NC State Team Finds Solution for Sweetpotato Problem
An NC State team led by Jonathan Schultheis has determined a new curing process that greatly reduces internal necrosis in Covington sweetpotatoes. This will save N.C. sweetpotato producers millions of dollars in crop loss.
Collins Continues Support for Agricultural Innovation
Bill Collins and Ann Collins named a study room in the new Plant Sciences Building. Learn why they feel supporting the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative is vital for the future of North Carolina.
Faculty Focus: Nelson to Help USDA Guide Agricultural Innovation
Natalie Nelson, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering was selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to serve as one of the 11 subject matter experts for the USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda.
Syngenta Donates One-of-a-Kind Laboratory Equipment to N.C. PSI
Syngenta donated four plant growth chambers and a specialized weighing system to the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative. At more than $1.5 million, this is the largest corporate donation to N.C. PSI, so far.
A New IDEA: Pairing Trainees with Computational Experts During the Pandemic
This spring in the midst of a pandemic, a committee of CALS faculty members matched graduate students and postdocs with data they needed to analyze or model computationally to computational experts with the necessary expertise. Learn more about how the collaboration is going for three trainees.
New Grants Support Microbiome and Resiliency Studies
Christine Hawkes and Kevin Garcia recently received separate federal grants to study plant and soil microbiomes to understand how the soil captures carbon and how symbiotic root fungi help legumes get potassium. This research will improve the resiliency of agriculture.
Faculty Focus: Buckel Inducted into Research Leadership Academy
Jeff Buckel studies economically and ecologically important fish to ensure good fishing for decades to come. He was one of six professors inducted into the University’s Research Leadership Academy in 2020. The Research Leadership Academy is focused on supporting the professional development of NC State research faculty.
The Economic Impact of Microwave Processing: From Greene County to Kenya
Josip Simunovic has a passion for improving the world. One food product at a time. His microwave processing technology to turn ugly produce into long-lasting puree has had a major economic impact on communities from eastern North Carolina to Kenya.
Grunden Named Assistant Director of NCARS
Amy Grunden, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, was named assistant director for the life sciences for the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS). She started in the position on July 13.
‘Map’ of Sweetpotato Genome to Improve Breeding Efforts
NC State scientists recently published a scientific paper that mapped the genetic locations of economically important traits in sweetpotatoes such as higher yield and disease resistance. Their genetic map may lead to breeding better sweetpotatoes.