2019 Borlaug Scholar Adam D’Angelo talks with Marc Zienkiewicz about his love of playing bluegrass music, hazelnut breeding, and why he gets a lot of Nutella-related comments and questions. Interview conducted at the annual meeting of the National Association of Plant Breeders in Pine Mountain, Georgia.
D’Angelo is an undergraduate student double majoring in plant biology and agriculture & food systems at Rutgers University. He is currently conducting research in Dr. Thomas Molnar’s hazelnut breeding lab, and is working on his Senior Honors Thesis, which will involve phenotyping Turkish and Latvian hazelnut germplasm and mapping the self-incompatibility alleles present in high profile individuals. Upon graduation, he plans to attend graduate school to earn his PhD in plant breeding.