he Specialty Crops Improvement Showcase is a hybrid seminar that will be hosted at JC Raulston Arboretum, York Auditorium, with a ZOOM webinar option, from 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm. Optional in-person networking from 5 – 6 p.m.
Specialty Crops have a rising economic, labor, nutritional and social significance. However, most of the specialty crops lack research dedication to solve some of the most pressing problems that would enable greater production, quality and accessibility of products that can sustain and improve the lives of our communities. At our upcoming February 9 showcase, we will focus on some of our most innovative research in genetics, genomics, breeding and analytics in Specialty Crops at NC State and explore avenues to create synergies to further enhance that research and its impact. We will start with a panel discussion on the relevance of public-private partnerships to advance R&D in Specialty Crops, especially in the areas of genetics and breeding of those crops. The panel discussion will be followed by NC State faculty briefs.