Better Berries? Coming Up!
Three CALS scientists have won a four-year U.S. Department of Agriculture grant to improve blueberries and cranberries based on producer and consumer interests. The VacciniumCAP project leverages genetic & genomic resources to enable the development of blueberry and cranberry cultivars with improved fruit quality attributes.
Wehners Establish Fellowship Endowment
Todd and DelMarie Wehner recently created the Wehner Horticulture Fellowship Endowment to assist NC State University graduate students interested in horticulture studies. The Wehners said they benefited from university training and careers, and they want to pay those benefits forward to future horticulturists.
John Dole Recognized with Distinguished Alumni Award
John Dole, CALS Academic Programs associate dean, is recognized with the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Minnesota. His work garners an international reputation in floricultural crop production and handling and use of cut flowers.
A Different Kind of Gardening: Ph.D. Student Brandon Huber
Brandon Huber, a Ph.D. student in Horticultural Sciences grows large plants competitively and will placing his plants in the upcoming NC State Fair horticulture competition.
Werner Honored for Teaching and Ornamental Plant Breeding Excellence
Dennis (Denny) Werner is the recipient of the Rutgers Gardens 2019 Hamilton Award, in honor of his numerous contributions to the horticulture industry, plant breeding and excellence in teaching.
CEFS Celebrates 25 Years of Sustainable Ag and Food Systems Work in NC
Twenty-five years ago in North Carolina, amid rising concern about the impact of agriculture on the environment, a groundbreaking partnership was established and the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) at Cherry Research Farm in Goldsboro was founded on Feb. 1, 1994.
Cockson Wins Industry Award for Floriculture Research
Paul Cockson, a master’s student in Horticultural Science, was recently awarded the 2019 Altman Family Scholarship from the American Floral Endowment (AFE). This year’s scholarship efforts focused on three graduate students at leading institutions who are actively engaged in meaningful research, are excellent with communication, and possess qualities of leadership and commitment to the industry.
Top Ten Finish for Horticulture Hardscapers
Like pioneers in the earliest days of our nation, 36 students and three faculty members ventured west to Fort Collins, Colorado, and scaled the Great Rocky Mountains. Except this snowshoe trek was an early team building exercise to inspire and refocus before participating in the 44th National Collegiate Landscape Competition hosted by Colorado State University.
Wehner Appointed Williams Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor
Dr. Todd C. Wehner is William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and leader of the cucumber and watermelon breeding project at North Carolina State University. He also does research on stevia, melon and Asian gourds.
Kraus Coordinates Student Success (And Wins An Award)
In the language of her specialty, Helen Kraus ’89, ’92 M.S., ’95 Ph.D. might be regarded as something of a hybrid. She’s not only an associate professor of horticulture, but also the department’s undergraduate coordinator — a dual role she describes as “the perfect job.”