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Ronald Dorcinvil Completes Ph.D. in Plant Sciences

Dorcinvil's research will help NDSU's Oat Breeding program expedite the breeding and releasing of improved oat varieties. Following December graduation, Dorcinvil will begin work with DuPont Pioneer in the Republic of South Africa.
Ronald Dorcinvil Completes Ph.D. in Plant Sciences

Ronald Dorcinvil (right) with adviser Dr. Michael McMullen

Ronald Dorcinvil completed his North Dakota State University Plant Sciences Ph.D. and presented his exit seminar on Friday, December 13. His dissertation, Genetic and Physiological Relationships between Oat Grain Quality Components, examined factors affecting oat grain quality. Those factors included grain yield, test weight, and kernel weight.

Dorcinivil’s research developed genetic linkage maps from two spring oat populations to map quantitative trait loci for the chosen grain traits. His research will help NDSU’s Oat Breeding program researchers use marker assisted selection to expedite the breeding and releasing of improved oat varieties.

A native of Gros Morne, Haiti, Dorcinvil worked for the Haitian Department of Agriculture before a summer 2008 internship with NDSU, which led to his joining the Ph.D. program. While at NDSU he was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and earned the Devin Miller scholarship (2010) and Frank Bain scholarship (2011, 2012 and 2013). Following the December 2013 graduation ceremony, he will begin work with DuPont Pioneer in the Republic of South Africa.

Ronald Dorcinvil’s graduate committee included Dr. Elias Elias, Dr. Juan Osorno, and Dr. John Bitzan. His adviser was Dr. Michael McMullen.

Source: Ronald Dorcinvil (contact Dr. Michael McMullen, 701-231-8165, michael.mcmullen@ndsu.edu)
Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971, shannon.ueker@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384, karen.hertsgaard@ndsu.edu

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