Faculty Focus: Shah Seeks Real-World Solutions
Sanjay Shah sees the potential of solar energy use in livestock barn heating, not only for reducing heating fuel use but also improving the indoor air quality. So he is working to test a low-cost solar air heating technology that could have an immediate impact on poultry and pig producers.
Researchers Gain Insight Into Chromosome Evolution in Flies
By identifying a gene indispensable for males’ survival in a devastating livestock pest, North Carolina State University researchers have shed new light on the evolution of fly chromosomes.
David Tarpy Demonstrates Queen Bee Research on Capitol Hill
David Tarpy, CALS professor of entomology and Extension apiculturist, is participating in a national exhibition in Washington, D.C., on June 6 to help demonstrate to Congress the importance of agricultural research.
It’s Not the Mayonnaise: Food Safety Myths & Summertime Food
When folks get sick after a picnic, people often blame the potato salad. Or the chicken salad. Or whatever other side dish was made with mayonnaise. But that’s usually not the culprit, says food safety expert Ben Chapman.
Think Chimpanzee Beds Are Dirtier Than Human Ones? Think Again
Chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) appear to keep tidier sleeping arrangements than humans do. That’s one finding of a recent study that evaluated the microbes and arthropods found in the treetop beds that chimpanzees make each night.
What Happens If We Run Out? Pesticide Resistance Needs Attention, Large-Scale Study
To slow the evolutionary progression of weeds and insect pests gaining resistance to herbicides and pesticides, policymakers should provide resources for large-scale, landscape-level studies of a number of promising but untested approaches for slowing pest evolution. That’s the takeaway recommendation from a North Carolina State University review paper addressing pesticide resistance published in the journal Science.
Should I Kill Spiders in My Home? An Entomologist Explains Why Not To
In this article from The Conversation, Matt Bertone, an Extension associate in entomology, explains why it's best to squash the urge to squash spiders in your home.
Graze in the Shade: Silvopasture’s Benefits
How can a grower be more productive per acre while improving grassland ecosystems? How do we increase production to feed a growing population while sustaining available resources? Could silvopasture help? NC State's Miguel Castillo is finding answers.
Natural Gas Prices, Not ‘War On Coal,’ Were Key to Coal Power Decline
New research from North Carolina State University and the University of Colorado Boulder finds that steep declines in the use of coal for power generation over the past decade were caused largely by less expensive natural gas and the availability of wind energy – not by environmental regulations.
NC State’s Rodolphe Barrangou Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Rodolphe Barrangou, Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Scholar in Probiotics Research and professor of food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences at North Carolina State University, has been elected into the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), one of the world’s most important and influential scientific societies.