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PSS Student Research Symposium

2022 PSS Student Research Symposium

The 2023 Plant & Soil Science Student Research Symposium will be held from 9:00am to 3:30pm on Wednesday, April 19th in the TTU Dairy Barn!

This annual symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for students at all stages of their programs to present their research and receive feedback from peers, faculty, staff, and external experts. It is particularly beneficial to graduate and undergraduate PSS students or collaborators who are conducting research and are planning to present their work at major conferences.

Lunch will be provided for participants and attendees.

Have questions about your abstracts and posters? Check out the presenter guidelines for requirements, parameters, and advice.

Presenter Guidelines


2023 Symposium Details

Date:  April 19, 2023

Time:  9:00am — 3:30pm

Location:  TTU Dairy Barn

Contact:  Dr. Lindsey Slaughter

Volunteer:  As always, we need judges for the morning (oral) and afternoon (poster) student competitions! If you would like to volunteer or if you have any questions about the symposium, please contact Dr. Lindsey Slaughter or another member of the symposium planning committee (Drs. Rosalyn Shim, Matthew Siebecker, Scott Longing, and Sanjit Deb).


2023 Schedule & Abstracts
Presenter Guidelines



2023 Schedule

Download printable schedule here

9:00am - 9:30am Coffee Social
9:30am Opening Remarks & Introductions
Session 1 — Oral Session | Moderator: Shaida Rumi
9:35am Novel genetic variation for reduced glanding identified in the cotton landrace Hopi Avinash Shrestha PhD Plant Breeding & Genetics
9:50am Increasing vitamin C in arugula and broccoli microgreens Shivani Kathi PhD Horticulture
10:05am Influence of legume inclusion on greenhouse gas emissions from pasture systems in the Southern High Plains of Texas Raavi Arora PhD Soil Science
10:20am Axant™ Flex cotton response to Topramezone in the Texas High Plains Megan Mills MS Weed Science
Session 2 — Oral Session | Moderator: Vaishnavi Varikuti
10:50am Crop rotation and cover crop effects on soil moisture in a transitional organic system Lauren Selph PhD Soil Science
11:05am An improved method for protoplast isolation and gene-editing from soybean root, callus and transgenic hairy-roots Lois Nwoko MS Institute of Genomics
for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance
11:20am Evaluating community garden signage and elements Jonah Trevino PhD Horticulture
11:35am Investigating adsorption capacities of WWTP products and their potential use as fertilizer Katherine Coyle MS Soil Science
Lunch Break | 11:50am - 1:00pm
Session 3 — Poster Session | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Investigating a putative immune receptor specific to grapevine fanleaf virus strain GHu infection and symptom development Cary Hicks BS Crop Science
Marker-assisted introgression of QTLs regulating number of grains and primary branching in rice towards yield improvement Christian Stephens BS Plant Breeding & Genetics
Temperature and flooding impacts on nutrient release from soils treated with swine waste Koy Stanley,
Victoria Winkler,
Aliah Cardenas
BS Crop Science / Soil Science
Genetic variation of stomatal density in corn Madeline Jordan BS Horticulture
Soil physical quality indicators as affected by long-term pasture management practices Mei Gill BS Soil Science
Effects of seed technology and microbial inoculums on arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi colonization in cotton Nick Wilson BS Crop Science
Impact of cold stress on sphingolipid and glycerol lipid profile of upland cotton during seed germination (Gossypium hirsutum L.) Bandana Osti MS Plant Breeding & Genetics
Palmer amaranth control with Isoxaflutole applied preplant incorporated or preemergence in cotton Megan Mills MS Weed Science
Effect of planting dates and seeding densities on growth and yield of Industrial hemp in West Texas. Preetaman Bajwa MS Crop Science
Nutrient niches of orchid mycorrhizal fungi (OMF) Sharandeep Chahal MS Plant Ecology & Conservation
Transcriptome analysis of high-temperature stress in sorghum seed development Adil Khan PhD Institute of Genomics
for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance
Green microalgae as a source of biopesticides to improve agricultural practices Alethia Brito-Bello PhD Institute of Genomics
for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance
Efficacy of neonicotinoid seed treatment under water-stress in cotton seedlings Aqeela Sehrish PhD Horticulture
Effect of deficit irrigation and biochar application on growth, physiology, yield, and water productivity of cucumber in West Texas Arjun Kafle PhD Horticulture
Tissue-culture-free genetic transformation and gene-editing in plants Arjun Ojha Kshetry PhD Institute of Genomics
for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance
Deciphering the dynamics of sugarcane aphid resistance mechanism in sorghum FNU Pallavi PhD Institute of Genomics
for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance
Development of a chemical switch to improve phosphorus assimilation and usage efficiency in plants Hector-Rogelio Najera-Gonzalez PhD Institute of Genomics
for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance
Allelopathic cover crops for palmer amaranth control in a semi-arid organic system Lauren Selph PhD Soil Science
Developing single nucleus transcriptome technology for the study of soybean root nodulation Leonidas D'Agostino PhD Institute of Genomics
for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance
Synthetic tetraploidization as a strategy to face abiotic stresses in crops Mylea Lovell PhD Institute of Genomics
for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance
Exogenous salicylic acid helps to mitigate saline stress in cotton Sanjida Keya PhD Institute of Genomics
for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance
Develop PACE markers for waxy-sorghum Marker-Assisted Selection Zhiyuan Liu PhD Institute of Genomics
for Crop Abiotic Stress Tolerance
Awards Ceremony | 3:30pm