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Students, faculty recognized at industrial crops meeting

Students and faculty from the NDSU Department of Plant Sciences won awards for their presentations during the Association for the Advancement of Industrial Crops 2019 annual meeting in Tucson, Arizona, Sept. 8-11. The theme of this year’s meeting was “Advancing the Adoption of Industrial Crops through Innovation and Technology.”

Master’s degree student Alex Wittenberg received the Best Student Oral Presentation award in the Oilseeds division with his presentation, “Fall Sowing Dates in Camelina Affected Plant Density.” He is from Valley City, North Dakota, and is advised by Marisol Berti, professor and forages and biomass project leader.

Master’s degree student Kutay Yilmaz was recognized with a Student Travel Grant in the General Crops and Products division with his presentation, “Seeding Date Effect on Grain Sorghum Performance in North Dakota.” He is from Turkey and is advised by Burton Johnson, professor and new crops project leader.

Johnson won the Best Presentation award in the General Crops and Products division with his presentation, “Seeding Date and Seed Treatment Effect on Industrial Hemp Stand Establishment.” Johnson also serves on the AAIC board of directors.

The annual meeting provides an opportunity for researchers to present developments in industrial crops and new crops, discuss new research findings, learn about emerging technologies and collaborate with colleagues. The association covers research in five divisions – Fiber and Cellulosic Crops, Oilseeds, Natural Rubber and Resin, Medicinal and Nutraceutical Plants, and General Crops and Products.

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