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Michael S. McMullen

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Office: Loftsgard Hall 370D
Phone: (701) 231-8165
E-mail: Michael.Mcmullen@ndsu.edu

Professor
Oat Breeding, Genetics

Oat germplasm is being produced that will improve human health by increasing consumption of soluble fiber to improve blood serum cholesterol levels for individuals with hypercholesterolemia and by moderating glucose metabolism of individuals with Type II diabetes.

The oat cultivar, HiFi (2003), developed at NDSU produces approximately 1.5 times the groat BG concentration than occurs in cultivars currently used to produce oat food products and is allowing production of unique oat food products that exhibit superior nutritional health benefits. The oat milling industry continues to increase its utilization of HiFi to produce food products that confer superior health benefits to human consumers. HiFi is providing a model for understanding the role of transposable elements and genetic enhancers in controlling expression of genes that control nutritional quality and plant growth.

Newburg (released in February 2011) provides crown rust resistance equivalent to Rockford, increased grain yield potential relative to Rockford, and resistance to race NA67 stem rust. Newburg provides growers with the only cultivar with genetic resistance to the prevalent races of both stem rust and crown rust.

Teaching Responsibilities

Education

  • PhD 1976, University of Minnesota
  • MS 1973, Colorado State University
  • BS 1969, Illinois State University

Professional Experience

  • 2008 - present: Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 1982 - 2008: Associate Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 1976 - 1982: Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

Professional Affiliation

  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • American Oat Association
  • American Oat Workers Conference Executive Committee
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