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Student Honored at Graduate Student Council Research Symposium

Ph.D. student Andrej Svyantek won second place for his oral presentation at the Second Annual NDSU Graduate Student Council Research Symposium on April 6, 2018.

April 12, 2018

Andrej Svyantek, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Plant Sciences at North Dakota State University, won second place for his oral presentation at the Second Annual NDSU Graduate Student Council Research Symposium on April 6, 2018. The symposium is an opportunity for students to gain experience presenting their research and to share their work with the campus community.

Students from all NDSU graduate programs were invited to present their research; 22 departments were represented. Oral and poster presentations were judged by NDSU faculty and staff, and cash prizes were awarded for the top three oral and poster presentations. People's Choice awards also were handed out.

Svyantek presented “Acidity and Cold-Hardiness Are Not Linearly Correlated with Yield for ‘Frontenac’ Grapevines”. His research looked at the relationship between yield and quality parameters for 'Frontenac', the second most widely grown red wine grapevine and one of the most economically important wine grapes in the Dakotas. Because yield is typically so low for growers when following standard commercial practices, he wanted to assess whether there was any reduction of fruit quality directly associated with substantially increasing yield, thus extending and expanding on commercial practices.

Preliminary results of the study indicated no correlation between yield and acid parameters for 'Frontenac' grapevines. If supported through further examination, these results may enable regional growers to confidently increase their yields within current commercial plantings without sacrificing vine health, technological fruit maturity, or wine quality.

Svyantek is from Auburn, Alabama. His graduate program advisor is Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, professor and high value crop production project leader in the Department of Plant Sciences. Members of the high value crop production team who contributed to this research project were John Stenger, Collin Auwarter, Nickolas Theisen, Razi Ibrahim, and Hatterman-Valenti.

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

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