Lab News


Dr. Eeusha Nafi

Welcome Dr. Eeusha Nafi. Dr. Nafi just completed his Ph.D. program at the University of Bonn, Germany. He will be conducting field researches on wheat, corn, alfalfa, and soybean. He will also apply simulation models to agricultural crop growth, yield, and quality. We are excited what Dr. Nafi is bringing in, as well as adding expert knowledge to our team.



Congratulations Breno for attaining your Master of Science degree. It was a pleasure working with you. Goodluck Breno with your scientific pursuit in Spain as a Ph.D. student under a renowned crop physiologist – Dr. Gustavo Slafer.



The joy of graduating my first graduate student and then published (a well-read paper for four consecutive months). Goodluck at UC Riverside Anish on your Ph.D. program.

We are very excited that Ze Tiang Fang joins the Crop Physiology lab as our new Research Associate. Ze graduated from Iowa State University with a Master of Science degree in Plant Breeding, December of 2017.  Welcome Ze!

(Update: Ze is now at Texas A & M for his Ph.D. program)


Just published work. Click on the below image for the link to the write up.

Impacts and limits of irrigation water management on wheat yield and quality

Boron maintenance fertilization in alfalfa – led by Grad student Anish Sapkota

Congratulations Anish and Breno for representing MSU well in Tampa, FL. Anish garnered second place for poster competition, C6 Div – Crop Sci Soc of America and a travel grant from MSU.



Welcome to the Crop Physiology Lab Breno Almeida. Breno started a Master’s degree program the fall of 2016. He specializes Crop Science at the Department of Plant Science and Plant Pathology. His project will look at various wheat market classes and wheat with high protein gene and their interaction to abiotic factors. Goodluck Breno!


(Justin presenting preharvest sprout topic during our field day on July 12, 2016)

Justin Vetch will be joining the Research Center and Department of Plant Science and Pathology of MSU as a graduate student in the fall with focus on agronomic and molecular basis of preharvest sprout of cereals. He will be supervised by Drs. Stougaard and Giroux. I appreciate his hardwork in my team this year and will see you soon.


(Anish received a plaque of appreciation and a cash travel grant award at NAAIC, Congrats Anish!)

Congratulations Anish for the graduate student travel grant during the North American Alfalfa Improvement Conference (NAAIC) in Madison, WI on July 13-14, 2016.

Anish Sapkota started in spring 2016 as a graduate student taking on nutrient and water management of alfalfa. He manages multiple research locations in Montana. He just currently established a new research site which is a factorial combination of water regimes x Boron management of alfalfa.