Texas Tech University

Plant and Soil Science Seminar Series

TTU Campus

Fall 2017, Thursdays, from 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Chemistry Building, Room 101.

 We have an interesting line-up of speakers this semester comprised of local speakers (from on-campus), invited speakers from out-of-state as well as some of our own doctoral candidates in the department who will give us glimpses of what they have accomplished in their research projects during the last three to four years of their programs.

  Seminar topics represent the breadth of interests in the department from basic to applied, from molecular, to cellular, organismal, and agro-ecosystems level of plant research as well as plant products research.



Title of Seminar


Sept. 7

Dr. Megan Sweeney

Bayer, Crop Science Division Raleigh-Durham, NC

Cotton breeding in the Ag industry

De los Reyes

Sept. 14

Dr. Junping Chen

USDA-ARS, Plant Stress and Germplasm Development Research, Lubbock, TX

Phenotyping and molecular characterization of the effects of drought and heat stresses on cotton, maize, and sorghum

De los Reyes

Sept. 21

Dr. Venugopal Mendu

Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, and Fiber and Biopolymer Research Institute, Texas Tech University

Importance of cell walls in biomass based biofuel production


Sept. 28

Vimal Balasubramanian

PhD candidate

Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University

Deciphering the role of phenolic acids and laccases in cell wall development


Oct. 5

Victoria Xiong

PhD candidate

Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University

Calibration of ALMANAC and APSIM models for simulating growth of Old World bluestem


Oct. 12

Dr. Carl M. Deom

UGA Extension, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Two faces of a plant virologist


Oct. 19

Dr. Vivian C.H. Wu

USDA-ARS, Western Regional Research Center, Albany, CA

Innovative technology for produce safety

De los Reyes

Oct. 26

Steve Verett

Plains Cotton Growers Inc.

Texas High Plains Cotton:
Crop update, world cotton outlook and farm policy


Nov. 2

Sumedha Liyanage

Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University


Application of FTIR imaging to investigate biochemical composition of biological tissues


Nov. 9

Dr. Heather Throop

School of Earth and Space Exploration, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ

Carbon cycling in litter and surface soils in a drier world: Lessons from abiotic and biotic processes in drylands

Slaughter/ Weindorf

Nov. 16

Krishna Bhandari

PhD Candidate

Dept. of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University

Arthropod and soil microbial community size and composition in native and introduced pastures


Nov. 30

Dr. H. Brent Pemberton

Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Overton, TX

The wide world of ornamental horticulture: Bedding plants, roses and poinsettias


Department of Plant and Soil Science