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NMC Staff Certified as Professional Horticulturist (March 3, 2009)

Northern Marianas College Cooperative Research Extension & Education Services’ (CREES) Dr. Dilip Nandwani was recently recognized as a Certified Professional Horticulturist (CPH) by the American Society of Horticultural Sciences (ASHS), of which Nandwani has been a member since 2008.

Nandwani, who has been a Plant Pathologist and Program Leader for Crop Improvement at CREES since 2006, has led various projects and published his research in reputed international journals, such as the Journal of Environment Management and Restoration (JEMREST), Acta Horticulturae, and the Journal of Applied Biosciences.

His projects include the introduction of an eco-friendly plant pesticide and improved varieties of banana, taro, sweet potato, and mango. He has also conducted experiments on various tissue cultures for substantial crop propagation.

The ASHS, which was founded in 1903, is composed of scientists dedicated to the advancement of horticultural research, education, and application. Its Certified Horticulturist Programs is a peer-reviewed system that evaluates a candidates knowledge of landscape design and maintenance; production of fruits, vegetables, turf, and ornamental plants; shipping and handling of final product; propagation; monitoring and testing; diagnosing and managing plant problems and business practices.

“I am greatly honored to have gained acceptance into the ASHS,” said Nandwani. “This certification allows me to professionally grow through access to further education and training from fellow CPHs and other ASHS members.”

“His achievements bring great honor and prestige to the College community,” said NMC President Dr. Carmen Fernandez of Dr. Nandwani “His certification will surely enhance CREES’s efforts in assisting the community with their agricultural concerns.”

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