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Ryan Lenz Presents M.S. Seminar

Ryan Lenz presented a seminar on his M.S. thesis, "A novel genetic linkage map of chokecherry (Prunus virginiana L.) and QTL mapping for X-disease (Candidatus phytoplasma pruni) resistance", on Monday, July 11, 2016. He conducted genetic and biotechnology research to address issues regarding phytoplasma diseases that can devastate plant production systems
Ryan Lenz Presents M.S. Seminar

Ryan Lenz (left) with adviser Dr. Wenhao Dai

July 21, 2016

Ryan Lenz presented a seminar on his M.S. thesis, A novel genetic linkage map of chokecherry (Prunus virginiana L.) and QTL mapping for X-disease (Candidatus phytoplasma pruni) resistance, on Monday, July 11, 2016 in Loftsgard Hall. He conducted genetic and biotechnology research to address issues regarding phytoplasma diseases that can devastate plant production systems.

Working with a population of 101 chokecherry varieties from a cross between X-disease resistant and X-disease susceptible chokecherry plants, he worked to identify genetic loci that could contribute to resistance to X-disease in chokecherry plants. Molecular markers, genetic mapping, and quantitative trait loci were successfully utilized and identified to provide a framework for future genetic and biotechnology studies for X-disease in tree fruit species, including but not limited to chokecherry, peach, apricot, cherry, and plum. This will help address issues regarding phytoplasma diseases that devastate plant production systems.

While at North Dakota State University, Lenz was awarded membership in Gamma Sigma Delta- the Honor Society of Agriculture and the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society. He also participated in the Department of Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association and interned for Monsanto Company-Fargo Trait Field Solutions.

Lenz says, “If you are fascinated by plants’ ability to survive and provide resources, if you love applied research, and if you enjoy delving into the genetic backbone of plant characteristics, Plant Sciences is for you!” He said he was very happy as an undergraduate in the Department of Plant Sciences and wanted to continue his studies where he knew “faculty and staff treat students with respect while providing an exceptional education.”

Lenz will pursue a Ph.D. in Botany and Plant Sciences at Oregon State University.

Dr. Wenhao Dai was Lenz’s adviser and his graduate committee included Dr. Ted Helms, Dr. Francois Marais, Dr. Xuehui Li, and Dr. Stuart Haring.

Source: Ryan Lenz (contact Dr. Wenhao Dai, 701-231-8473, )
Author: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,
Editor: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971, shannon.ueker@ndsu.edu

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