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Determination of Heat Stress on Three Blueberry Genotypes

Determination of Heat Stress on Three Blueberry Genotypes
This research was done by then undergraduate student Diarra Aicha funded through a CIBER internship at Delaware State University under the advisement of Dr. Kalpalatha Melmaiee. The research was conducted as an opportunity to teach undergraduates more about agricultural science and research. The objective of the research was to  observe changes in nutritional values in blueberries when exposed to heat stress conditions, in hopes of developing more tolerant plants such as blueberries for agricultural production.

How to Cross Breed Cultivars of Apples

How to Cross Breed Cultivars of Apples
This poster was done by then undergraduate student LaToya Irvin through a Plant Genetics and Breeding class, under Dr. Venugopal Kalavacharla, the Professor & Associate Dean for Research in the College of Agriculture, Science & Technology (CAST), at Delaware State University . The objective of this poster is to illustrate the reproductive process of Apples with hopes to educate students in topics of Plant Breeding.

 Changing the Face of the Bioeconomy 

A bioeconomy, or biobased economy, is an alternative to the unstable fossil-based economy. Since the beginning of the 21st century, this alternate approach has gained attention and momentum. the term “bioeconomy” refers to economic activities supported by the use of renewable, biological resources to produce energy, chemical, industrial and cosmetic products, and other domestic consumables. The bioeconomy produces a value-added economy that improves economic and environmental sustainability and helps to reinforce energy and national security. This presentation will introduce the audience to the bioeconomy and educate them on its richness in biotechnology and research and its focus on sustainability and renewable materials and energy. It will also share job opportunities in the bioeconomy and highlight specific companies and leaders (in private industry) of interest. This presentation is supported through the Consortium for Advanced Bioeconomy Leadership Education (CABLE) Program, led by The Ohio State University, and supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA NIFA).


Participants

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Hello all, my name is Diarra Aicha, I am a first-year graduate student at Delaware State University currently studying a degree in Plant science in the college of Agriculture. I have been in the Agriculture field for most of my college career (as well as high school). I received a bachelor’s degree in agriculture with a concentration in agronomy after I attended a vocational high school where I studied environmental landscaping and technology. My aspiration in life is to work for a sustainable agriculture company specifically in developing countries. Agriculture is one of the main sources of income for many individuals in many developing countries, however not many of these people have access to equipment, technology or the education to advance their livelihood. With a degree in Plant science I will have the opportunity to work in a field that will allow me to spread my knowledge and extend a hand to those who need it.


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Hi guys. My name is Rasheed Habib. I am a graduate student here at Delaware State University. I grew up on a small farm in rural Jamaica, so from a very young age I knew my passion lied in agriculture. I was however indecisive on the exact path I wanted to take so in high school I kept my options open and did an associate degree in Natural Science. After that I went to Costa Rica to pursue an engineering degree in agriculture. At that point in my life I knew I still was not doing exactly what I love because I was not specializing in any specific area. So, after four years of intensive studying in Costa Rica, I took a few months off to orient myself. After which I applied to graduate school here at Delaware state university in agriculture concentrating in plant science which is something I really love.


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LaToya Irvin is a graduate student studying at Delaware State University, majoring in Agriculture with a concentration in Plant Science. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she graduated high school with an associate’s degree in Pastry Arts from Murrell Dobbins CTE HS. She received her bachelor’s degree in Plant science with a concentration of horticulture in May of 2019. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, and reading. She loves to travel the globe and blog about her adventures! She has been to Japan, Jamaica, Belize, and Hawaii. LaToya’s career aspirations are to become a botanist and discover plant species around the world.


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Godfrey Levy is a graduate student enrolled in a master’s in agriculture with a specialization in animal science. He obtained an Associate of Science Degree in Veterinary Science and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education in the country of Jamaica in which he is a citizen. During his early years he had a real interest in animals and their welfare which has motivated his passion to aspire to be a Veterinarian. Apart from the sandy beaches and the lush vegetation of his home in Jamaica, he enjoys meaningful conversations, riding horses and watching national geographic documentaries.


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Good day to all. My name is Byron Manzanero I am a graduate student currently attending Delaware State University majoring in agricultural science focusing on plant science. I am originally from Belize, a third world country located in Central America that is highly dependent on its agricultural sector, especially for export. Enlightened at an early age because of being exposed to agriculture, I saw a great potential for growth in the agronomical sector. After graduating high school, I decided to pursue my studies in agriculture and within two years I had an associate degree (technical degree) in general agriculture. I was not entirely satisfied with my education at that point in time, so I found other opportunities outside my country; after some months of searching, I was accepted at Costa Rica, EARTH University. I then graduated after four years with a bachelor’s degree in agronomy and a ton of knowledge ready to be applied. After graduation, I felt the need to pursue a master’s degree and contribute to research in the agricultural programs, so I applied to DSU (Delaware State University). Upon completing my master’s, I am planning to continue in the agriculture sector to later learn more about precision agriculture and the implementations to help my country’s system develop at a faster yet safer rate.


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Hello! My name is Lungowe Mulozi and I am Zambian. I was born and raised by a single mother whose full-time job is farming. I saw her struggle with empirical agricultural practices and I never wanted to struggle like she did, so I decided to be an architect. I enrolled at one of the top universities in Zambia to study architecture. Three months into the program, I realized that escaping the challenges being faced by farmers does not solve the problem. I thought about the people who will keep producing food for the whole nation including my mother. I decided to change careers and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Sciences in Costa Rica with an ambition to contribute to the improvement of farming systems by using advanced technology. To acquire a broader understanding of plants and how they can be manipulated to improve human lives, I decided to come to DSU where I am currently a master’s student in the College of Agriculture, Technology and Science with a concentration in Plant Science. During my career, I have been able to learn a new language (Spanish) which I speak fluently, do internships and attend conferences in different parts of the world. I recently attended the biggest Annual Plant and Animal Genomics Conference in California, San Diego this January. I do not regret having considered studying science.


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Hello! My name is Miranda Penney and I am a graduate student here at DSU, pursuing my Master’s in Agriculture with a concentration in Plant Science. Delaware has always been my home, so after I graduated from Polytech High School, continuing my education here at DSU was my first choice. Although in high school I earned a technical diploma in Visual Communications, I realized going into college that I was interested in a different path. I enrolled as a Pre-Vet major and, following a series of internships and changes in my major, five years later I ended up with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry and a passion for agriculture and plant science. While I work towards the career in plant breeding that I am passionate about, I continue to enjoy both my academic and personal pursuits, to include cooking, reading, and caring for my variety of pets and houseplants.


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Nyasha Shumbayarerwa is a first-year graduate student at Delaware State University studying for an MSc degree in Plant Science. He graduated from EARTH University in Costa Rica with a B.Sc Agricultural Engineering degree in 2018. Whilst at EARTH, he developed passion for sustainable and climate resilient agriculture as well as a hearty interest in scientific research that focuses on the impacts of extreme events and climate change on agriculture and food security. Nyasha aspires to use his knowledge and experiences to work as a researcher that promotes efforts to systematically develop, link, and apply climate, environmental, sustainable development and food security models for consistent assessment and inter-comparison of climate impacts on the agricultural sector or vice versa.


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Antonio A. Timoteo Junior, is from Mozambique. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at Delaware State University with plant science as the major. He graduated in EARTH University as Agriculture Engineer, BSc in 2018. His work focused more on banana production and disease management, providing different alternatives to replace chemical control. Spent four months in Tanzania working in laboratory as Academic internship, managing main tropical crops diseases. He is passionate about scientific research, believe on creating new alternatives to break paradigms and improve crop production as well.