Bee, Wasp or Fly? Identifying N.C. Bees
It turns out there are key differences between bees, wasps and flies that are easy to spot with the trained eye. Whether you’re seeking peace of mind or looking to identify new guests in your garden, NC State Extension can help.
For the Next Agricultural Revolution, Look to the Microbiome
A national task force led by scientists with NC State ties says the plant microbiome could be key to unlocking the agricultural revolution needed to feed a fast-growing world population.
Treating for Mosquitoes While Protecting Pollinators
Summer means spending more time outside. But your outdoor events may have some uninvited guests—mosquitoes. Extension Entomologist Mike Waldvogel explains how mosquito insecticidal sprays work and tips on how to apply them without harming pollinators.
Study Could Lead to Power Over Parasite
Researchers find genetic targets for controlling the New World screwworm, a deadly insect pest that feeds on livestock, wildlife, pets and even humans in the Western Hemisphere.
Department Members Recognized at APS Virtual Award Ceremony
Several members from NC State's Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology received awards in honor of their significant contributions to the science of plant pathology.
Rick Brandenburg Scores Cover of Carolina Greens
Rick Brandenburg has been finding ways to reduce the damage that insects cause to peanuts as well as to lawns, athletic fields, golf courses and other grassy areas. The impact of his turfgrass work recently earned him a spot on the cover of Carolina Greens magazine and the top honor bestowed by the magazine’s publisher.
A Tribute to the Late Benny Bloodworth
We lost a friend and colleague on July 22, when research specialist Benny Bloodworth passed away. Benny a member of the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology and based at the Horticultural Crops Research Station in Castle Hayne.
This year’s berry crops yielded lessons in adaptability for Extension experts. They weighed strawberries in the garage, delivered masks to farms, connected via technology and never stopped listening.
Using Leaf Fungi to Improve Crop Resilience
An interdisciplinary team led by Christine Hawkes is identifying beneficial fungi found in five key crops with the aim of using them to help plants fend off diseases and tolerate drought stress.
Levenson Awarded for Research on Supporting Native Bees
During the spring North Carolina Ag and Life Sciences Research Foundation (NCALS) meeting on March 4, seven postdoctoral fellows and graduate students presented their research.