Flowers Aren’t Enough: How Urban Heat Affects Bee Populations
Simply adding flowers to otherwise hot sites with lots of impervious surface cover is unlikely to restore pollinator communities, says CALS Entomologist Steve Frank. In NC State's science blog, the Abstract, Frank describes recent research in and around Raleigh that shows urban heat is a factor.
‘Demographic Compensation’ May Not Save Plants Facing Climate Change
An in-depth look at how plants respond to climate change shows mixed results for the phenomenon of “demographic compensation” as a way for plants to avoid severe population declines.
Faculty Focus: Cancer Researcher Aims to Alleviate Suffering
Melanie Simpson, head of the Department of Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, is internationally recognized for her research on mechanisms of prostate cancer progression and metastasis. But it’s her determination and passion for her work that continue to move her research forward.
Bed Bug Histamines Are Substantial, Persistent in Infested Homes
Bed bugs may soon be considered more than a nuisance pest. New research shows that bed bugs produce a lot of histamines that trigger allergic reactions in humans, and that these histamines don't go away for long periods of time -- even if the bed bugs are eliminated.
NC State Receives $1 Million FFAR Grant to Improve Human Health
NC State researchers seek to improve the nutritional density of common fruits and vegetables in a range of consumer products. This work will enable food companies to develop products that more effectively deliver the health benefits of fruits and vegetables.
Will a Cold Winter Kill Off Ticks?
The bad news is that even particularly harsh winter weather – like that experienced by much of the East Coast this year – won’t kill off ticks. However, a brutal winter could still have an effect on tick populations.
How Solitary Cockroaches Gave Rise to Social Termites: Tales from Two Genomes
Termites are 'social cockroaches.' NC State researchers examine the genomes of both termites and cockroaches to find clues about how this evolution occurred.
Venus Flytraps Don’t Eat The Insects That Pollinate Them
NC State researchers discover which insects pollinate Venus flytraps – and learn that flytraps don’t dine on them.
Faculty Focus: Fighting to Save Cassava
Trino Ascencio-Ibanez and his colleagues are hard at work – with the help of two major grants – protecting the food supply for an entire continent.
Connecting N.C. Agriculture, Nutrition Education
What if eating local fruits and vegetables wasn’t just “doctor’s orders” but an actual prescription? Three North Carolina universities, including NC State, are working together to see.