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Juan M. Osorno

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Office: Loftsgard Hall 374E
Phone: (701) 231-8145
E-mail: Juan.Osorno@ndsu.edu

Associate Professor
Dry Edible Bean Breeding

Dry Bean Breeding Website

Genetic Improvement of Middle-American Climbing Beans for Guatemala

North Dakota is the largest producer of dry beans in the USA. Dry bean varieties developed by the NDSU breeding program account for approximately 50%of the total North Dakota acreage of pinto beans and 66% of black beans. The dry bean breeding program works in the development of varieties in seven market classes: pinto, navy, black, kidney, great northern, small reds, and pinks. Even though crosses are possible among all of them, there are stringent requirements in terms of visual quality such as color, size, shape, cooking characteristics, etc.

Teaching Responsibilities

Education

  • PhD 2006, Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • MS 2003, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
  • BS 1997, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Palmira, Colombia

Professional Experience

  • 2013 - present: Associate Professor and Dry Bean Breeder/Geneticist, Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 2007 - 2013: Assistant Professor and Dry Bean Breeder/Geneticist, Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 2003 - 2006: Graduate Research Assistant, Corn Breeding Program, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
  • 2000 - 2003: Graduate Research Assistant, Common Bean Program, Department of Agronomy and Soils, University of Puerto Rico
  • 1998 - 2000: Research Assistant, Common Bean Genetics Program, CIAT bean genetics program, Cali, Colombia
  • 1997 - 1998: Young Investigator, COLCIENCIAS-BID-CIAT project

Professional Affiliation

  • Member ASA-CSA
  • Member of the "Gamma Sigma Delta" Honor Society of Agriculture, 2003
  • Member of the Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC)
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