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Author: Brandon Hopper

Antonio Tranquilino

Mar 14, 2022

Student Spotlight: Antonio Tranquilino

Antonio Tranquilino is a two-year NC State student majoring in Turfgrass Management and Horticultural Science Management to multiply his landscape career prospects. 

Strawberries in cartons

Mar 14, 2022

PhD Position: Strawberry Transplant Optimization and Flower Physiology

A 3-year PhD position is open in the small fruits research and extension group at NC State University. We are seeking an exceptional candidate who will be integral to investigating optimized strawberry propagation practices, using field and controlled environment technology. 

college student climbing a tree toward flag

Mar 9, 2022

Who is the HortPack?

The HortPack is a top ten national collegiate horticulture and landscaping team in NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Over spring break, NC State and the HortPack will host the 2022 National Collegiate Landscaping Competition. 

Hands digging sweet potatoes from the ground, with other workers standing on the horizon

Feb 28, 2022

“Sweet” Research at National Sweetpotato Collaborators Group Meeting

North Carolina’s sweetpotato production has surpassed every other state in the United States for the past 50 years despite increasing challenges like weather events, herbicide-resistant weeds and labor shortages. 

Stephen Ippolito

Feb 15, 2022

Stephen Ippolito: Organic Weed Management Research with Stevia

Stephen Ippolito, an organic weed management graduate student, has focused much of his efforts on improving stevia crops from the effects of the highly competitive Palmer amaranth pigweed. 

James Duduit, a molecular biotechnology researcher and doctoral student in the Department of Horticultural Science, in front of a stone wall.

Jan 24, 2022

James Duduit: Transforming Tomatoes with Molecular Biotechnology

James Duduit, a Horticultural Science doctoral student, utilizes molecular biotechnology to transform tomatoes and improve the crop’s resistance to bacterial wilt and other common pathogens. Molecular biotechnology has many crop applications and is seen as a critical area of research because it increases the speed at which new varieties are developed. Originally from Anderson, South… 

girl holding carrots and radishes

Jan 19, 2022

Keep It Clean: Practices for Healthy Vegetable Gardens

Jeanna Myers presents good gardening and sanitation practices that cover vegetable selection, soil testing, water drainage, air circulation and more. 

Brandon Huber, Ph.D. controlled environmental horticulture student under the direction of Ricardo Hernandez, Ph.D.

Dec 20, 2021

The Horticultural Hats of Brandon Huber

Brandon Huber, the lead plant scientist with Ag Eye Technologies, has worn many hats during his time with the Department of Horticultural Science.  Some of his many achievements include awards for horticulture controlled environment research, growing and sharing Lupin the corpse flower, and competitive gardening which includes submitting some massive pumpkins and watermelons to the NC State Fair.  

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… 


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.