WVU) and interned with Valleycrest Companies, a California landscaping company.

When asked why he came to NDSU, Franco Coronado said, “I chose North Dakota State University because one of my professors at WVU [Dr. Todd West] came to NDSU to teach and research and I wanted to continue to work with someone with his background. Once Dr. West said he had arrived at NDSU, I took a closer look at the school and saw that it was a rising school for scientific research and a leader in the area of agriculture.” Juan is originally from Pasadena, CA.

Franco Coronado recently began his Ph.D. work at NDSU in Plant Pathology with Dr. Jared LeBoldus. After completion of that degree, Juan would like to go to law school and one day work for the Department of Agriculture on policy that affects all plant scientists and those in related fields.

Franco Coronado’s graduate committee included Dr. Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, Dr. Wenhao Dai, and Dr. Jared LeBoldus. His adviser was Dr. Todd West.

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