Three students in the School of Graduate Studies’ Plant Biology graduate program, who attended the joint international meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America, came away from the event with several awards for their oral and poster presentations.
The premiere annual gathering for professionals working in the agronomic, crop, soil and related sciences, the four-day international event drew thousands of scientists, professionals, educators and students. Held from October 22-25, in Tampa, FL, the 2017 meeting was themed, “Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future.”
Hui (Eric) Chen, a doctoral candidate, took first place honors in the Graduate Student Oral Paper Competition in the Molecular Techniques, Turf Genetics and Breeding section, for his presentation, Nitrogen Effect on Fine Fescue Fiber and Protein Contents.
Doctoral candidate Cathryn Chapman took third place in the Graduate Student Oral Paper Competition in the Turf Physiology, Breeding, and Genetics section for her presentation, Effects of Elevated Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide on Drought Tolerance and Post-Drought Recovery of Kentucky Bluegrass.” Her poster presentation, Effects of Hormones on Drought Tolerance and Post-Drought Recovery in Creeping Bentgrass, took third place in the Graduate Student Poster Competition in the Turf Science and Management section.
James Hempfling, who is also a doctoral candidate in the Plant Biology program, scored a first place win for his oral paper, Bentgrass susceptibility affects fungicide programming for dollar spot,” which he presented in the Turf Pests: Diseases and Insects section. His Graduate Student poster, Evaluation of dollar spot predictive models on bentgrasses in New Jersey,” in the Turf Management: Pests section, earned him third place in the competition.
Hempfling also took home international honors at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Division American Phytopathological Society, held in Québec, Canada, in November 1-3. He took first place for his oral paper presentation, Dollar spot control affected by bentgrass susceptibility and fungicide programming.