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Santosh Sharma Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Department of Plant Sciences Ph.D. candidate Santosh Sharma presented an exit seminar on his research titled, Quantitative Genetics of Drought Resistance in Early Maturing Maize (Zea mays L.) on Friday, September 4, 2015 on the North Dakota State University campus.
Santosh Sharma Presents Ph.D. Seminar

Santosh Sharm (left) with adviser Dr. Marcelo Carena

Santosh Sharma dissertation video

Department of Plant Sciences Ph.D. candidate Santosh Sharma presented an exit seminar on his research titled, Quantitative Genetics of Drought Resistance in Early Maturing Maize (Zea mays L.) on Friday, September 4, 2015. Sharma explains, “Short season drought resistance is key to developing a corn cultivar that will perform in environments like western North Dakota and eastern Montana. We have proposed a new high throughput, non-destructive, and reliable method of phenotyping corn root architecture utilizing brace root scoring leading to drought resistance. Based on our research in drought, the genetic parameters indicate reciprocal recurrent selection will be most efficient to develop corn cultivars with high yield and desired grain quality in drought stress environments.”

Sharma was a member of the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association, the Nepalese Student Association, Gamma Sigma Delta, and the Crop Sciences Society of America. He received the Glenn S. Smith International Graduate Fellowship (2014), John H. Longwell, Jr. Memorial Scholarship (2013), and the Charles and Linda Moses Presidential Graduate Fellowship Scholarship (2008-2010, 2013-2015).

Sharma, a native of Nepal, says he chose NDSU for its excellence in applied plant breeding research and wishes to tell prospective graduate students that if they are interested in applied breeding, NDSU is the best university at which to learn theory and gain hands-on experience. Looking ahead, Sharma will be looking to work as a breeder in a university setting or for a private company.

Santosh Sharma’s Graduate Committee included Dr. Michael McMullen, Dr. Edward Deckard, Dr. Adnan Akyuz, and major adviser Dr. Marcelo Carena.

Source: Santosh Sharma (contact Dr. Marcelo Carena, 701-231-8138, )
Author: Shannon Ueker, 701-231-7971, shannon.ueker@ndsu.edu
Editor: Karen Hertsgaard, 701-231-5384,

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