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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.