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New Pulse Breeder Joins Department

The Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University welcomes Dr. Nonoy Bandillo, who was hired as an assistant professor and director of the pulse breeding and genetics program.
New Pulse Breeder Joins Department

Dr. Nonoy Bandillo

February 20, 2019

Dr. Nonoy Bandillo has joined the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University as an assistant professor and director of the pulse breeding and genetics program.

Prior to joining NDSU, Bandillo was a research assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in soybean breeding and quantitative genetics, and a postdoctoral research associate and visiting scientist at the Buckler Lab at Cornell University in maize and sorghum quantitative genetics. He began his career as an assistant scientist in rice breeding and genetics at the International Rice Research Institute, where he was part of a team that pioneered the development of Multi-parent Advanced Generation Inter-Cross (MAGIC) populations in rice.

Bandillo received his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he worked with well-known academic soybean breeders and geneticists Drs. Aaron Lorenz , George Graef, and James Specht. His graduate training involved the optimization and integration of genomic selection technology on the varietal development side of soybean breeding and tapping of diversity in the USDA Soybean Collection.

One of Bandillo’s goals for the NDSU pulse breeding and genetics program is to genotype the pulse breeding progenies with inexpensive, high-density DNA markers and then evaluate that information for making selection decisions. He says, “Selection is the fundamental basis of plant breeding. Plant breeders have successfully used conventional breeding to select and develop new and better varieties. The entire breeding process involves considerable time (e.g., 5-10 years) of costly field evaluation to estimate the true genetic value of a potential cultivar. Making this process faster and more efficient is a perennial challenge for plant breeders.”

Visit Bandillo’s faculty web page at www.ag.ndsu.edu/plantsciences/people/faculty/bandillo.

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

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