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Graduate student earns Certified Horticulturist designation

Abigail Debner, NDSU graduate student in plant sciences, became an American Society of Horticultural Science Certified Horticulturist after passing a certification exam during the society's annual meeting in August. Individuals who earn the designation have demonstrated skill and knowledge in all areas of horticulture.

The four-hour exam, developed by industry experts, consists of 200 questions on topics such as landscape design and maintenance, plant production and propagation, diagnosing plant problems and business practices.

To qualify for the Certified Horticulturist exam, applicants must have more than three years of experience or a corresponding level of experience and education. Continuing Education Units must be earned and reported to society to maintain the certification.

The objective of the program is to provide education that improves the competency of personnel in horticultural industries, create incentives for professional development and identify professionals who are competent in horticultural practices.

Debner attended the annual meeting on a society travel scholarship. As a requirement of the scholarship, she delivered a presentation titled "Rooting Single-node Floricane Blackberry Cuttings."

Debner is pursuing her horticulture master's degree. Her adviser is Harlene Hatterman-Valenti, plant sciences assistant department head, professor and high value crop production project leader.

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