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SDSU Nepal Lab


Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolutionary Genetics

SNP213, McFadden Biostress Laboratory

Department of Biology and Microbiology
South Dakota State University
Brookings, SD 57007

Researchers in Nepal lab are interested in understanding plant evolution using approaches in molecular phylogenetics, comparative genomics and ecological genetics. The main research goal is to provide interested students/ researchers with cutting-edge research experiences that they can apply to their daily life and future career.

Ph.D. student Jordan Purintun is teaching molecular techniques to American Indian Students
PhD student Jordan Purintun is teaching molecular techniques to two FAST REEU Scholars (from Oglala Lakota College), who worked in Nepal lab in the summer of 2019.

     

    Faculty and Graduate Researchers

    • Madhav P Nepal, PhD
    • Dill Nelson (PhD Student)
    • Bijaya Pradhan (MS Student)
    • Bibek Adhikari (MS Student)

    Recent Lab Alumni

    • Dr. Surendra Neupane (Ph.D. 2015-2019), currently Post-doctoral Scholar, University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida
    • Dr. Ethan Andersen (2015-2019), currently Assistant Professor of Biology, Francis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina
    • Dr. Sarbottam Piya (MS 2011-2013), currently Post-doctoral Scholar at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • Achal Neupane (MS 2011-2013, currently Ph.D. Student at SDSU
    • Ben Benson (MS 2012-2015), currently Research Associate at Sanford Health Research, Sioux Falls, South Dakota 
    • Dr. Sajag Adhikari (Lab Assistant, 2011: currently Post- doctoral Scholar, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska)
    • Jyotshna Paudel (Graduate Admin. Assistant, Fall 2016; currently at the Dept. of Computer Science SDSU)

    Publications

    *Corresponding author, +Undergraduate author 

    1. Andersen, E.J., Ali, S. and *M. P. Nepal. 2021. Necrotrophic Fungus Pyrenophora tritici-repentis Triggers Expression of Multiple Resistance Components in Resistant and Susceptible Wheat Cultivars. Journal of Plant Pathology 37(2):99-114 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8053848/; https://doi.org/10.5423/PPJ.OA.06.2020.0109)

      Taxonomy of Mulberry  Nepal's Textbook Chapter
    2. *Nepal, M.P.  and J.M. Purintun. 2021. Systematics of the Genus Morus L. (Moraceae): Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Potential Responses to Climate Change. In Genetic Improvement of Mulberry in Context of Climate Change (M. K. Razdan and T. Dennis Thomas, Eds.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL., USA. 

    3. *Xue, J., Takken, F.L.W., Nepal, M. P., Maekawa,T.   and Z. Shao. 2020.Editorial: Evolution and Functional Mechanisms of Plant Disease Resistance. Frontiers in Genetics. 11:593240. (https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2020.593240)  

    4. Andersen, E.J, Nelson, D.,  Mermigka, G., Purintun, J.P., Sarris, P.F.  and  *M.P. Nepal. 2020.  Wheat Disease Resistance Genes and their Diversification through Integrated Domain Fusions.  Frontiers in Genetics 11: 898. (https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2020.00898)

    5. White, P. T., Browning, L. M., Miller, M. L., Vestal, S. S., Lemke, M. and *M. P. Nepal. 2020. Perceptions and Usages of Online Teaching Resources by South Dakota Science and Agriculture Teachers. SDAOS. 99: 117-133.

    6. Neupane,S., Mathew, F.M., Varenhorst A.J. and *M.P. Nepal. 2019. Transcriptome profiling of interaction effects of soybean cyst nematodes and soybean aphids on soybean. Scientific Data6:133 (https://www.nature.com/articles/s41597-019-0140-4; doi:10.1038/s41597-019-0140-4)

    7. Neupane, S.; Purintun, J.; Mathew, F.M.; Varenhorst, A.J.; *M.P.Nepal2019. Molecular Basis of Soybean Resistance to Soybean Aphid and Soybean Cyst Nematode.Plants. 8(10): 374; doi: 10.3390/plants8100374

    8. Andersen, E.J., Ali, S. and *M.P. Nepal.2019. Transcriptomic changes in wheat during tan spot (Pyrenophora tritici-repentis) disease.  BMC Research Notes 12:471 (https://bmcresnotes.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s13104-019-4517-4; doi: 10.1186/s13104-019-4517-4)

    9. Neupane,S., Varenhorst, A.J.  and *M.P Nepal. 2019. Transcriptome Profiling of Induced Susceptibility Effects on Soybean/Soybean Aphid Interaction. BMC Research Notes.12:325 https://doi.org/10.1186/s13104-019-4372-3  

    10. Neupane, S., +S.E. Schweitzer, A. Neupane, E.J. Andersen,  A. Fennell, R. Zhou, *M.P. Nepal. 2019. Identification and Characterization of Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase (MAPK) Genes in Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Plants. 8(2), 28; doi: 10.3390/plants8020028

    11. Neupane, S., E.J. Andersen, A. Neupane and *M.P. Nepal. 2018. Genome-wide Identification of NBS-encoding Genes of Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Genes. 9:384, doi: 10.3390/genes9080384

    12. Andersen, E.J., E. Byamukama, S. Ali, Y. Yen and *M.P.Nepal. 2018. Disease Resistance Mechanisms in PlantsGenes. 9(7): 339; doi: 10.3390/genes9070339

    13. Neupane, S., E.J. Andersen, Q. Ma, F. Mathew, A. Varenhorst and *M.P. Nepal. 2018.  Evolutionary Divergence of TNL Disease Resistance Proteins in Soybean and Common Bean. Biochemical Genetics. 56 (4):397–422 

    14. *Nepal, M.P., E.J. Andersen, S. Neupane  and B.V. Benson. 2017. Comparative Genomics of non-TNL Disease Resistance Genes from Six Plant  Species. Genes. 8(10): 249;  doi:10.3390/genes8100249   

    15. Andersen, E.J. and *M.P. Nepal. 2017. Genetic Diversity of Disease Resistance Genes in Foxtail millet (Setaria italica[L.] P. Beauv.). Plant Gene. 10: 8–16  

    16. Nanda-Kafle, G., T. Seale, T. Flint, M.P. Nepal, S.N. Venter and  V. S. Brözel. 2017. Distribution of Diverse Escherichia coli between Cattle and Pasture. Microbes and Environments, 32(3): 226–233 

    17. Andersen E.J. and *M.P. Nepal. 2017.  Data on Genome-wide Identification of CNL R-genes in Setaria italica (L.) P. Beauv. Data in Brief. 13: 259–273

    18. Andersen, E.J., S. Ali, R.N. Reese, Y. Yen, S. Neupane and *M.P. Nepal. 2016. Diversity and Evolution of Disease Resistance Genes in Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)Evolutionary Bioinformatics.12:99-108 

    19. *Nepal, M.P.  and B.V. Benson. 2015.  Soybean Disease Resistance Genes and Their Evolutionary DivergenceEvolutionary Bioinformatics11: 49–63 

    20. +Andersen, E.J., +S.R. Shaw and *M.P. Nepal. 2015. Genome-wide Identification of Disease Resistance Genes in Aegilops tauschii Coss. (Poaceae). Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science. 94:281-295

    21. *Nepal, M.P., M.H. Mayfield and C.J. Ferguson. 2015. Breeding System and Sex Ratio Variation in Mulberries. Journal of Botanical Institute of Texas (JBRIT). 9(2):383–395

    22. Benson, B.V., *M.P. Nepal, +L.G. Davison, +P. B. Duwadi and B.G. Moore. 2014. In Silico Analysis of Cis-Regulatory Elements of Disease Resistance Genes across Six Plant SpeciesProceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science93: 133–144

    23. Piya, S., *M.P. Nepal, J.L. Butler, G.E. Larson and A. Neupane. 2014. Genetic Diversity and Population Structure of Sickleweed (Falcaria vulgaris; Apiaceae) in the Upper Midwest USABiological Invasions 16(10): 2115–2125 

    24. Neupane A., *M.P. Nepal, B.V. Benson, +K.J. MacArthur and S. Piya. 2013. Evolutionary History of Mitogen-activated Protein Kinase (MAPK) Genes in Lotus, Medicago and Phaseolus. Plant Signaling & Behavior  8 (11): e27189 

    25. *Nepal, M.P. and +D.J. Wichern. 2013. Taxonomic Status of Red Mulberry (Morus rubra, Moraceae) at Its Northwestern BoundaryProceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science. 92: 19–29  

    26. Neupane, A., *M.P. Nepal, S. Piya, S. Subramanian, J.S. Rohila, R.N. Reese and B.V. Benson. 2013. Identification, Nomenclature and Evolutionary Relationships of Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase (MAPK) Genes in SoybeanEvolutionary Bioinformatics. 9: 363–386  (IF = 1.5)

    27. *Nepal, M.P. and C.J. Ferguson. 2012. . Phylogenetics of Morus (Moraceae) Inferred from ITS and trnL-trnF Sequence DataSystematic Botany. 37(2): 442–450 

    28. Piya, S., *M.P. Nepal,  A. Neupane, G.E. Larson and J.L. Butler. 2012. Introduction History and Spread of Falcaria vulgaris Bernh. (Apiaceae) in the United States Based on Herbarium RecordsProceedings of South Dakota Academy of Science. 91:113–129

    29. *Nepal, M.P., M.H. Mayfield and C.J. Ferguson. 2012. Identification of Eastern North American Morus(Moraceae):Taxonomic Status of M. murrayanaPhytoneuron 26:1–6 

    30. Woods, T.M., S.C. Strakosh, M.P. Nepal, S. Chakrabarti, N.B. Simpson, M.H. Mayfield, and C.J. Ferguson. 2005. Introduced species in Kansas: Floristic changes and patterns of collection based on an historical herbariumSIDA Contributions to Botany  21: 1695–1725 

    31. *Nepal, M.P., V.N.P. Gupta, O.R. Vetaas, and R.P. Chaudhary. 1999. Utilization of Plant Resources of Makalu-Barun Buffer zone, Eastern Nepal by the Rais and the Sherpa Communities. Proceedings of Royal Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (RONAST), Pp. 1359–1370

    32. *Mathew, F., P. Okello, J. Kleinjan, S. Osborne, M.P. Nepal, A. Varenhorst, and E. Byamukama. 2017Understanding the Relationship between Soybean Cyst Nematode and Fusarium on Soybean.  South Dakota Soybean Leader. May-June: 19
    33. *Nepal, M.P. and B.V. Benson. 2014. Understanding Plant's Disease Surveillance. "iGrow" Book.
    34. *Nepal, M.P. 2006. Is White Mulberry a threat to Red Mulberry on Konza? Tallgrass Gazette, Spring 2006: 1-2 
    35. *Nepal, M.P.  and J.M. Purintun. 2020. Systematics of the Genus Morus L. (Moraceae): Taxonomy, Phylogeny and Potential Shift in Distribution Range in Response to Climate Change. In Genetic Improvement of Mulberry in Context of Climate Change (M. K. Razdan and T. Dennis Thomas, Eds.), CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL., USA. 
    36. *Nepal, M.P. and C.M. Wake.  2017. General Botany Laboratory Manual, 4th Ed. South Dakota State University. 
    37. Wake, C.M, and M.P. Nepal. 2011. General Botany Laboratory Manual. South Dakota State University. 112 p. 
    38. Chaudhary, R.P., M.P. Nepal, V.N.P. Gupta and O.R. Vetaas. 2002. Traditional use of plants by the indigenous peoples of Makalu-Barun Buffer zone, Eastern Nepal. In: Chaudhary, R.P., B.P Subedi, O.R. Vetaas, and T.H. Aase (eds). Vegetation and Society: Their Interaction in the Himalayas. Tribhuvan University, Nepal and Bergen University, Norway. Pp. 83–97 
    39. Clayton W. Scott and Madhav P. Nepal. 2020. Teaching Natural and Artificial Selection in Production Agriculture. ILEARN Teaching Resources. 3 (1):49—60 DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.30923.13609
    40. Burwitz, S, K.M. Roe, *M.P. Nepal, L.B. Browning, M.L. Miller and P.T. White. 2019.  Recycling Aluminum. ILEARN Teaching Resources. 2(3):43-48 DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.36712.32002
    41. Chang, J. and *M.P. Nepal. 2019. Using Drones for Precision Agriculture. ILEARN Teaching Resources. 2 (2):38-42 DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.17418.52161
    42. Colombe, S., J. McLaughlin, *M.P. Nepal, L.B. Browning, M.L. Miller and P.T. White. 2019.  Sustainable Agriculture Lesson for Middle School Classrooms. ILEARN Teaching Resources. 2:34-37 DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.12804.78727
    43. *Nepal, M.P. and E.J. Andersen. 2019. Using Publicly Available GenBank Data to Teach Plant Phylogeny in High School Classrooms. ILEARN Teaching Resources. 2:23-33  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.24504.60168
    44. Mueller, J. M., L. Edwards, *M.P. Nepal, L.B. Browning, M.L. Miller, P.T. White. 2019. Understanding Greenhouse Gases. ILEARN Teaching Resources.2:18-22  DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.34361.21600
    45. Carter, A., P.T. White, L. Hasselquist, and M.P. Nepal. 2018.  Parliamentary Procedure Interactive NotebookCurriculum Resources. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.16148.76166
    46. Hoover, A., B. Blaha, J. Englin, *M.P. Nepal, L.B. Browning, M.L. Miller, and P.T. White. 2019. Using a Case Study Approach to Teach Invasive Species and Climate Change. ILEARN Teaching Resources. 2:10-17 DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.36281.42082
    47. Kruse, T., L. Forcier, *M.P. Nepal, L.B. Browning, M.L. Miller, and P.T. White. 2019. Climate Change within a Biome.ILEARN Teaching Resources.1:5-9 DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.20865.71520
    48. Colombe, S., *M.P Nepal, L.B. Browning, M.L. Miller, and P.T. White. 2018. Three Sister Crops: Understanding American Indian Agricultural Practices of Corn, Beans and Squash.ILEARN Teaching Resources. 1:1-4 DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.10696.16647
    49. Carter, A., P.T. White, L. Hasselquist, and M.P. Nepal. 2018.  Parliamentary Procedure Interactive NotebookCurriculum Resources. DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.16148.76166

    Preprints

    1. White, P. T., Browning, L. M., Miller, M. L., Vestal, S. S., Lemke, M. and *M. P. Nepal. 2020. Perceptions and Usages of Online Teaching Resources by South Dakota Science and Agriculture Teachers.EdArXiv/wy9dj; doi: https://doi.org/10.35542/osf.io/wy9dj 
    2. Neupane, S., A. Varenhorst, and *M.P. Nepal. 2020. Characterization of Induced Susceptibility Effects of Soybean Aphid on Soybean. BioRxiv 07.25.221275. doi:  https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.07.25.221275
    3. Andersen, E.J, Lindsey L.E and *M. P Nepal. 2020. Genome-wide Identification of Disease Resistance Genes (R Genes) in Wheat. BioRxiv 210286;doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.07.18.210286
    4. *Nepal, M.P.  and  V.S. Berg. 2019. Ecophysiology of Potentilla gracilis Douglas ex Hook (Rosaceae): Effects of Night Temperature and Water Stress on Photosynthetic Gas Exchange. BioRxiv 685727; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/685727
    5. Andersen, E.J. and *M.P. Nepal. 2019. Diversification of Disease Resistance Receptors by Integrated Domain Fusions in Wheat and its Progenitors.BioRxiv 695148; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/695148
    6. Neupane, S., Purintun, J., Mathew, F. M., Varenhorst, A. J., & Nepal, M. P. 2019. Resistance Components and Interactions of Aphis glycines (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and Heterodera glycines (Tylenchida: Heteroderidae) in SoybeanPreprints 201906.0282. doi: 10.20944/preprints201906.0282.v1 

    Conference Presentations  (Regional/National only) 

    Teaching Related 

    1. Vestal, S., Browning, L.B., Miller, M.L., Nepal, M.P., White, P.T., and A. Jensen.Video: Rural Enhancement of Mathematics And Science Teachers (REMAST). 2020 Noyce Summit. Washington, DC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rk40ktcrNOs&t=71s
    2. *Nepal, M.P., Browning, L.B., Miller, M.L. and P.T. White, 2020. Teaching Modules for 7-12 Science Educators. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America. July 27-31, Virtual
    3. *Nepal, M.P., Bott-Knutson, R.C., Mathew, F., Janaswamy, S. and P.T. White. 2020. Enhancing College Experience of Native American Students. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America. July 27-31, Virtual
    4. *Nepal, M.P. 2019. Integrating Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) in Introductory Biology Course for Honors. Paper presented at Upper Midwest Honors Conference, April 4-6th, University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie WI, USA
    5. *Nepal, M.P., Bott-Knutson, R., Mathew, F., Janaswamy, R., and P.T. white. 2019.  Mentoring Native American Students for Future Science and Agriculture Workforce through FAST-REEU. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America. July 27-31, Tucson AZ, USA
    6. *Nepal, M.P., Browning, L.B., Miller, M.L., White, PT, and J.M. Purintun. 2019.  Secondary Agriscience Teaching Modules Developed through iLEARN Workshop. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America. July 27-31, Tucson AZ, USA
    7. White, P.T., A. Carter, L. Hasselquist and M.P. Nepal. 2019.  Application of Cognitive Load Theory to Interactive Notebook Design. Poster presented at the National Conference of American Association for Agricultural Education National Conference. May 21-24, Des Moines, IA, USA
    8. White,P.T.,  M. Lemke and M.P. Nepal 2018. Analysis of Online Educational Resource Preferences of State Agricultural and Science Educators. Paper presented at the North Central Region Conference of the American Association for Agricultural Education.  October 4-5, Fargo, ND, USA
    9. *Nepal, M.P., L.B. Browning, L. Edwards, M.L. Miller and P.T. White. 2018. Immersive Learning Experiences And Rural Networking at South Dakota State University (iLEARN@SDSTATE): A Professional Development Program for Science/Agriculture Teachers. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2018, June 21-25. Rochester MN, USA
    10. *Nepal, M.P. 2018. What is working and what isn't while teaching high enrollment botany course to American students. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2018, June 21-25. Rochester MN, USA
    11. *Nepal, M.P. and D. York. 2018. Medicinal Plants for College Freshmen’s CUREs (Course-based Undergraduate Research Experiences). Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2018, June 21-25. Rochester MN, USA
    12. Vestal, S., Browning, L.B., Miller, M.L., Nepal, M.P., White, P.T., and A. Jensen. Presentation. Using a professional learning community to retain STEM teachers. 2017 Noyce Summit. Washington, DC, USA
    13. *Nepal, M.P.,M. Orth and D. York. 2017. Honors in Herbarium: Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences (CUREs) for Freshman Biology Students. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2017, June 24-28. Fort Worth TX, USA
    14. Vestal, S., Browning, L.B., Miller, M.L., Nepal, M.P., White, P.T., and A. Jensen. Paper Presentation: Using a professional learning community to retain STEM teachers. 2017 Midwest Noyce conference. St. Louis, MO, USA.
    15. *Nepal, M.P., M. Miller and L.B. Browning. 2016. Integrative Lesson Plans Centered on Vertical Hydroponic System (VHS): Immersive Professional Development Workshops for Science Teachers in a Rural Setting. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2016, July 30 –August 3. Savannah, Georgia, USA.
    16. Vestal, S., Browning, L.B., Miller, M.L., Nepal, M.P., White, P.T., Morton, I. and B. Burke. Poster: Recruitment and Retention of Rural STEM teachers. 2016NSF Noyce Summit. Washington, DC, USA.
    17. Nepal, M.P. 2016. Scopes and Challenges of Incorporating Active Learning in a Large Section Introductory Botany Course. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2016, July 30 –August 3. Savannah, Georgia, USA.
    18. Vestal S., L.B. Browning, M. Miller, M.P. Nepal and P. White. Factors that Influence Recruitment and Retention of STEM Teachers in Rural Areas. Poster presented at the 2016 Noyce Summit (National Science Foundation). July 20-22, 2016. Washington DC, USA.
    19. *Nepal, M.P., R. Turner and P.A. Shea. 2015. Helping Transfer Students: Drafting Passport Learning Outcomes and Proficiency Criteria for Natural Science General Education Courses. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2015, July 25 -29. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
    20. *Nepal, M.P., M. Miller and L.B. Browning. 2015. From Plant Press to Bioinformatics: Professional Development
      Workshops for Science Teachers in a Rural Setting. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2015, July 25 -29. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
    21. Browning, L.B., M. Miller, M.P. Nepal and *S. Vestal. 2015. REMAST Phase II: Studying Our Phase I Project. Paper presented at the Midwest Regional Noyce Conference. October 29-30, Omaha, Nebraska, USA

    22. *Nepal, M.P. 2014. Collaborative Reading, Writing & Sharing(CREWS) When Combined with Project-Based Learning & Write Like a Scientist (PBL-WLS) Assignments Improved Student Learning Experience in Evolution Course. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2014, July 27-30. Boise, ID, USA.
    23. *Nepal, M.P. 2014. Traditional Note-taking Integrated with Instructional Technology Enhanced Student Learning in a Large Section Botany Course. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2014, July 27-30. Boise, ID, USA.
    24. Vestal S., L.B. Browning, M. Miller, M.P. Nepal and P. White. Poster: REMAST Phase 1: Building a Community. 2014 Midwest Noyce Conference. Omaha, NE, USA.

    25. *Nepal, M.P. 2013. Effectiveness of Multiple Instructional Delivery Methods in a Large Section Botany Course. 2013. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2013, July 27-31. New Orleans, LA, USA.
    26. Nepal, *M. P. and C. Wake.2012. Student Engagement and Assessment Tools (SEATs) for Large Section Botany Course. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2012, July 7 -11, 2012. Columbus, OH, USA.
    27. *Nepal, M.P. and L. Browning. 2014. Quadrat to Query Plants and Prairies. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Joint Conference of South Dakota Science Teachers Association/Council of Teachers of Mathematics. February 2-8, 2014. Huron, SD.
    28. *Nepal, M.P. and L. Browning. 2014. Plant Press Make and Take. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual Joint Conference of South Dakota Science Teachers Association/Council of Teachers of Mathematics. February 2-8, 2014. Huron, SD.
    29. *Nepal, M.P. and L. Browning. 2014. Bioinformatics in South Dakota High School Classrooms. Paper presented at the22nd Annual Joint Conference of South Dakota Science Teachers Association/Council of Teachers of Mathematics. February 2-8, 2014. Huron, SD.
    30. *Nepal, M. P., +R. Stecher and +A. Perry. Pre-and-Post-Chapter Tests (PAPCTs) as an instructional assessment tool for teachers. Poster presented at the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) Midwestern Section Meeting 2012, March 24-25. Lincoln, NE, USA. (Also presented at the Faculty Showcase, Faculty Excellence Day)

    Research Related

    1. Pradhan, B., Hunter, C., and *M.P. Nepal. 2020. Genome-wide Identification of WRKY Genes in Amborella trichopoda Bail.  (Amborellaceae). Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America. July 27-31, Virtual.
    2. Nelson, D.  and *M.P. Nepal. 2020. Developing Genetic Resources for Lakota Plants Used in Traditional Medicine. Lightning talk presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America. July 27-31, Virtual
    3. Pradhan, B., and *M.P. Nepal. 2020. Evolutionary Trends of WRKY Transcription Factors in Higher Plants. Lightning talk presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America. July 27-31, Virtual.
    4. +Bush,C., Nepal, M.P. and  *F.M. Mathew. 2019.Use of drones to identify resistance to stem canker in soybean (Glycine max) and sunflower (Helianthus annuus). Lightning talk presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America. July 27-31, Tucson AZ, USA
    5. +DuBray, C. , +Bush, C, Purintun, J.M., and *M.P Nepal. 2019.  Undergraduates Botanizing on the Prairie Coteau of the Northern Great Plains. Lightning talk presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America. July 27-31, Tucson AZ, USA
    6. Neupane, S., +Schweitzer, S., +Kaluwahandi, S., +Bush, C., +DuBray, C. and  *M.P. Nepal. 2019. Characterization of Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase Kinase Kinase (MKKK) Genes in Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America. July 27-31, Tucson AZ, USA
    7. Purintun, J.M., Andersen, E., Neupane, S., and *M.P. Nepal. 2019. Evolution of Resistance Genes in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and its Relatives. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America. July 27-31, Tucson AZ, USA
    8. +Schweitzer, S and *M.P Nepal. 2019.Identification and Characterization of MAP Kinase Genes in Sunflower. Poster presented at Upper Midwest Honors Conference, April 4-6th,  University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie WI, USA
    9. Andersen, E., S. Ali, E. Byamukama, Y. Yen, S. Neupane, *M. P. Nepal. 2018.  Evolutionary Conservation of PBS1 Homologs in Family Poaceae. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2018, June 21-25. Rochester MN, USA
    10. Neupane, S. and *M.P. Nepal. 2018. Genome-wide Identification of Disease Resistance Genes in Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.). Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2018, June 21-25. Rochester MN, USA
    11. +Schweitzer, S., S. Neupane, E.J.  Andersen, R. Zhou, A. Fennell, and *M.P. Nepal. 2018. Genome-wide Identification of Mitogen Activated Protein Kinase (MAP Kinase) Cascade Genes in Sunflower. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2018, June 21-25. Rochester MN, USA
    12. Andersen, E. J. and M.P. Nepal. 2017. Diversification and Maintenance of Disease Resistant Genes in The Bread Wheat (Triticum Aestivum L.) Genome. Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science (vol. 96, p. 197).
    13. +Lindsey, L. E., Andersen, E. J. and M.P. Nepal. 2017. Do Native Plants Deploy More Rapidly Evolving Genes Than Their Cultivated Relatives Do?Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science (vol. 96, p. 198).
    14. Andersen, E.J. and *M.P. Nepal. 2017. Evolution of the NB-ARC protein domain as a major signaling component of plant defense response. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2017, June 24-28. Fort Worth TX, USA
    15. Andersen, E.J., *M.P. Nepal, S. Ali, Y. Yen, and S. Neupane. 2017. Genome-wide identification of disease resistant genes in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.; Poaceae). Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2017, June 24-28. Fort Worth TX, USA
    16. Neupane, S., *M.P. Nepal,Q. Ma, F. Mathew and A. Varenhorst. 2017.Quantifying induced susceptibility effects in soybean-aphid interaction. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2017, June 24-28. Fort Worth TX, USA
    17. Andersen, E.J., *M.P. Nepal, S. Ali, Y. Yen, R.N. Reese, S. Neupane. 2016. Genome-wide identification of the CNL Disease Resistance enes in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) and Their Evolutionary Divergence. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2016, July 30 –August 3. Savannah, Georgia, USA.
    18. Andersen, E., *M.P. Nepal, R. N. Reese, S. Ali, S. Neupane. 2016. Evolutionary divergence of disease resistance genes in six monocot species. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2016, July 30 –August 3. Savannah, Georgia, USA.
    19. *Nepal, M.P., S. Neupane, F. Mathew, Q. Ma, A. Varenhorst, E.J Andersen, R.N. Reese. 2016. Comparative Genomics of Disease Resistance Genes in Soybean (Glycine max) and Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2016, July 30 –August 3. Savannah, Georgia, USA.
    20. Hummel, M.J. and *M.P. Nepal. 2016. Assessing Phylogenetic Relationships among Anseriformes Based on Nuclear and Mitochondrial DNA Sequences. Paper presented at the 101st Annual Meeting of South Dakota Academy of Sciences. April 8-9, University of Sioux Falls. Sioux Falls, SD, USA.
    21. *Nepal, M.P., +S.R. Shaw, E.J. Andersen. 2015. Tracking Disease Resistance in Wheat through Identification of R-gene Orthologs in Aegilops tauschii Coss. (Poaceae). Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2015, July 25 -29. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
    22. *Nepal, M.P., E.J. Andersen, +S.R. Shaw, J.L. Gonzalez, Y. Yen, and R.N. Reese. 2015. Comparative Genomics of CNL Disease Resistance Genes in Six Grass Species. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2015, July 25 -29. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
    23. Andersen, E.J.., +S.R. Shaw and *M.P. Nepal. 2015. Genome-wide Identification of Disease Resistance Genes in Aegilops tauschii. Poster presented at the 100th Annual Meeting of South Dakota Academy of Sciences. April 10-11, Cedar Shore, SD, USA
    24. Adhikari S., K. Acharya, R. Chowdhary, A. Charif, E. Byamukama, X. Gu, W. Li, J.S. Rohila, M.P. Nepal and S. Subramanian. 2015. Efficient and economical molecular diagnostic tools for soybean stresses. Poster presented at the 11th Annual AgOutlook Conference and Tradeshow. December 10th; Sioux Falls, SD, USA. (Second place prize winner poster)
    25. Benson, B.V., *M.P. Nepal, S. Subramanian and S. Ali. 2014. Soybean Disease Resistance Genes and Their Evolutionary Divergence. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America-Botany 2014, 27-30 July, 2014. Boise, ID, USA.
    26. Andersen, E.J, *M.P Nepal, B.V. Benson and E.A Opitz. 2014. Undergraduate Research Project on Genome-wide Identification of Disease Resistance Genes in Cultivated Barley (Hordeum vulgare, Poaceae). Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America. Botany 2014, 27-30 July, 2014. Boise, ID, USA.
    27. +Opitz, E.A, *M.P Nepal, B.V. Benson and E. J. Andersen. 2014. Undergraduate Research Project on Identification of Disease Resistance Genes in Foxtail Millet (Seteria italica, Poaceae. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America. Botany 2014, 27-30 July, 2014. Boise, ID, USA.
    28. Benson, B.V. and *M.P. Nepal. 2013. Diversity and Evolutionary Divergence of Resistant Genes (R Genes) in Legumes. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America-Botany 2013, July 27-31. New Orleans, LA, USA.
    29. *Nepal, M.P. 2013. Effectiveness of Multiple Instructional Delivery Methods in a Large Section Botany Course. 2013. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2013, July 27-31. New Orleans, LA, USA.
    30. +MacArthur, K.J., +K. Murray, A. Neupane, B.V. Benson, S. Piya and *M.P. Nepal. 2013. Evolution of Mitogen Activated Protein Kinase Kinase (MAPKK) Gene Family in Plants. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America-Botany 2013, July 27-31. New Orleans, LA, USA.
    31. +Schreier, S., S. Piya and *M.P.Nepal. 2013. Postglacial Founder Effect Detected in Endangered Populations of Native Red Mulberry at its Northwestern Boundary. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2013, July 27-31. New Orleans, LA, USA.
    32. Piya S., *M.P. Nepal, J.L. Butler and GE. Larson. 2013. Exploring genetic basis of Sickleweed (Falcaria vulgaris) invasion in the United States. Poster presented at the 98th Annual Meeting of Ecological Society of America. 4-9 August, Minneapolis, MN, USA.
    33. *Nepal, M.P. and C. Wake. 2012. Student Engagement and Assessment Tools (SEATs) for Large Section Botany Course. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America-Botany 2012, July 7 -11 , 2012. Columbus, OH, USA.
    34. Neupane, A., S. Piya, N. Reese, J. Rohila, S. Subramanian and *M. P. Nepal. 2012. Identification of Mitogen Activated Protein Kinase Family Members in Soybean. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America-Botany 2012, July 7 -11, 2012. Columbus, OH, USA.
    35. Piya, Sarbottam, G.E Larson, J.L. Butler, A. Neupane and *M.P. Nepal. 2012. Population Genetics of Falcaria vulgaris (Sickleweed) in North America. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America-Botany 2012, July 7 -11, 2012. Columbus, OH, USA.
    36. Piya, Sarbottam, G.E. Larson, J.L. Butler, A. Neupane and *M.P. Nepal. 2012. Introduction history and spread of Falcaria vulgaris Bernh. (Apiaceae) in the United States based on herbarium records. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of South Dakota Academy of Science. April, 13-14 2012. Vermillion, SD, USA.
    37. Neupane, A., S. Piya, N. Reese, J. Rohila,S. Subramanian and *M. P. Nepal. 2012. Identification of Mitogen Activated Protein Kinase Family Members in Soybean. BOTANY 2012, 7 -11July, 2012. Columbus, OH, USA.
    38. *Nepal, M.P., L. Browning, K. Emo, M. Miller and K. Russow and S.Vestal. 2011. Summary of Rural Enhancement of Math And Science Teachers (REMAST) Summer Conference 2011 at South Dakota State University. NSF Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Conference. July 6-8, 2011. Washington DC, USA.
    39. Emo K., L. Browning, M. Miller, M.P. Nepal, K. Russow and S. Vestal. 2011. K-12 Connections: Creating a Community of STEM Educators. The 20th Annual SDSTA/SDCTM Joint Conference. February 2-4, 2011. Huron, SD, USA.
    40. *Nepal, M. P., and G.E. Larson. 2010. Natural hybridization in Morus: Is an exotic mulberry threatening the native one? Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America -Botany 2010, July 31 - August 4 , 2010. Providence, RI, USA.
    41. Korman, B. L., G.E. Larson, J.L. Butler, and M. P. Nepal. 2010. Sickleweed, an Emerging Problem in the Northern Mixed Grass Prairie. Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2010, 31 July–4 August. Providence, RI, USA.
    42. *Nepal, M.P., S.D. Fehlberg and C.J. Ferguson.2009. Developing and applying low-copy nuclear regions for phylogenetic study in the genus Phlox (Polemoniaceae). Paper presented at Botany and Mycology Joint Congress 2009, July 25-29. Snowbird, UT, USA.
    43. Fehlberg, S.D., M.P. Nepal and C.J. Ferguson. The importance of genetic and cytotype variation in conservation: an example from Phlox (Polemoniaceae). Paper presented at Botany and Mycology Joint Congress 2009, July 25-29. Snowbird, UT, USA.
    44. Fehlberg, S.D., M.P Nepal, M.C. Ty, and C.J. Ferguson. 2008. Evolutionary history and ecological significance of polyploidy in the Phlox woodhousei complex in the arid southwest. 14 - 16 November 2008. Paper presented at Ecological Genomics: sixth annual symposium. Kansas City, MO, USA.
    45. *Nepal, M.P., C.J. Ferguson and M.H. Mayfield. 2007. Exploring A.S. Hitchcock's herbarium: historical botanical findings from computerization of the Kansas State University Herbarium. Paper presented at Botany and Plant Biology Joint Congress 2007, July 7-11. Chicago, IL, USA
    46. *Nepal, M.P., M.H. Mayfield and C.J. Ferguson. 2007. Phylogenetic relationships of Morus L. (Moraceae) inferred from nuclear and chloroplast DNA sequences. Paper presented at Botany and Plant Biology Joint Congress 2007, July 7-11. Chicago, IL, USA.
    47. Nepal, M.P., M.H Mayfield, and C.J. Ferguson. 2006. Systematics and reproductive biology of the genus Morus (Moraceae). Poster presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2006, July 28 - August 2. California State University, Chico, California, USA.
    48. Woods, T.M., S.C. Strakosh, M.P. Nepal, S. Chakrabarti, N.B. Simpson, M.H. Mayfield, and C.J. Ferguson. 2004. Floristic changes documented by historical herbarium specimens: plant species introduced to Kansas. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Botanical Society of America- Botany 2004, July 31 - August 5, Snowbird, Salt Lake City, UT, USA.

     

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    August 21, 2019.  "Oglala Lakota College students explore agricultural research through the Future Agriculture and Science Taskforce Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates fellowship program  (https://www.sdstate.edu/biology-and-microbiology/fast-reeu-fellowships)

    Oglala Lakota College students Candy DuBray, left, and Charles Bush prepare to do DNA extractions in Nepal’s lab
    Oglala Lakota College students Candy DuBray, left, and Charles Bush prepare for DNA extractions in Nepal’s lab