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May 2, 2022

Ghori accepted for the 2022 Student Connections program

Submitted by Guihua Bai

Nida Ghori_ASTA-Student connections program

Nida Ghori, a final year doctoral student in agronomy and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Hard Winter Wheat Genetics Research Unit, has been selected for the 2022 Student Connections program. Student Connections is offered through the American Seed Trade Association and the Seed Science Foundation to provide students an opportunity to network with seed industry professionals of diverse backgrounds, including breeders, sales, marketing and agronomy, as well as senior leadership from seed companies in the United States, Mexico, Canada and beyond.

This program is highly competitive and only eight awardees were selected from across the United States. Ghori is the only individual representing K-State. Her nomination stood out because of her leadership skills and commitment to agriculture. She will be attending the American Seed Trade Association’s Leadership Summit in Indianapolis this June. She will participate in discussions and decision-making forums on some of the most important issues affecting the U.S. and world seed trade. This is one of the most important seed industry meetings in the world, attended by many seed industry professionals from all over the world. Ghori and other participants will be collegiate ambassadors of the seed industry for 2022-2023.

Ghori is working under the supervision of Guihua Bai, director of the USDA Central Small Grain Genotyping Lab and adjunct professor of agronomy, and Allan Fritz, professor of agronomy. Her research is focused on two areas: the development of diagnostic markers for Hessian fly resistance to be used in U.S. winter wheat breeding programs and unraveling the mechanism of Hessian fly resistance in wheat.

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