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Amanda Lay-Walters

Nov 29, 2021

Amanda Lay-Walters: Sustainability in Small Fruit Production

NC State is filled with numerous memories and achievements for Amanda Lay-Walters, a Department of Horticultural Science master of science candidate. When COVID-19 shifted everyone to online platforms, it was the connections to fellow Wolfpackers that left the greatest impression. Faculty, staff and students were nearby and ready to discuss plant solutions. After being named a… 

Leaves from a Flame thrower redbud

Nov 5, 2021

The Scientific Process of Creating the Flame Thrower™ Redbud

A behind-the-scenes look at a NC State breeder’s process of creating an award-winning redbud. 

Craig Yencho and Bernard Yada ’14, Ph.D., survey sweetpotato vines at a research farm outside Kampala, Uganda.

Oct 29, 2021

Protecting Our State’s New Rural Cash Crop

The true profit potential of sweetpotatoes has been held back by an aggressive and invasive pest. NC State’s Craig Yencho will lead a $5 million grant-funded project to fight it. 

Strawberries in cartons

Oct 29, 2021

Propagating Grower Success

Mark Hoffmann will lead a $5.3 million project to develop new indoor and outdoor propagation technologies for America’s strawberry nursery industry. 


Oct 29, 2021

Data mining used to catalog watermelon compounds

Prior to the pandemic, the postharvest physiology lab of Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie was typically buzzing with activity processing fruits and vegetables to assess how plant compounds change after harvest and/or storage. 

Flamethrower redbud trees with a blue background

Oct 29, 2021

‘A Kaleidoscope of Colors’: NC State Breeder Creates Winning Flame Thrower™ redbud

A NC State Breeder wins Plant of the Year for vibrant redbud at a prestigious international flower show. 

substrates laboratory

Oct 21, 2021

Soilless Substrates Grow Plants and Global Influence

There is an unprecedented growing global demand for soilless substrates in horticulture due to the increased production of ornamental, vegetable, soft fruit and Cannabis crops in soilless growing systems.  

Oct 20, 2021

The Anatomy of a Giant Pumpkin

Brandon Huber, NC State Alumnus, and Ricardo Hernandez, associate professor, share some of the science behind growing giant pumpkins that are displayed each year at the North Carolina State Fair. 

Two NC State students on a sweet potato farm

Oct 20, 2021

A Passion for Plants and a Desire to Help Farmers

An early passion for plants set the stage for Andrew Scruggs’ career. The CALS alumnus and Bayer Crop Science employee works to test crop varieties and bring the best to farmers across the Carolinas and Tennessee. 

Remi Ham

Oct 15, 2021

Remi Ham: Connecting Pupils with Plants

Beginning her faculty life at NC State with COVID lockdown, Remi Ham is finding normalcy into her second year as an assistant teaching professor with the Department of Horticultural Science.