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Month: June 2016

Jun 29, 2016

Barking Up The Right Tree

Aged pine bark is the one of the most common organic substrate components in the US, with bark from loblolly and longleaf pines being the most prominent in the southern U.S.  Aging is a modified composting process (no nitrogen source added) in which the bark is piled on the ground in windrows and allowed to… 

Dr. Tom Kon

Jun 29, 2016

Tom Kon Appointed New Apple Physiologist

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Tom Kon has accepted the position of Multi-State Apple Physiologist in our department and will begin work at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center on September 1st. Tom is finishing his PhD at Penn State this summer. 

Jun 29, 2016

JC Raulston Arboretum 2016 Summer Interns

A special welcome to the JC Raulston Arboretum’s summer interns!  When you visit the arboretum, be sure to say hello to these NC State University students, who are working alongside JCRA staff this summer. In addition to helping with the very large job of maintaining a public garden, they are very busy propagating plants for the JCRA… 

A young boy cradles a sweet potato in a field.

Jun 28, 2016

Ph.D. Alumni Andrade, Mwanga Win World Food Prize

Two NC State alumni are among the four winners of the 2016 World Food Prize, one of the most important and coveted international awards given in agriculture. 

An enthusiastic Lentz gives Sen. John Alexander an overview of the potential of his research to solve one of North Carolina's difficult waste management problems.

Jun 21, 2016

Legislature learns about waste-to-energy research

Ph.D. student Zachary Lentz presents swine manure research to legislature and the public on Graduate Education Day. 

Waste lagoon and hog houses on a farm outside of Kinston.

Jun 21, 2016

Why is hog waste so difficult to process?

Dr. John Classen, of NC State University’s Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, explains how different hog waste is from human waste and why it is so difficult to treat. 

Squash bee on squash

Jun 21, 2016

How Native American Agriculture Spread Bees in Pre-Columbian North America

Using genetic markers, researchers have for the first time shown how cultivating a specific crop led to the expansion of a pollinator species. In this case, the researchers found that the spread of a bee species in pre-Columbian Central and North America was tied to the spread of squash agriculture. 

Job applicant waits in the career center.

Jun 19, 2016

Search is on for new department head, faculty

Recruitment has begun for 21 faculty and administrator positions in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, part of the new strategic hiring plan. 

John Cavanagh and Christian Melander (right) look at slide

Jun 7, 2016

Resistance Remedies

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences researchers John Cavanagh and Rodolphe Barrangou are among the NC State scientists working on different approaches to fighting antibiotic-resistant bacteria.