Plant Sciences

Accessibility


| Share

Kiran Ghising Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Kiran Ghising presented his Plant Sciences Ph.D. dissertation "Screening of the USDA Core Collection of Common Bean for Reaction to Halo Blight and Identification of Genomic Regions Associated with Resistances" on Friday, October 7, 2016 at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND.
Kiran Ghising Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Kiran Ghising (right) with adviser Dr. Juan Osorno

October 27, 2016

Kiran Ghising Ph.D. Dissertation Video

Kiran Ghising presented his Plant Sciences Ph.D. dissertation on Friday, October 7, 2016 in Loftsgard Hall at North Dakota State University. His dissertation title is Screening of the USDA Core Collection of Common Bean for Reaction to Halo Blight and Identification of Genomic Regions Associated with Resistances.

Ghising’s research focused on halo blight, a destructive bacterial disease in common bean. With only three sources of resistance currently known to race 6 of Pseudomonas syringae pv. phaseolicola (Burkholder) (Psp), there is an urgent need to identify additional sources of resistance. Therefore, the main objectives of Ghising’s research were to evaluate the USDA common bean accession(s) resistant to race 6 (Psp), and to identify the genomic regions associated with the resistance to the blight. Besides identifying five accessions displaying the highest levels of resistance to the disease, the study also reported the presence of independent mode of resistance at three plant developmental stages. In conclusion, the research successfully identified three genomic regions that controlled for resistance to the disease. One region was consistent with previous experiments showing significance to the study, while two others were novel sources of resistance.

Ghising interned with the Sustainable Soil Management Program in his home city of Kathmandu, Nepal before coming to NDSU to earn an M.S in Entomology and now a Ph.D. in Plant Sciences. During his eight years at NDSU, he participated in many graduate student activities including moderating the 29th Annual Plant Sciences Graduate Student Symposium (2013), acting as treasurer of the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association (2014, 2015), and representing Plant Sciences in the NDSU 3-Minute Thesis Competition (2016).

Ghising recommends NDSU because it is one of the best institutions in the Midwest, offering top-quality research in diverse crops led by experienced faculty from around the world in a welcoming, supportive environment. Looking forward, he hopes to work in academia or industry.

Ghising’s graduate committee members were Dr. Phillip McClean, Dr. Ted Helms, Dr. Kevin McPhee, and Dr. Julie Pasche. He was advised by Dr. Juan Osorno.

Source: Kiran Ghising (contact Dr. Juan Osorno, 701-231-8145,)
Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971, shannon.ueker@ndsu.edu

Creative Commons License
Feel free to use and share this content, but please do so under the conditions of our Creative Commons license and our Rules for Use. Thanks.