Navin Shrestha

Graduate Research Asst

  • Degree Program: Ph.D. in Plant Breeding
  • Previous Degree: M.S. in Horticultural Science, NC State University
  • Advisor: Dr. Vasu Kuraparthy
  • Completion Date:¬†Fall 2022


I work in a cotton genetics lab. My research project focuses on developing cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) germplasm with resistant to thrips (Frankliniella spp.). Thrips cause significant economic damage to cotton. Due to their pronounced negative effect on yield and maturity, control of thrips must be practiced annually. Pesticide use is a major control measure. Thus, the development of thrips resistant varieties will help reduce pesticide application and their toxic environmental effects.

In addition, bacterial leaf blight (BLB) is one of the major diseases in cotton. Upon developing a recombinant inbred line (RIL) population, I am assessing quantitative trait loci (QTL) associated with this disease.

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Navin Shrestha