Mark Watson, 2020 graduate from CALS, reflects on his time at NC State conducting research on campus and in Lima, Peru through Research Pack Abroad.
NC State Researchers Continue Improving Sweetpotatoes for Africa
Craig Yencho and his team recently received part of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue their work improving sweetpotatoes in Sub-Saharan Africa. The genomic tools developed through the three-year, $15-million-dollar grant will also improve sweetpotato breeding for North Carolina farmers.
A deepening partnership between NC State blueberry geneticist Hamid Ashrafi and North African small fruit scientist Ahlam Hamim is aimed at boosting blueberry industries in two very different parts of the globe. Hamim, a government scientist from Morocco, recently spent three months in Ashrafi’s blueberry genetics and genomics laboratory as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar. Hamim’s research at NC State grew out of an earlier trip that she made to the United States in spring 2018 as a USDA-FAS Borlaug Fellow.
Gene-Editing and The Consumer: Colombian Cochran Fellows at NC State
In December 2019, CALS International Programs received a group of Cochran fellows visiting from Colombia to study gene editing policy and regulation in agriculture at NC State.
NC State Coronavirus Updates
NC State continues to work with county and state health officials to monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read for all the ongoing updates.
You Decide: Could a Virus Take Down the Economy?
The question is whether the coronavirus that has hit China could send the world – and the U.S. – into a recession, or worse.
From Raleigh to Djilor: Dannica Wall and Poultry Farming in Senegal
Poultry Science PhD student Dannica Wall gave an eye-opening presentation on her time spent in Djilor, Senegal as part of the CALS SAIGE International Seminar Series. Wall was sent abroad through Farmer to Farmer, a USAID-funded program that seeks to increase agricultural productivity, sustainable farming practices, and strengthen existing institutions.
Algerian Cochran Fellows Visit NC State for Poultry Feed Production Training
For the first time, CALS Global Academy hosted an Algerian group for a Cochran training that focused on streamlining poultry feed production and growing capacity for agricultural research and international trade
Tummy Talk: Dr. Diego Bohorquez and The Neuroscience of The Gut
In the final seminar of CALS SAIGE’s fall international seminar series, Dr. Diego Bohorquez, a gut-brain neuroscientist from Duke University, gave an interview and open dialogue about his experience with international research. The crux of Dr. Bohorquez’ current work rests at the idea that the little nervous sensors in the human gut, called neuropods, use nutritional information to communicate with the brain.
Ambassador Visit Highlights Partnerships Near and Far
As the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative continues to take shape, partnerships between VIB, a Belgian life sciences institute, and NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences are growing.