Stories From 2020
Advancing Food Security and Food Safety through International Collaborations, a Seminar with Dr. Tawanda Muzhingi
The seminar with Dr. Tawanda Muzhingi from the International Potato Center highlights the impact of international collaboration in advancing food safety techniques to introduce the high nutrition orange flesh sweetpotato into the African market and impact food security.
Around the Globe, Groundwater Requires Local Governance
A new paper recently published by ARE faculty member, Eric Edwards, explores the incentives for cooperation and coordination required to govern groundwater around the globe. The overuse of groundwater threatens the water security of many regions in the United States, India, and China.
Otro mundo es Posible: Dr. María-Elena Cazar Ramírez
Dr. María-Elena Cazar Ramírez presented her experience in international research as part of the CALS SAIGE International Seminar Series. This presentation was hosted over Zoom and Facebook live, which opened the seminar up to attendees from all over the world. This was doubly appropriate for Dr. Cazar Ramírez’s presentation, “Building bridges with International Collaboration: a Journey from Ecuador to the world”.
$8.1M+ in Private Gifts Invigorate Greenhouse Gas Research in Agriculture
NC State is well-suited to lead these greenhouse gas mitigation studies. North Carolina’s variety of soils, climates and agricultural systems are representative of those in the tropical and subtropical world. Pioneering work at NC State was key in developing early soil management in Brazil, Peru and elsewhere.
CALS Faculty Selected as Borlaug Fellowship Mentors
In 2021, four Borlaug Fellowship scientists will be traveling from Turkey, Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka to spend three months at NC State conducting research with selected CALS faculty as part of the USDA-FAS Borlaug Fellowship Program. The Borlaug Fellowship Program’s aims are to connect established researchers from developing countries with international collaborative opportunities to promote economic growth and food security.
A Special Specialty Crops Breeder
Todd Wehner’s decades-long work as a plant breeder have earned him recognition as a valued teacher and mentor, researcher and contributor to agriculture and agribusiness. He recently earned him a top international industry accolade, Pickle Packers International’s Hall of Fame Award.
USDA to Fund NC State-Led Group on COVID-19 Food Safety
The two-year grant will support FoodCoVNET, a network of researchers at NC State, Rutgers, the University of Florida and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Scientists will focus on understanding the risks and best practices to address virus transmission between people in food settings like restaurants, produce packing facilities and food manufacturing settings.
The first genome sequence in the insect order Thysanoptera sheds light on one of the world’s most costly agricultural pests, aiding scientists searching for ways to stop damage caused by the invasive western flower thrips.
Destiny Tyson: Student Spotlight
Destiny Tyson sat down for an interview with CALS International Programs to talk about her altered plans to participate in Research Pack Abroad with an internship at Syngenta Brazil during summer 2020. Tyson reflects on her previous experience at CIMMYT in Mexico and how she hopes her future career holds international research options.
Faculty Focus: Rellán-Álvarez Discusses Maize Research
From earning his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in Spain, to completing his postdoctoral work at the Carnegie Institution in Stanford, California, Rubén Rellán-Álvarez brings plenty of diverse thought, creativity and teaching to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry. Prior to joining CALS in January 2019, Álvarez started a lab in Mexico in 2015 at the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity.