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Md. Abdullah Al Bari Completes Ph.D. in Plant Sciences

Mohammed Abdullah Al Bari completed his Plant Sciences Ph.D. on May 16, 2014. The title of his thesis research is Usefulness of Expired Proprietary (ex-PVP) Maize (Zea mays L.) Germplasm for U.S. Northern Breeding Programs.
Md. Abdullah Al Bari Completes Ph.D. in Plant Sciences

Md. Abdullah Al Bari (right) with adviser Dr. Marcelo Carena

Mohammed Abdullah Al Bari completed his Plant Sciences Ph.D. and presented his exit seminar on May 16, 2014 in Loftsgard Hall. The title of his thesis is Usefulness of Expired Proprietary (ex-PVP) Maize (Zea mays L.) Germplasm for U.S. Northern Breeding Programs.

Originally from Naogaon, Bangladesh, Al Bari received his undergraduate degree from Bangladesh Agricultural University in Mymensingh. He explains that his research “assessed the usefulness of patent expired short-season maize inbred lines. The study was conducted i) to understand the nature of gene action of a short-season maize breeding sample for agronomy and grain quality traits; ii) to identify ex-PVP inbred lines and hybrids as potential breeding sources for short-season maize breeding programs for agronomic, grain quality, and nutritional traits; iii) to identify and validate heterotic groups of ex-PVP inbreds and NDSU inbred lines; and iv) to identify desirable top heterotic patterns among ex-PVP, industry testers, and NDSU lines. Our trials suggest most ex-PVP lines are not useful directly in immediate hybrid production for agronomic and grain quality traits. In such a context, improvements in intellectual property and re-thinking of breeding rights access are encouraged to explore more suitable hybrids for short-season maize breeding programs.”

Al Bari says he chose NDSU because, when he was young, a leading writer in Bangladesh, Dr. Humayan Ahmed (1948-2012), praised NDSU, Fargo and North Dakota. He likes that Plant Sciences is known for applied plant breeding programs, and he “eagerly accepted the opportunity to work with Dr. Marcelo Carena in the Corn Breeding and Genetics project.” He would recommend NDSU Plant Sciences to prospective graduate students, because “it’s a very good Ag School that provides ample opportunities for hands-on experiences in the lab and in the field.”  He also said that the staff is friendly and helps students devote time to study and research. He plans to join Bangladesh Agricultural University, Mymensingh, Bangladesh as a faculty member, working on crop breeding and genetics.

Al Bari was awarded the Glenn S. Smith International Graduate Fellowship in 2010, the Eric Mathew Miller Memorial Scholarship in 2011, the Charles and Linda Moses Presidential Graduate Fellowship in 2012 and the Glenn S. Smith International Graduate Fellowship in 2013. He participated in the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association and the NDSU Marksmanship Club.

Al Bari’s adviser is Dr. Marcelo Carena, and his Graduate Committee included Dr. James Hammond, Dr. Michael McMullen, Dr. Asunta Thompson and Dr. Gary Secor

Source: Md.Abdullah Al Bari (contact Dr. Marcelo Carena, 701-231-8138, marcelo.carena@ndsu.edu)
Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu>
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123, kamie.a.beeson@ndsu.edu

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