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Ramon Huerta-Zurita Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Ramon Huerta-Zurita successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on May 9, 2016. The title of his thesis is "Prediction of Wort Fermentability in Two-Rowed Barley Genotypes". His adviser is Dr. Paul Schwarz.
Ramon Huerta-Zurita Defends Ph.D. Thesis

Ramon Huerta-Zurita (right) and adviser Dr. Paul Schwarz

June 9, 2016

Ramon Huerta-Zurita Ph.D. Dissertation Video

Ramon Huerta-Zurita successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis on May 9, 2016. The title of his thesis is Prediction of Wort Fermentability in Two-Rowed Barley Genotypes. His adviser is Dr. Paul Schwarz.

Huerta-Zurita’s research goal was to determine the malt quality parameters associated with fermentability of two-rowed barley. Fermentability is related to how much beer can be produced from a given amount of malt, which is especially important for all-malt beers. He says that sample amount is limited in early stages of malt barley breeding and he wanted to find barley genotypes with high fermentability by evaluating just a few key malt parameters, in order to streamline the breeding and testing processes.

Huerta-Zurita chose to pursue his degree at North Dakota State University because “the Cereal Science graduate program and the barley project at NDSU are recognized worldwide. They have had a significant impact on the science and technology that we use nowadays in cereal crops.” He also praises the Department of Plant Sciences at NDSU, saying it “offers top-level research in different crops, which are important not only in North Dakota but worldwide.”

He received several scholarships at NDSU including the American Society of Brewing Chemists (ASBC) MillerCoors Graduate Scholarship in 2014 and 2015; the ASBC North American Brewers Association Graduate Scholarship in 2014; the NDSU Department of Plant Sciences Rahr Malting Scholarship in 2014; and the NDSU Department of Plant Sciences Frank Bain Scholarship in 2015. He was a student member of the ASBC.

Huerta-Zurita will return to Mexico to work at the National Institute for Forestry, Agriculture, and Livestock Research (Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agricolas y Pecuarias - INIFAP), where he worked before coming to NDSU.

Members of his graduate committee included Schwarz, Dr. Richard Horsley, Dr. Frank Manthey and Dr. Halis Simsek.

Source: Ramon Huerta-Zurita (contact Dr. Paul Schwarz, 701-231-7732, )
Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu
Editor: Kamie Beeson, 701-231-7123,

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