Texas Tech University

2023 Plant & Soil Science Student Research Symposium set for April 19

Norman Martin

April 13, 2023

Texas Tech University's Department of Plant & Soil Science will launch its 2023 Plant & Soil Science Student Research Symposium, featuring more than 30 oral presentations and posters from both undergraduate and graduate research scholars.

The academic unit's annual program will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Apr. 19) in the Texas Tech University Dairy Barn.

Session 1

  • Hopi Avinash Shrestha (Ph.D. Plant Breeding & Genetics) Novel genetic variation for reduced glanding identified in the cotton landrace
  • Shivani Kathi (Ph.D. Horticulture) Increasing vitamin C in arugula and broccoli microgreens
  • Raavi Arora (Ph.D. Soil Science) Influence of legume inclusion on greenhouse gas emissions from pasture systems in the Southern High Plains of Texas
  • Megan Mills (M.S. Weed Science) Axant Flex cotton response to Topramezone in the Texas High Plains

Session 2

  • Lauren Selph (Ph.D. Soil Science) Crop rotation and cover crop effects on soil moisture in a transitional organic system
  • Lois Nwoko (M.S. IGCAST) An improved method for protoplast isolation and gene-editing from soybean root, callus and transgenic hairy-roots
  • Jonah Trevino (Ph.D. Horticulture) Evaluating community garden signage and elements
  • Katherine Coyle (M.S. Soil Science) Investigating adsorption capacities of WWTP products and their potential use as fertilizer

Session 3 (Posters: 1:30 -3 p.m.)

  • Cary Hicks (B.S. Crop Science) Investigating a putative immune receptor specific to grapevine fanleaf virus strain GHu infection and symptom development
  • Christian Stephens (B.S. Plant Breeding & Genetics) Marker-assisted introgression of QTLs regulating number of grains and primary branching in rice towards yield improvement
  • Koy Stanley, Victoria Winkler & Aliah Cardenas (B.S. Crop Science/Soil Science) Temperature and flooding impacts on nutrient release from soils treated with swine waste
  • Madeline Jordan (B.S. Horticulture) Genetic variation of stomatal density in corn
  • Mei Gill (B.S. Soil Science) Soil physical quality indicators as affected by long-term pasture management practices
  • Nick Wilson (B.S. Crop Science) Effects of seed technology and microbial inoculums on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonization in cotton
  • Bandana Osti (M.S. Plant Breeding & Genetics) Impact of cold stress on sphingolipid and glycerol lipid profile of upland cotton during seed germination (Gossypium hirsutum L.)
  • Megan Mills (M.S. Weed Science) Palmer amaranth control with Isoxaflutole applied preplant incorporated or preemergence in cotton
  • Preetaman Bajwa (M.S. Crop Science) Effect of planting dates and seeding densities on growth and yield of Industrial hemp in West Texas
  • Sharandeep Chahal (M.S. Plant Ecology & Conservation) Nutrient niches of orchid mycorrhizal fungi (OMF)
  • Adil Khan (Ph.D. IGCAST) Transcriptome analysis of high-temperature stress in sorghum seed development
  • Alethia Brito-Bello (Ph.D. IGCAST) Green microalgae as a source of biopesticides to improve agricultural practices
  • Aqeela Sehrish (Ph.D. Horticulture) Efficacy of neonicotinoid seed treatment under water-stress in cotton seedlings
  • Arjun Kafle (Ph.D. Horticulture) Effect of deficit irrigation and biochar application on growth, physiology, yield, and water productivity of cucumber in West Texas
  • Arjun Ojha Kshetry (Ph.D. IGCAST) Tissue-culture-free genetic transformation and gene-editing in plants
  • FNU Pallavi (Ph.D. IGCAST) Deciphering the dynamics of sugarcane aphid resistance mechanism in sorghum
  • Hector-Rogelio Najera-Gonzalez (Ph.D. IGCAST) Development of a chemical switch to improve phosphorus assimilation and usage efficiency in plants
  • Lauren Selph (Ph.D. Soil Science) Allelopathic cover crops for palmer amaranth control in a semi-arid organic system
  • Leonidas D'Agostino (Ph.D. IGCAST) Developing single nucleus transcriptome technology for the study of soybean root nodulation
  • Mylea Lovell (Ph.D. IGCAST) Synthetic tetraploidization as a strategy to face abiotic stresses in crops
  • Sanjida Keya (Ph.D. IGCAST) Exogenous salicylic acid helps to mitigate saline stress in cotton
  • Zhiyuan Liu (Ph.D. IGCAST) Develop PACE markers for waxy-sorghum Marker-Assisted Selection


This story was first published in the Davis College NewsCenter. See the original article here.