CALS faculty engage in global education, research and outreach.

Diverse Expertise, Global Impact

In labs, fields and classrooms all over the globe, CALS faculty members are making a difference.
Search our Faculty Directory to see the variety of expertise and international research projects. And read the stories below for a glimpse of the diversity of projects taking place around the world.


200 Faculty in 90 countries

Our faculty collaborate with communities around the world to solve grand agricultural challenges.

Sustainable Agricultural Drainage in the Nile Delta of Egypt

Profile pic of Dr. Mohamed Youssef in BAE.Dr. Mohamed Yousef of the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering is an internationally-recognized expert in agricultural water management. His recent transformative research led to the development of smart, sensor-based irrigation and drainage systems for optimizing crop production with the goal of increasing crop yields while minimizing water use and protecting water quality. Learn more about his current project in Egypt.

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Genomic Tools for Sweet Potato Improvement

Profile pic of Dr. Craig Yencho in Horticultural Science.

Dr. Craig Yencho, a CALS professor of horticultural science, heads the university‚Äôs sweet potato breeding program. His research focuses on developing disease- and insect-resistant table-stock, processing and specialty-type sweet potatoes, and potatoes adapted to North Carolina’s growing conditions with improved root and tuber quality, respectively. Learn more about his Gates Foundation-funded project in Africa.

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Survey of Citrus Fruit Flies in China

Profile pic of Dr. Yulu Xia

As an assistant director of the NSF Center for Integrated Pest Management at NC State, Dr. Yulu Xia conducts research and extension activities in all major continents except Europe. His work focuses on topics that range from the application of information technology in crop protection to surveys of the agricultural pests and diseases that threaten U.S. agricultural production. Learn more about his projects in China and Indonesia.

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