Stories From 2021

Mar 4, 2021

Mike Jones: Carlson Award Recipient 2020-2021

Mike Jones, recent graduate of the Economics Graduate Program has been nominated for the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award which also means he is the recipient of the 2020-2021 Carlson Award. Mike's dissertation provided timely analysis on the use of genetically engineered insects to make farming more profitable in places like the Philippines.

Feb 25, 2021

Hamilton Chiango: Drought and Physiological Changes in Maize

Hamilton Chiango from Mozambique presented his USDA-FAS Borlaug Fellowship findings for a CALS SAIGE International Seminar. The fellowship focused on finding genotypes that can resist dry soil as a result of drought, which would be a significant success for the future of farming in Mozambique. 

Feb 18, 2021

Invasive Flies Prefer Untouched Territory When Laying Eggs

The finding raises questions about how the flies can tell whether a piece of fruit is virgin territory – and what that might mean for pest control.

Feb 11, 2021

PSI Profile: Ross Sozzani, Platform Director for Plant Improvement

The plant improvement platform director for the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative shares her vision: collaboration, innovative crop technologies and students ready for the workforce.

Feb 1, 2021

Q&A: Director Sid Thakur on How NC State’s Global Health Program is Changing the World

Thakur talks about the importance of veterinarians to global health, the program’s plans for the future and why he’s optimistic that NC State can make a real difference in addressing the world’s most pressing health challenges.

Jan 28, 2021

Intercontinental Study Sheds Light on the Microbial Life of Sourdough

In a study of 500 sourdough starters spanning four continents, scientists have garnered new insights into the environmental factors that contribute to each sourdough starter’s microbial ecosystem, and how different types of microbes influence both a sourdough’s aroma and how quickly the sourdough rises.

Jan 26, 2021

Small Business Administration Honors NC State Spinoff SinnovaTek

SinnovaTek, a spinoff company co-founded by Josip Simunovic, professor in NC State’s Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, won an award for its international impact from the Small Business Administration. SinnovaTek produces nutritious, shelf-stable foods that don’t require refrigeration, working with food processing partners around the world, most recently in Kenya.

Jan 14, 2021

Shedding Light on the Secret Reproductive Lives of Honey Bees

Research at NC State and the University of British Columbia shows that there are trade-offs between sperm viability and the expression of a protein involved in the insect’s immune response.

Jan 5, 2021

Measuring Agricultural Trade Costs: Findings and Recommendations

In a new publication, “Agricultural Trade Costs”, current and former Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics faculty analyze international trade barriers.