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Swarup Podder Defends M.S. Thesis

Swarup Podder successfully defended his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Screening for Forage Sorghum Genotypes with Chilling Tolerance, on June 11, 2019 at North Dakota State University.
Swarup Podder Defends M.S. Thesis

Swarup Podder (right) with advisor Marisol Berti

July 1, 2019

Swarup Podder successfully defended his Plant Sciences M.S. thesis, Screening for Forage Sorghum Genotypes with Chilling Tolerance, on June 11, 2019 at North Dakota State University. He was advised by Marisol Berti, professor of forages and biomass crop production.

The objective of his research study was to screen and select potential forage sorghum genotypes for increased chilling tolerance and biomass productivity. More than 70 genotypes were evaluated in growth chamber and field experiments, and some showed increase chilling tolerance and biomass yield. These genotypes may be useful for future forage sorghum breeding programs

Podder is from Bangladesh and completed his undergraduate degree at Khulna University in Bangladesh. He chose to pursue his master’s degree at NDSU because it is “widely recognized for excellent academic and research activities in the area of plant sciences.”

“NDSU Plant Sciences is a great place to study,” said Podder. “Faculty and staff are so friendly and responsive.”

During his graduate studies at NDSU, Podder participated in the Plant Sciences Graduate Student Association and the Bangladeshi Student Organization. In August 2018, he spent time as a visiting graduate student at Kansas State University.

He also received several awards and honors.

  • Inducted into NDSU Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta (2019)
  • Second place poster presentation at the Second Annual Gamma Sigma Delta NDSU Faculty and Student Symposium (2019)
  • Charles and Linda Moses Presidential Graduate Fellowship Endowment (2018-19)
  • Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops Student Travel Grant Award (2017)

Podder is pursuing a Ph.D. in Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences at Virginia Tech.

His graduate committee included Berti, Michael S. McMullen, Qi Zhang and James V. Anderson.

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

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