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Wenhao (David) Dai

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Office: Loftsgard Hall 374C
Phone: (701) 231-8473
E-mail: Wenhao.Dai@ndsu.edu

Professor
Woody Plant Physiology & Biotechnology

The woody plant physiology and biotechnology program focuses on development of hardy and stress (biotic and abiotic) resistant woody species (small fruit, landscape, and biomass species) using both conventional (introduction, selection, and controlled hybridization) and biotechnology (in vitro mutagenesis, genetic engineering, and gene mapping) approaches. For example, development of X-disease resistant chokecherries and iron chlorosis resistant poplar trees using gene transfer method. Molecular genetics method is being used to map genes/molecular markers linked to X-disease resistance and to identify genes related to iron chlorosis in poplar species. Overall, the research program has potential to increase tree planting and conserve natural resources, which will benefit all North Dakotans and enhance the quality of life in communities and family farms.

Teaching Responsibilities

Education

  • PhD 2001, Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • MS 1995, Horticulture/Pomology, Nanjing Agricultural University, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Professional Experience

  • 2017 - present: Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 2009 - 2017: Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 2002 - 2009: Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 2001 - 2002: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Biotech Center for Agriculture and the Environment, Rutgers University

Professional Affiliation

  • American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS)
  • International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS)
  • The Society for In Vitro Biology (SIVB)
  • North Dakota Nursery and Greenhouse Association (NDNGA)
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