2020 Virtual Graduate Poster Showcase

October 29, 4:30-7:00 p.m.

Welcome to the 2020 College of Agriculture Virtual Graduate Poster Showcase! During these challenging times, we might not be able to come together in person, but we can stay connected. This year, we are converting our annual Graduate Student Poster Showcase to a virtual event. Please join us by presenting your poster, signing up as a judge and browsing our event website.

Register Your Poster

Sign Up to Judge

  1. (for students) Register for the virtual poster showcase event by clicking the Posters Sign-Up button.
  2. (for students) Materials submission (abstract and poster, both in .pdf format)
  3. Sign up as a poster judge by clicking the Judges Sign-Up button 
  4. Student presenters please email your personal Zoom meeting link to Kelly Pippin at kzp0025@auburn.edu. How to find your personal Zoom meeting link:
  • Visit: https://auburn.zoom.us/
  • Sign in (using your Auburn credentials)
  • Click “Profile,” find “Personal Meeting ID”
  • Email me the link (not the 10-digit ID): e.g. https://auburn.zoom.us/j/4399898510

Connecting the Dots

We will use AU Box Drive and Zoom to operate this event.

For item #2, student presenters will upload their abstract & poster to AU Box Drive. Each of you will be given a specific directory to upload your files to AU Box Drive. Please stay tuned in to email communication. The purposes of using AU Box Drive are to store your poster materials and let them be viewed digitally by judges. For those who are new to AU Box Drive, please visit: https://cla.auburn.edu/clait/assets/File/BoxSetup.pdf, install Box Drive to your device and navigate it. AU Box Drive is basically a “Cloud” and all AU users (current students + all AU employees) are licensed to use it.

A list of posters and the actual poster materials will be available online prior to the event date, which allows judges to review posters online in advance. It is also manageable for those who prefer to print the poster out and have the paper version by hand when judging.

Once the event kicks off at 4:30 PM, judges will enter student presenter’s Zoom meeting room by clicking the meeting link and following the assigned time slots. This information will be released once we receive and assign all the posters. As soon as a judge enters a student presenter’s Zoom meeting room, the presentation shall start as well as the interaction. Each student presenter will have full control of the Zoom meeting room and is responsible for admitting judges in order. There are specific Zoom settings will help make this virtual meeting experience go smoothly. The college will arrange practice run for both students and judges.

  • 48 posters
  • Recommendation: 10 min/poster (4 min for general review, 4 min for Q&A, 2 min for evaluation)
  • Based on the above recommendation, we will have 24 judges – 5-9 posters/judge
  • Virtual Event: October 29, 2020; 4:30 – 7:00 PM
  • Poster sign-up by: September 20
  • Judges sign-up by: September 30
  • Material (abstract and poster) submission by: September 30
  • List of posters ready by: October 11 (admin)
  • List of judge assignments and Zoom links ready by: October 11 (admin)
  • Virtual event website fully launch by October 25 (three days prior to the event date)

Research Focus Area A: Plant Production and Management Systems

Ph.D. Competition

Poster: A-P-01
Functional analysis of natural competence and movement genes in the plant pathogen Xylella fastidiosa
Marcus Vinicius Merfa, Entomology and Plant Pathology
Poster: A-P-02
Rapid test for the determination of ACCase-inhibiting herbicide resistance in southern crabgrass
Suma Basak, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences
Poster: A-P-03
Durability of pepper resistance against changing pathogen population: Xanthomonas perforans as a case study
Rishi Bhandari, Entomology and Plant Pathology
Poster: A-P-04
Optimizing timer-based fertigation scheduling in greenhouse cucumber production
Emmanuel Ayipio, Horticulture
Poster: A-P-05
Quantifying Imidacloprid Susceptibility in Populations of Aphis gossypii
John Mahas, Entomology and Plant Pathology
Poster: A-P-06
Physiological and Growth Responses of Twenty Cotton Cultivars Released Over the Past 67 Years of Breeding
Jagdeep Singh, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences
Poster: A-P-07
Transcriptomic analysis of Fusarium oxysporum f.sp. vasinfectum after treatment with the phytoalexin gossypol uncovers multiple genes involved in virulence on cotton
Ambika Pokhrel, Entomology and Plant Pathology
Assessment of Cu resistance among strains of the pathogen Xylella fastidiosa isolated from Georgia’s vineyards
Qing Ge, Entomology and Plant Pathology
Growth, survival and overcoming environmental stress: How do plant pathogenic bacteria manage to be successful epiphytes on leaves?
Prabha Liyanapathiranage, Entomology and Plant Pathology

M.S. Competition

Poster: A-M-01
Evaluating synthetic plant volatiles to augment lady beetle population for the conservation biocontrol of Acanthococcus lagerstroemia (Hemiptera: Eriococcidae)
Oluwatomi Ibiyemi, Entomology and Plant Pathology
Poster: A-M-02
Posttranslational modification by a reduced glutathione determines distinctive quaternary structures between two plastid 2-cysteine peroxiredoxin A and B
Pratima Subedi, Entomology and Plant Pathology
Poster: A-M-03
Soybean phenotypic variation under high night temperature stress
Tianchu Shu, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences
Poster: A-M-04
Physiological Responses of Peanut Varieties to Drought Stress
Qiong Zhang, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences
Poster: A-M-05
The Response of Inoculation with PGPR plus Orange Peel Amendment on Soybean Plant is Cultivar Dependent
Maria Leticia Pacheco da Silva, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences
Poster: A-M-06
Studying water use efficiency across varying potassium levels in soybean grown in ambient and elevated CO2
Mary Durstock, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences
Poster: A-M-07
Effects of poultry litter fertilization on soybean yield and seed nutrient concentration
Rajveer Singh, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences
Poster: A-M-08
Evaluation of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria on Russell bermudagrass and KY 31 tall fescue yield and nutritive quality
Madison Cole, Animal Sciences

Research Focus Area B: Efficient Food Animal Systems &
Research Focus Area C: Integrated Food and Health Systems

Ph.D. Competition

Poster: B-P-01
Efficacy of genetically engineered canola oil in the feed of Pacific white shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei
Harsha Galkanda-Arachchige, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
Poster: B-P-02
Complete blood count analysis on growing cattle exposed to fescue toxicity and rumen protected niacin supplementation
Gaston Alfaro, Animal Sciences
Poster: B-P-03
In-Pond Raceway System (IPRS) Production Trials
Leticia Fantini, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
Poster: B-P-04
The Effects of Norway’s Export Promotion of Whitefish on Market Demand: A Co-integration Analysis
Abhipsita Das, Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
Poster: B-P-05
Allen Pattillo, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences

M.S. Competition

Poster: B-M-01
Effect of Crina® Digest on growth performance and blood carotenoid concentrations of 42-day-old broilers
Jorge Sandoval (future master – Spring 2021), Poultry Science
Poster: B-M-02
Comparison of the accuracy of different particle size field evaluation methods
Gerardo Abascal-Ponciano, Poultry Science
Poster: B-M-03
Analysis of color variations of raw pet treats made from co-products of broiler processing
Moses Chilenje, Poultry Science
Poster: B-M-04
Comparison of corn particle size utilizing different sieving methods
Allan Calderon, Poultry Science
Poster: B-M-05
Effect of Freezing Condition and Wooden Breast Severity on Cooked Chicken Quality
Caroline Gregg, Poultry Science
Poster: B-M-06
Improper handling, preparation, and calibration of samples for NIRS analysis increases variability and decreases accuracy of nutrient concentration results
Samuel Leiva, Poultry Science
Poster: B-M-07
Evaluation of the textural characteristics of pet treats generated from mixtures of broiler processing co-products
Marc Presume, Poultry Science
Poster: B-M-08
Influence of exogenous enzymes on broiler performance from 1 to 46 days of age
Joseph P. Gulizia, Poultry Science
Poster: B-M-09
Examination of dust as a potential carrier of airborne pathogens in poultry houses
Amrit Pal, Poultry Science
Poster: B-M-10
Evaluating Roller Swabs and Drag Swabs for Salmonella spp. Detection
Hannah Haiderer, Poultry Science
Poster: B-M-11
Comparison of three enumeration methods for E.coli in agricultural water from Alabama Farms
Zoila Chevez, Poultry Science
Poster: B-M-12
Use of white mustard essential oil based solutions in natural produce washes against E. coli
Shijie Qin, Poultry Science

Research Focus Area D: Sustainable Ecosystems and Renewable Resource Management

Ph.D. Competition

Poster: D-P-01
“Capping” the lignin to get plant-based chemicals: Stabilization of reactive groups during lignin fractionation for improving monomer yields
Vivek Patil, Biosystems Engineering
Poster: D-P-02
Commercially available UAV sensors for monitoring harmful algal blooms in small eutrophic systems: a comparative study
Edna Fernandez, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
Poster: D-P-03
Biomass-based catalyst development for the conversion of non-edible vegetable oils to fuel-range hydrocarbons
Poulami Roy, Biosystems Engineering
Poster: D-P-04
Effect of Red Mud Catalyst on Hydrothermal Liquefaction of Municipal Sludge
Tawsif Rahman, Biosystems Engineering
Poster: D-P-05
Comparison microbial and mitochondrial DNA markers for microbial source tracking by quantitative PCR
Wenjing Ren, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences
Poster: D-P-06
Predicting Microcystin concentrations in freshwater lakes and reservoirs around the world: assessing environmental variables
Riley Buley, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
Poster: D-P-07
A newly isolated Bacillus amyloliquefaciens capable of high-level chirally pure D-2, 3-butanediol production: Genomics analysis and genome engineering tool development
Na Guo, Biosystems Engineering
Poster: D-P-08
Deletion of plasmalogen biosynthesis genes in Clostridium beijerinckii enhanced biobutanol production
Shangjun Wang, Biosystems Engineering
Poster: D-P-09
Targeted Reservoir Monitoring Comparing Upstream and Local Nutrient Sources
Benjamin Webster, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences
Poster: D-P-10
Using Phosphorus Saturation Ratio as a Tool for Environmental Risk Assessment for Alabama soils
Anjan Bhatta, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

M.S. Competition

Poster: D-M-01
Nitrogen form dictates use and uptake rate in cyanobacterial communities
Matthew Gladfelter, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
Poster: D-M-02
Biomanipulation in farm pond aquaculture
Angelea Belfiore, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences
Poster: D-M-03
Heavy metal deposition through time: the paleolimnology of Lay Lake and Weiss Lake, Coosa River, AL
Tristan Orndorff, Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

Undergraduate Poster

Poster: U-01
Analysis of the Putative Effectors of the Type 6 Secretion System
Kylie Weis, Entomology and Plant Pathology