Stories From 2020

Oct 27, 2020

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.

Oct 27, 2020

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.

Oct 20, 2020

Insect Insights

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.

Oct 14, 2020

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.

Oct 1, 2020

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. 

Sep 18, 2020

Student Spotlight: Andrew Howell

The most impactful experience for me so far was conducting research in New Zealand. At the beginning of my Ph.D. program three years ago, I was offered an opportunity to collaborate with the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). I spent 6 months conducting research on a novel aquatic herbicide which was in the labeling process here in the US at the time.

Sep 8, 2020

Science Confirms Coronavirus not Transmitted by Food

While Chinese authorities are requiring additional tests on frozen meat and poultry for traces of the virus that causes COVID-19, this scientific review by NC State CALS researchers and the American Frozen Food Institute finds that SARS-CoV-2 cannot be spread by foodborne routes.

Sep 3, 2020

Syngenta Donates One-of-a-Kind Laboratory Equipment to N.C. PSI

Long-time NC State corporate partner Syngenta, a global agriculture company, donated four plant growth chambers with unique capabilities and a specialized weighing system for water-use research to NC State’s Plant Sciences Initiative. The Plant Sciences Building is scheduled to open in early 2022.

Aug 25, 2020

What a Changing Climate May Mean for Crop Pests

Agricultural systems in most parts of the world are the result of generations of trial and error (and, over the last 100 or so years, agricultural research) that, ultimately, reduce that risk as much as possible. In other words, agriculture depends on the local predictability of environmental conditions. Climate change reduces that predictability.

Aug 21, 2020

Lasting Impacts: Closing Ceremony for International Journal Publication Course

Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina and North Carolina State University came together to participate in a virtual closing ceremony for a course NC State Faculty, Dr. Hannah Burrack, and Dr. Steven Hall designed to guide the publication process of articles on aquaculture in international scientific journals