Checking blueberries for disease in Western NC


Global crop and soil science innovation starts here.

A Complete Innovation Ecosystem

We conduct cutting-edge research to improve food security and enhance agricultural systems. We discover new approaches to protect soil and water resources from degradation associated with agricultural and urban land uses.

Our research is conducted in well-equipped labs, greenhouses, and the NC State Phytotron for controlled environmental work. And we have access to an excellent field station system with a variety of environments and soils ranging from the mountains to the Piedmont, to the coastal plains and blacklands of Eastern North Carolina.

Our Crop-Soil collaborative studies are addressing some of the most pressing issues our world faces today.

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Feeding a Growing World Population

Our crop production research identifies the most effective and cost-efficient resources while maximizing production and environmental protection.

Addressing Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture

We measure greenhouse gas emissions and develop high-tech solutions — including assessment of the role of organic farming — to reduce them.

Protecting our Water and Environment

We develop management strategies that protect soil and water resources from degradation associated with agricultural and urban land uses.

When the world needs innovation in crop and soil sciences, they work with us.

Programs and Commodities

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Research Programs

Crop and Soil Sciences research includes programs that range from water and air quality to agricultural production and management. From forage and grassland management to integrated pest management. We are also working with budding scientists participating in 4-H programs across the state.

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Research for Commodities

Our crop commodities research incorporates the use of molecular, cellular, and quantitative genetic techniques in focus areas that include plant improvement, systems agriculture, weed management and modeling, just to name a few. We work closely with our stakeholders to provide research that yields results.

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