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Dr. Nicholas Heller

Assistant Professor of Crop Sciences
Clarence R Ropp Agriculture Bldng - RAB 146
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My passion is teaching excellence in plant breeding and genetics, applied statistics, and environmentally-sound and profitable agronomic practices.

Current Courses

364.001Advanced Agronomy

464.001Advanced Agronomy

272.001Agricultural Genetics

499.005Independent Research For The Masters Thesis

287.005Independent Study

400.009Independent Study

302.020Special Problems In Agriculture

291.005Undergraduate Teaching Experiences In Agriculture

400.004Independent Study

Research Interests & Areas

My current research interests include:
Domestication and Breeding Pennycress as a Cash Cover Crop
Agronomic Relations in Cropping Systems that Utilize Cover Crops
Future-Focused and Environmentally-Aware Agronomic Practices
Breeding Crop Plants for Aesthetics, Nutritional Quality, and Yield particularly in Sub-Optimal Conditions

Ph D Crop Science

University of Illinois

BA Biology

Illinois Wesleyan University

Journal Article

Yang, L., Lamont, L., Sedbrook, J., Heller, N., & Kopsell, D. Anaerobic digestion of cereal rye cover crop. Fermentation


Potential of pennycress as a cover crop: reduction of soil and porewater nutrients. Illinois Innovation Network Conference. Illinois Innovation Network Conference. (2021)