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OHIO AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER

2015 oardc annual research conference

Water Quality
Sustaining a Vital Resource
Deanna Osmond

North Carolina State University


Can We Protect Water Quality?
The Importance of Watersheds

Jay Martin

The Ohio State University


Field to Faucet: Impacts of Phosphorus and
Steps Forward in the Western Lake Erie Basin

THURSDAY

APRIL 16, 2015


8:30 A.M.3:30 P.M.
DOORS OPEN AT 7:45 A.M.

Conference and Poster


Competition Location:
Nationwide & Ohio
Farm Bureau 4-H Center,
Columbus, OH

Program
8:308:50 a.m. Registration and Poster Set-up (light refreshments provided)
8:509:00 a.m. Introductions and Opening Remarks
David A. Benfield, Associate Director, Ohio Agricultural Research
and Development Center, College of Food, Agricultural, and
Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University

9:009:30 a.m. Update on Research Activities in the College of Food,


Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences
Steven A. Slack, Associate Vice President for Agricultural
Administration and Director, Ohio Agricultural Research and
Development Center, College of Food, Agricultural, and
Environmental Sciences, The Ohio State University

9:3010:00 a.m. CFAESs Role in Solving Todays Challenges for a Better


Tomorrow
Bruce A. McPheron, Vice President for Agricultural Administration
and Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental
Sciences, The Ohio State University

10:0010:15 a.m. Break


10:1510:55 a.m. Can We Protect Water Quality? The Importance of
Watersheds
Deanna Osmond, Professor in the Department of Soil Science,
North Carolina State University

10:5511:35 a.m. Field to Faucet: Impacts of Phosphorus and Steps Forward in


the Western Lake Erie Basin
Jay Martin, Professor of Ecological Engineering, Department of
Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, The Ohio State
University

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11:35 a.m.12:50 p.m. Poster Viewing with Poster Authors


12:501:30p.m. Lunch Break
1:303:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
Jeffrey Reutter, Director, Ohio Sea Grant College Program, Stone
Laboratory, Center for Lake Erie Area Research, and Great Lakes
Aquatic Ecosystem Research Consortium, The Ohio State University
Richard Moore, Executive Director, OSU Environmental Sciences
Network; Associate Director of Academics, OSU Office of Energy
and the Environment; Professor, School of Environment and Natural
Resources, The Ohio State University
Karl Gebhardt, Deputy Director for Water Resources,
Ohio Environmental Protection Agency
Marty Kress, Assistant Vice President for Research Business
Development, Office of Research, The Ohio State University
Libby Dayton, Soil Scientist, School of Environment and Natural
Resources, The Ohio State University
Mazeika Sullivan, Associate Professor, School of Environment and
Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, and Director of Ohio
States Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park

3:003:30 p.m. Awards

2015 Annual Research Conference Committee:


OARDC Directors Office
CFAES Communications
OARDC Information Technology

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Speakers
Deanna Osmond
Deanna Osmond works at the interface of nutrient
management, conservation practices, and water quality
in the Soil Science Department at North Carolina State
University. She received her BS in Agronomy and
Anthropology from Kansas State University, her MS in Soil
Science from North Carolina State University, and her PhD
in Agronomy from Cornell University. For the past 25 years
she has conducted field- and watershed-scale experiments to find conservation
practices that reduce nutrient loading, especially in impaired watersheds; as an
extension specialist she has then used the information to extend this information
to farmers and agency personnel. Recently, she led a national team to determine
the effectiveness of conservation efforts at the watershed scale across the
United States and more importantly, transfer the lessons learned from this work
to multiple stakeholders.

Jay Martin
Jay Martin is a professor of ecological engineering who
analyzes and integrates coupled human and natural
systems. He serves as the Lead Faculty for the Global
Water Initiative and the Field to Faucet Program at Ohio
State. His research focuses on interactions between
watersheds and downstream ecosystems and interactions
with residents. He is currently leading an NSF project
investigating connections between water quality in western Lake Erie and the
upstream watershed. He has completed similar projects in the Great Lakes and
Mississippi Delta/Gulf of Mexico. His other areas of research include natural
systems for water treatment, small-scale bioenergy production, and analyzing
ecosystem sustainability.

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Discussion Panelists
Jeffrey Reutter
Jeffrey Reutter began working on Lake Erie at Stone
Laboratory in 1971 and has directed four programs at The
Ohio State University since 1987F.T. Stone Laboratory, the
Ohio Sea Grant College Program, the Center for Lake Erie
Area Research, and the Great Lakes Aquatic Ecosystem
Research Consortium, a consortium of top scientists at 12 Ohio colleges. He has
been a member of the Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel, where
he chaired the Education Sub-Panel and served on the Research to Application
Task Force. He served for 21 years on the Council of Great Lakes Research
Managers for the International Joint Commission in U.S. State Department with
six years as U.S. co-chair, and has been the president of the National Association
of Marine Laboratories (NAML) and the Ohio State Chapter of the Scientific
Research Society, Sigma Xi. He is the U.S. co-chair of the Great Lakes Regional
Research Information Network (GLRRIN), the Lake Erie Millennium Network,
and the Objectives and Loadings Task Team for Annex 4 (nutrients) of the Great
Lakes Water Quality Agreement. He served for 12 years on the Board of the Great
Lakes Protection Fund and is currently a trustee for The Nature Conservancy in
Ohio, the Alliance for the Great Lakes, and the Cleveland Water Alliance. Reutter
is an aquatic biologist and limnologist, and a frequent lecturer on issues related
to the changing Lake Erie ecosystem, harmful algal blooms, nutrient loading,
aquatic invasive species, linking environmental health and coastal economic
development, Great Lakes research needs and priorities, the importance of
science education and research, and the importance of scientists communicating
with the public. Reutter received his BS and MS from The Ohio State University in
fisheries management and his PhD from Ohio State in Environmental Biology.

Richard Moore
Richard Moore is executive director of the Environmental
Sciences Network (ESN) and associate director for
academics of the Office of Energy and Environment (OEE) at
The Ohio State University. In these roles he helped launch
the Global Water and Field to Faucet Initiatives. He designed
the Alpine Nutrient Trading Program, which has been labeled as thePoster Child
of Water Quality Tradingat the 2014 U.S. House of Representatives Hearing
on Water Quality Trading. This small trading program was designed to meet

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the requirements of an EPA NPDES permit of a cheese factory by using county


SWCDs as the broker and having local farmers reduce their phosphorus pollution.
The success of this led to expansion of the program to the 21 counties in the
Muskingum Watershed. The Alpine program is part of research in the Sugar Creek
Watershed near Wooster where OARDC researchers worked with local farmers
on grants from NSF, USDA and EPA. Moore serves on the Executive Committee
for the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors of the National Council for
Science and the Environment and is past president of the Culture and Agriculture
subgroup of the American Anthropological Association and NC1190Catalysts for
Water Resources Protection and Restoration: Applied Social Science Research.
Moore is also currently the lead Ohio State PI for the USDA NIFA grantClimate
Change, Mitigation, and Adaptation in Corn-based Cropping Systems.

Karl Gebhardt
Karl Gebhardt joined the Ohio Environmental Protection
Agency in April 2014 as deputy director for water resources
and chief of the Division of Surface Water. As deputy
director, Gebhardt coordinates efforts between OEPA
and other state agencies on water quality issues affecting
Lake Erie, the Ohio River and Ohios inland waters. As chief of the Division
of Surface Water he manages a staff of 209 responsible for the issuance of
NPDES permits, Permits to Install, establishing water quality standards, assuring
permit compliance, developing Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) studies and
implementing the 401 water quality certification program. Gebhardt came to Ohio
EPA from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), where he served
as deputy director, chief of the Division of Soil and Water Resources and as the
agencys point person for water quality and water resource issues. Gebhardt
earned a masters degree in public policy and management from The Ohio
State University, a bachelors degree in business administration from Franklin
University and an associate degree in natural resources from Hocking College.

Marty Kress
Marty Kress currently serves as the assistant vice president
for research business development in the Office of
Research at The Ohio State University. In this capacity, he is
responsible for framing innovative interdisciplinary research
activities and for accessing non-traditional funding. Prior
to joining Ohio State in May 2013, Kress was the executive director of the Von
Braun Center for Science & Innovationa not-for-profit organization that was
established in Huntsville in 2006 to foster and promote collaborative research

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for developmentthe integration of university and industry research to provide


new and innovative applications. Kress has also worked for the U.S. Senate
(senior energy analyst on the Senate Budget Committee and senior majority
staff of the Subcommittee on Science, Technology and Space), NASA (associate
administrator for legislative affairs and deputy center director of NASA Glenn),
and Battelle (vice president/general manager of the NASA Sector). Kress has
degrees from Notre Dame, Northeastern, and MIT, and was a PhD candidate in
political science at Georgetown.

Libby Dayton
Libby Dayton is a soil scientist in the School of Environment
and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University. As part
of the Soil Chemistry Research Group at Ohio State, Dayton
has an active research program, including mitigation of nonpoint source agricultural pollution, evaluation of agricultural
best management practices and beneficial use of Toledo Harbor Dredge material
in soils applications. Dayton received a BS in Environmental Science from the
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and a MS and PhD in Soil Science from
Oklahoma State University.

Mazeika Sullivan
Mazeika Sullivan is an associate professor in the School
of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio
State University and director of Ohio States Schiermeier
Olentangy River Wetland Research Park. Sullivans research
addresses the ecology, conservation and management of
aquatic and riparian ecosystems. In addition to research in Ohio watersheds,
Sullivan conducts research in the central Appalachians, the northern Rockies, and
Californias Sierra Nevada mountain range as well as internationally in Eastern
Europe and South America. Sullivans teaching reflects his interests and research
in water resources and aquatic ecosystems, teaching classes in the aquatic
sciences. Sullivan was a 2014 recipient of the Alumni Award for Distinguished
Teaching and is a member of The Ohio State Academy of Teaching. Recently,
he was named a Fulbright Distinguished Chair of Biodiversity and Sustainable
Development. Sullivan received a BA in Anthropology from Dartmouth College,
and a MS in Biology and a PhD in Natural Resources from the University of
Vermont.

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2015 OARDC Distinguished


Junior Faculty Research Award

Photo by Ken Chamberlain

Andy Michel
Andy Michel is an associate
professor in the Department of
Entomology, based on the Wooster
campus. He is recognized for his
research that seeks to understand
how insect pests adapt to rapidly
changing selection pressures in
agroecosystems, and how this
information can help ensure a
safer and more productive food
supply. He joined OARDC in 2007
as an assistant professor and was
promoted in 2013.
Michel runs the Insect Molecular
Ecology and Adaptation Laboratory
(iMEAL), which focuses on two of
the most important insect pests on
agronomic crops: soybean aphid
and Western corn rootworm. Michel conducts research that seeks to understand
the genetic mechanisms of aphid adaptation and develop improved management
strategies to extend the durability and sustainability of aphid-resistant soybeans.
His lab leads the way in soybean aphid genetics and molecular biology,
publishing more than 20 research papers in journals such as Evolutionary
Applications, Genome Biology and Evolution, BMC Genomics, and Heredity.
Meanwhile, in the case of Western corn rootworm (often called the billion dollar
corn pest), Michel has identified genetic markers linked to Bt resistancea
valuable discovery considering the fact that this beetle has recently evolved
resistance to transgenic Bt corn, threatening this extremely valuable tool. This is
the first example of an innovative, molecular marker approach for evaluating Bt
resistance spread and risk.

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Michels expertise in population genomics has helped him establish other


successful collaborations and multiple publications across CFAES departments.
These projects include studying emerging plant disease vectors, bacterial
endosymbiont interactions with insects, impact of plant domestication on insect
adaptation, climate change adaptation in an Antarctic insect, and conservation of
native lady beetle populations. The techniques and expertise of iMEAL have also
enabled international collaborations including on Asian citrus psyllid genetics in
Mexico and on resistance adaptation in two Brazilian caterpillars.
In total, Michel has published 41 papers while at OARDC and has received
more than $5 million in funding as principal investigator or co-PI. He has also
delivered 93 presentations and co-written more than 20 fact sheets and bulletins
and more than 300 newsletter articles. Additionally, Michels outreach and
Extension program targets agronomic crop producers and helps them implement
appropriate insect-management practices.
The OARDC Distinguished Junior Faculty Research Award consists of a plaque
and $1,000 for Michel and $3,000 added to the operating expense account of his
OARDC research program for one year.

Selection committee: Anne Dorrance (chair), Charles Goebel, Michelle Jones, Gireesh
Rajashekara

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2015 OARDC Distinguished


Senior Faculty Research Award

Photo by Ken Chamberlain

Steve Schwartz
Steve Schwartz is a professor
in the Department of Food
Science and Technology, based
on the Columbus campus. He is
recognized for his research into
the role of dietary phytochemicals
and functional foods in health,
particularly cancer prevention. He
joined OARDC in 1996 as Carl E.
Haas Endowed Professor of Food
Science and Technology and has
also been a faculty member in the
Interdisciplinary PhD Program in
Nutrition since 1997.
Particularly noteworthy is Schwartzs
work in the area of carotenoids,
which have been shown to play a
role in the prevention of several
types of cancer. He has demonstrated that consuming vegetables with lipids
enhances the absorption of carotenoids and bioconversion of pro-vitamin A betacarotene. Schwartzs analytical methods to separate and quantify carotenoid
isomers are now used by researchers worldwide. Working with David Francis
in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science, he discovered that unique
varieties of tomatoes developed at OARDC were significant sources of provitamin A and highly bioavailable lycopene.
Schwartz is now taking his research to a new level, expanding into the
groundbreaking field of food and nutritional metabolomics. He was recently
selected to lead an OSU Discovery Theme Initiative on this topic, which will make
Ohio State one of only a handful of institutions in the United States with this
expertise.

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Additionally, Schwartz is the director or co-director of four major centers: the


Center for Advanced Functional Foods Research and Entrepreneurship (CAFFRE),
the Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies (CAPPS, a National
Science Foundation Industry University Cooperative Research Center), the Food
Innovation Center (FIC), and the Nutrient and Phytochemical Analytic Shared
Resource (NPASR, part of Ohio States Comprehensive Cancer Center).
Since joining Ohio State, Schwartz has generated more than $22 million in
research funding as principal investigator or co-PI. He has also published more
than 170 peer-reviewed scientific papers (230 over his entire career), generated
11 patents or invention disclosures, and delivered 125 invited presentations.
Schwartz is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of
Science (AAAS) and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). He has received
numerous research awards from Sigma Xi and IFT, including the Gilbert A.
Laveille Lectureship and Award for outstanding research at the interface of food
science and nutritionpresented by the American Society for Nutrition and IFT.
The OARDC Distinguished Senior Faculty Research Award consists of a plaque
and $1,000 for Schwartz and $3,000 added to the operating expense account of
his OARDC research program for one year.

Selection committee: Anne Dorrance (chair), Charles Goebel, Michelle Jones, Gireesh
Rajashekara

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2015 OARDC Directors


Innovator of the Year Award
Hua Wang

Photo by Ken Chamberlain

Hua Wang is a professor in the


Department of Food Science and
Technology, based on the Columbus
campus. She is being recognized
for her original and significant
contributions to the understanding
and control of antibiotic resistance, a
huge problem impacting food safety,
public health and the healthcare
industry.
Historically, control of antibiotic
resistance had been focused on
minimizing the use of antibiotics,
but Wangs work is changing this
approach. She has demonstrated
that commensal bacteria, including
beneficial bacteria, serve as
reservoirs and facilitators for the
dissemination of antibiotic resistance in a microbial ecosystem such as ready-toeat food products. To combat this issue, she built strategic collaborations with
the U.S. dairy industry to remove antibiotic resistance gene-filled starter cultures
and probiotics used to make yogurt and cheese from major suppliers. This
significantly reduced antibiotic resistance bacteria in fermented dairy products
on the U.S. market in just a few years, protecting both public health and the
reputation of multibillion-dollar fermented dairy food industry.
In the healthcare industry, preventive application of antibiotics has been recently
minimized due to concerns about antibiotic resistance. However, Wang showed
that lack of early antibiotic intervention increases the chance of developing
chronic biofilm-based infections in patients, which are very difficult to treat with
antibiotics. Working through the American Society of Microbiologists, Wang
organized several conferences, presentations and meetings with government
officials. In 2013, the U.S. medical guidelines were modified to recommend

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one more dosage of antibiotic after surgical procedures to prevent infection


complications, in part due to Wangs persistent campaign to help reduce
antibiotic resistance.
More recently, Wang has shown that oral antibiotic administration causes a rapid
increase in antibiotic resistance due to the commensal bacteria in the human gut.
By changing antibiotic administration from oral to injection, she has shown that
antibiotic resistance can be reduced up to 100,000 times in mice and poultry.
While this work still has to be verified in humans, Wang has been working with
government agencies and the U.S. Senate to facilitate policy changes and
adoption of new directions.
Wang has received one patent and has another pending as a result of her
research. She has received funding for antibiotic resistance research and
mitigation from the USDA, Battelle, the US-UK Global Innovation Initiative, the
Pew Foundation, the Chinese Ministry of Education and many sectors of the food
industry including dairy, soybean and pet food.
The OARDC Directors Innovator of the Year Award consists of a plaque and
$1,000 for Wang, and $2,500 added to the operating expense account of her
OARDC research program for one year.

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2015 OARDC William E. Krauss


Directors Award for Excellence
in Graduate Research
Megan E. Meuti
Functional circadian clock genes are essential for the overwintering diapause of
the Northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens.
Adviser: David L. Denlinger, Department of Entomology
$1,000 and framed copy of reprint paper for the awardee; framed copy of reprint
paper for the faculty advisor

Selection committee: Eric Stockinger (chair), Pierce Paul, Chang Won Lee, David Benfield
(ex-officio)

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Graduate Student Poster


Competition
(1) Lin Jin, Horticulture and Crop Science, Direct and indirect targeting of subcomponent-specific phosphatase complexes by redundant bacterial type III effector
proteins.
Category: PhD. Adviser: David Mackey.
(2) Stephanie A. Diamond, Food Science and Technology, Behavior of raspberry
ketone in processing and in high-fat fed mice.
Category: MS. Adviser: Yael Vodovotz.
(3) Chelsea A. Smith, Entomology, Bringing the hop yards back: A feasibility study
and demonstration and training program for Ohio.
Category: Research Assistant/Associate. Adviser: Mary Gardiner.
(4) Kayla I. Perry, Entomology, Effects of forest disturbance on ground-dwelling
invertebrate dispersal.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Daniel A. Herms.
(5) Jingxin Guo, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Degradation kinetics
of pH responsive alginate-pectin smart hydrogel for controlled anthocyanins delivery.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Gnl Kaletun.
(6) Fei Lao, Food Science and Technology, Quantification of purple corn (Zea
mays L.) cob anthocyanins using spectrophotometric and HPLC methods.
Category: PhD. Adviser: M. Monica Giusti.
(7) Lulu Shao, Food Animal Health Research Program, Comparative in vivo and
in vitro studies of porcine rotavirus G9P[13] and human rotavirus Wa (G1P[8]) in
gnotobiotic pigs.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Linda J. Saif.
(8) J. Lauren Slutzky, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Analysis of
natural rubber latex thin films.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(9) Leigha Morrison, Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, The
exploration of social media as a media relations tool for agricultural organizations.
Category: MS. Adviser: Emily Buck.

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(10) Jessica L. Cooperstone, Food Science and Technology, Tomato carotenoids


protect against UV-induced cutaneous damage and tumor development in SKH-1
hairless mice.
Category: Post-Doc. Adviser: Steven Schwartz.
(11) Andrea R. Kautz, Entomology, Long-legged fly (Diptera: Dolichopodidae)
communities in Ohio agroecosystems and assessing their role as biological control
agents in vegetable crops.
Category: MS. Adviser: Mary Gardiner.
(12) Sarah Jane Rose, Environment and Natural Resources, Short-term impacts on
the spider community (order: Araneae) from a prescribed burn in a small Ohio prairie.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Charles Goebel.
(13) Carlos J. Esquivel, Entomology, Physiological and biochemical assays confirm a
functional transition in the Malpighian tubules after a blood meal in the invasive Asian
tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus.
Category: MS. Adviser: Peter Piermarini.
(14) Cindy S. Barrera, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Thermal analysis
of natural rubber reinforced with waste-derived bio-fillers.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(15) Erin M. OBrien, Entomology, Preserving ash regeneration and stable population
structure by protecting mature ash trees during the emerald ash borer invasion.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Daniel Herms.
(16) Basavaraj Binjawadagi, Food Animal Health Research Program, Development of
PRRS virus-like-particles based vaccines and immunogenicity evaluation in pigs.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Renukaradhya Gourapura.
(17) Travis L. Calkins, Entomology, Toxicological effects of gap junction inhibitors on
the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti.
Category: MS. Adviser: Peter Piermarini.
(18) Edna A. Alfaro, Entomology, Evaluation of small molecules as insecticides for the
control of mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti) and aphids (Aphis glycines).
Category: Research Assistant/Associate. Adviser: Peter M. Piermarini.
(19) Kirk Bloir, Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership, Employeesupervisor relationship quality and employee readiness for change.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Scott Scheer.
(20) Jedediah H. Stinner, Environmental Science Graduate Program, Effects of
agroecosystem management on phosphorus and nitrogen loss from agricultural fields
in Ohio.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Richard H. Moore.

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(21) Zinan (Lily) Luo, Horticulture and Crop Science, High throughput detection of
rubber content in Taraxacum kok-saghyz germplasm and SNP marker validation for
marker-assisted selection.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(22) Douglas B. Sponsler, Entomology, Honey bee success predicted by landscape
composition in Ohio, USA.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Reed Johnson.
(23) Yin Chen, Horticulture and Crop Science, Response of grafted glyphosateresistant and conventional soybean plants to glyphosate.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Douglas Doohan.
(24) Xiaofeng Zhuang, Horticulture and Crop Science, Development of EST-derived
single nucleotide polymorphism markers using RNA-seq in Taraxacum kok-saghyz.
Category: Post-Doc. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(25) Lu Zhao, Horticulture and Crop Science, Determination of inulin-type
oligosaccharides in Taraxacum kok-saghyz roots.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish and Joshua Blakeslee.
(26) Brian Raison, Agriculture Extension Education, Will hospitals adopt local foods?
Findings from an Ohio hospital foodservice director study.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Scott Scheer.
(27) Yingxiao Zhang, Horticulture and Crop Science, Rapid and hormone-free
Agrobacterium rhizogenes-mediated transformation in rubber producing dandelions
Taraxacum kok-saghyz and T. brevicorniculatum.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish and Joshua J. Blakeslee.
(28) MaLisa R. Spring, Entomology, Can rain garden implementation support multiple
ecosystem services in Cleveland, OH?
Category: MS. Adviser: Mary Gardiner.
(29) Jon Bossley, Environmental Science Graduate Program, Developing an index
of student-induced disturbance: Measuring the environmental impact of outdoor
education stream study classes.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Susan Fisher.
(30) Yun Lin, Horticulture and Crop Science, Characterization and efficacy
assessment of burdock extracts on burdock wound-associated pathogens.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Joshua Blakeslee.
(31) Santosh Dhakal, Food Science and Technology, Study on high pressure and
temperature effects on ascorbic acid present in pineapple juice.
Category: PhD. Adviser: V.M. Balasubramaniam.

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(32) Muhammad Akbar Abdul Ghaffar, Horticulture and Crop Science, Histological
study of laticifer and rubber particle ontogeny in Taraxacum kok-saghyz roots.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(33) Rodney T. Richardson, Entomology, Rank-based inference of pollen type
abundance using a multi-locus metabarcoding approach.
Category: MS. Adviser: Reed Johnson.
(34) Nicole Hoekstra, Entomology, Biodiversity beyond parks: Do urban vacant lots
hold promise for conservation and restoration?
Category: Research Assistant/Associate. Adviser: Mary Gardiner.
(35) Chidozie V. Agu, Animal Sciences, Bioabatement to remove microbial inhibitors
from Miscanthus giganteus hydrolysates for enhanced butanol fermentation.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Thaddeus Ezeji.
(36) Emmanuel M. Mgonja, Plant Pathology, Molecular analysis of host resistance
and pathogenicity of rice blast in East Africa.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Guo-Liang Wang.
(37) Suzanna Windon, Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership,
Gender differences in farmers satisfaction with quality of life, health, leisure, and
work.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Gary Straquadine.
(38) Nawa Raj Baral, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Technoeconomic analysis of ionic liquid pretreatment of corn stover for biofuel production.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Ajay Shah.
(39) Mohsen Mohseni-Moghadam, Horticulture and Crop Science, Weed control and
tolerance of tomato (Solanum lycopersicum L.) to Fomesafen.
Category: Post-Doc. Adviser: Douglas Doohan.
(40) Priyanka Mittapelly, Entomology, Developing RNA interference as a functional
tool in Halyomorpha halys, brown marmorated stinkbug.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Andy Michel.
(41) Yosra A. Helmy, Food Animal Health Research Program, Cryptosporidiosis in
ruminant livestock and children: Epidemiological and molecular insights.
Category: MS. Adviser: Gireesh Rajashekara.
(42) Mustafa Yesil, Food Science and Technology, Efficacy of gaseous ozone and
bacteriophage treatments to inactive Escherichia coli O157:H7 on fresh produce.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Ahmed E. Yousef.

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(43) Ashley Yates, Entomology, Expression of two putative effector genes in soybean
aphid biotypes.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Andy Michel.
(44) Alcinda L. (Cindy) Folck, Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership,
Connecting farmers and buyers: Case study of strategic communication campaigns
by certification programs.
Category: MS. Adviser: Emily B. Buck.
(45) Revathi Shanmugasundaram, Animal Sciences, Salmonella enterica serovar
Enteritidis modulate intestinal cell signaling responses that activate T regulatory cell
functions and mediates persistent infections in chickens.
Category: Research Assistant/Associate. Adviser: Ramesh Selvaraj.
(46) Johnathon P. Sheets, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Effect
of limited air exposure and comparative performance between thermophilic and
mesophilic solid-state anaerobic digestion of switchgrass.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Yebo Li.
(47) Lisa R. Robbins, Horticulture and Crop Science, The effects of hyperoxidation
and storage temperatures on the flavor profiles and sensory quality of Riesling wine.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Joseph Scheerens.
(48) Thomas Todaro, Horticulture and Crop Science, Managing trunks in winterdamaged grapevines: Does size matter?
Category: MS. Adviser: Imed Dami.
(49) Christopher C. Okonkwo, Animal Sciences, Tolerance of Paenibacillus polymyxa
DSM 365 to levo-2,3-butanediol during fermentation.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Thaddeus Ezeji.
(50) Peipei Tang, Food Science and Technology, Acylation of anthocyanin influences
its co-pigmentation with isoflavone.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Monica Giusti.
(51) Tsung-Ta David Hsu, Environmental Science Graduate Program, Arcobacter in
urban wetland water: Characterization of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) patterns.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Jiyoung Lee.
(52) Carlos Coronado, Environment and Natural Resources, Ohios forest products
economy: Total and per- unit contributions.
Category: MS. Adviser: Stephen Matthews.
(53) Eun-Hyang Han, Horticulture and Crop Science, Isolation and identification
of membrane-localized members of the rubber synthetase complex in guayule
(Parthenium argentatum).
Category: PhD. Adviser: Joshua J. Blakeslee.

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(54) Shomaila Sikandar, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Exploiting


hydrolytic enzymes from Thermomyces langinosus for lignocellulosic biomass
saccharification and purification of Taraxacum kok-saghyz (TK) rubber.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(55) Santosh Dhakal, Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Characterization of porcine
myeloid derived suppressor cells.
Category: MS. Adviser: Gourapura Renukaradhya.
(56) Claudio M. Vrisman, Plant Pathology, Real time imaging of cucurbit infection
with bioluminescent Erwinia tracheiphila.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Sally A. Miller.
(57) Stephanie M. Neal, Food Animal Health Research Program, Defining the gutmammary-secretory IgA axis during porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) infection
in pigs.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Linda J. Saif.
(58) Brian Iaffaldano, Horticulture and Crop Science, Hybridization between the
rubber-producing dandelion Taraxacum kok-saghyz and the common dandelion
(Taraxacum officinale).
Category: PhD. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.
(59) Timothy Frey, Plant Pathology, Manipulation of amino acid gradients reduces
root-knot nematode penetration of roots.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Christopher G. Taylor.
(60) Matthew E. Niezgoda, Food Science and Technology, Analysis of gelling agents
for use in low pH, no sugar added, fruit based confectionsA model confection
study.
Category: MS. Adviser: Yael Vodovotz.
(61) Liu Yang, Entomology, Effects of diapause on the excretory physiology of the
northern house mosquito, Culex pipiens.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Peter M. Piermarini.
(62) Rachel Medina, Plant Pathology, Examining the role of maize root exudates
influence on soybean cyst nematode hatching.
Category: MS. Adviser: Christopher G. Taylor.
(63) Donald Gillis, Plant Pathology, Assessment of Mitsuaria sp. H24L5A on plant
growth promotion activity in greenhouse and field experiments.
Category: MS. Adviser: Christopher Taylor.
(64) Griffin M. Bates, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cold
temperature performance of guayule (Parthenium argentatum) natural rubber.
Category: MS. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.

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(65) Krystel Navarro, Plant Pathology, Examining the use of Harpin proteins for
control of plant-parasitic nematodes.
Category: MS. Adviser: Christopher G. Taylor.
(66) Seungjun Lee, Environmental Science Graduate Program, Arcobacter
internalization in fresh produce: An emerging food safety issue under frequent
extreme weather events.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Jiyoung Lee.
(67) Maninder Kaur Walia, Environment and Natural Resources, Greenhouse gas
emissions as influenced by soil type, gypsum and crop residue.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Warren A. Dick.
(68) Juliana Vasco-Correa, Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Enhanced
enzymatic digestibility of Miscanthus x giganteus by solid-state fungal pretreatment
without sterilization.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Yebo Li.
(69) Hacer Akpolat, Food Science and Technology, The effect of pH and temperature
on cabbage volatiles and odors during storage.
Category: MS. Adviser: Sheryl Barringer.
(70) Rebecca Kimmelfield, Plant Pathology, The identification and characterization of
volatiles produced by Pseudomonas spp.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Chris Taylor.
(71) Estela Maris Inacio, Horticulture and Crop Science, The effect of herbicide drift
from 2,4-D (2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid) on cotton (Gossipium hirsutum L.) and
soybean (Glycine max L.).
Category: PhD. Adviser: Douglas J. Doohan.
(72) Therese Miller, Plant Pathology, Survey of Ohio soybean cyst nematode
virulence.
Category: Research Assistant/Associate. Adviser: Christopher G. Taylor.
(73) Wenshuang Xie, Plant Pathology, Evaluation of a MYB transcription factor as a
visible marker for transgenic plant production.
Category: Post-Doc. Adviser: Chris Taylor.
(74) Bizhen Hu, Horticulture and Crop Science, Multiple measures reveal that preand post-grafting light levels influence the healing rate but not survival of grafted
tomato seedlings.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Matt Kleinhenz.
(75) Katie Linder, Horticulture and Crop Science, The effect of soil cation balancing
on soil properties and weed communities in an organic rotation.
Category: MS. Adviser: Doug Doohan.

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(76) Loc Deblais, Plant Pathology, Understanding Salmonella-tomato plant


host interactions and development of novel effective control strategies to reduce
Salmonella burden in tomato production.
Category: PhD. Adviser: Gireesh Rajashekara.
(77) Chengsong Hu, Horticulture and Crop Science, Response of six strawberry
cultivars to Terbacil.
Category: MS. Adviser: Joshua Blakeslee.
(78) Huidong Huang, Food Science and Technology, Saturated fat reduction in
processed cheese product with vegetable oleogel.
Category: MS. Adviser: Farnaz Maleky.
(79) Hao Lin, Food Science and Technology, Prediction of growth of Pseudomonas
fluorescens under temperature fluctuation.
Category: MS. Adviser: Farnaz Maleky.
(80) Chun-Ming Lin, Food Animal Health Research Program, Generation of
attenuated US PEDV vaccine candidates via continuous cell culture passages.
Category: Post-Doc. Adviser: Quihong Wang.
(81) Huang-Chi Huang, Food Animal Health Research Program, Colonization
dynamics and effect of human rotavirus infection on defined commensal microflora in
a gnotobiotic (Gn) pig model.
Category: Research Assistant/Associate. Adviser: G. Rajashekara.
(82) Xinsheng Liu, Food Animal Health Research Program, Determination of the
infectious titer and virulence of US original porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV)
strain PC22A.
Category: MS. Adviser: Quihong Wang.
(83) Sarah K. McNulty, Horticulture and Crop Science, Seasonal effects of planting
density on plant survivability, root size, and rubber concentration and yield in Buckeye
Gold, Taraxacum kok-saghyz.
Category: Research Assistant. Adviser: Katrina Cornish.

Selection committee: Dave Benfield (Ex-Officio), Reed Johnson (Chair), Luis Canas,
Feng Qu, Peter Ling, Gireesh Rajashekara, Kai Zhao, Farnaz Maleky, Steve Vickner,
Josh Bomser, Laura Lindsey, Gary Warren, Loren Harper

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