College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Plant Science & Landscape Architecture

Plant Science Lecture Series

Fall 2018

Except where otherwise indicated, seminars will be held Thursdays at 4 pm in PLS 1140. If you are interested in meeting with any of the speakers, please notify the host faculty member.


Guest Speaker:

Presentation Title



September 6 Dr. Mark SorrellsThe Discipline of Plant Breeding Cornell University Dr. Vijay Tiwari
September 13 Dr. Bret CooperMass Spectrometry for  Changing the Way We Think About Plant-Associated MicrobesUSDA-ARS, Soybean Genomics and Improvement Laboratory

 Dr. Vijay Tiwari

September 20 Dr. Yong GuA Genomics Approach to Understand the Genetic Complexity of Traits Associated With End-Use Quality and Food Allergy in WheatUSDA-ARS, West Regional Research Center Dr.Nidhi Rawat
September 27 Dr. Alyssa KoehlerBridging research and extension to manage diseases in stevia and field crops University of Delaware Dr. Joseph Roberts

October 4

 Dr. Peter Balint-Kurti

Towards a Rather Incomplete Understanding of the Genetics of Maize Resistance and Defense Response

North Carolina State   University Dr. Nidhi Rawat
October 11
 Dr. Grace BrushThe pre-Colonial and post-Colonial Chesapeake Bay Johns Hopkins University Dr. Maile Neel
October 18
 Dr. Qiudeng Que

Development of molecular technologies for novel crop trait research

 Syngenta Dr. Yiping Qi
October 25
 Dr. Vasu Kuraparthy

Modifications to a Late Meristem Identity 1-like gene are responsible for the major leaf shapes of Upland Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.).


North Carolina State University Dr. Nidhi Rawat
November 1
Dr. Joshua Blakeslee

Developing Metabolomics Tools to Dissect Plant Stress Responses

 Ohio State University Dr. Angus Murphy
November 8
Dr. Carl Griffey

“30 Years of Wheat Breeding” - Past, Present and Future Improvements of Wheat

 Virginia TechDr. Jason Wight & Dr. Vijay Tiwari
November 15
 Dr. Seung Yon RheeBig Lessons From a Small Plant: Applying bottom-up strategies to discover novel regulators of plant growth and developmentCarnegie Institute for ScienceJoseph Doherty, Ph.D. Student
November 22
Thanksgiving: NO LECTURE   
November 29
 Dr. Natalia PeresIntegrated approaches to manage strawberry diseases in nurseries and fruit production fields University of Florida Dr. Mengjun Hu
December 6
Dr. Jose FeijoTBD University of Maryland Dr. Yiping Qi

To nominate or invite a speaker, please contact Dr.Vijay Tiwari at or call 301-405-1730.

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