Research

Mar 30, 2017

The Importance of Seeds: a Q&A with Rob Dunn

There is little genetic diversity among the crops that are most important for feeding people around the world. Rob Dunn's new book explores this issue and why it matters.

Mar 29, 2017

Project Aims for New and Better Cover Crops

NC State University’s Chris Reberg-Horton is among collaborators in a nationwide project to develop new and better cover crops.

Mar 29, 2017

Cookbooks Give Readers (Mostly) Bad Advice On Food Safety

A recent study finds bestselling cookbooks offer readers little useful advice about food safety, and much of the advice they do provide is inaccurate and not based on sound science.

Mar 28, 2017

Breeding a Better Stevia Plant for the Southeast

At NC State University, scientists are working on something sweet, experimenting with ways to improve a plant that yields a sweetener known as stevia.

Feb 20, 2017

Project Aims to Eliminate ‘Ugly’ Sweet Potatoes

Dr. Mike Boyette and grad student Amber Tsirnikas are on a mission to help farmers grow better (more attractive) sweet potatoes. Their efforts could boost the industry in a big way.

Feb 10, 2017

“Greater Good” Award to Boost Sweet Potato Research

A plan to shed more light on the complicated genetics of the sweet potato has garnered two NC State University scientists an Agricultural Greater Good Initiative Award from the genomics company Illumina.

Feb 9, 2017

Eye on the (Butterfly) Future

Ph.D. student Elsita Kiekebusch is studying how climate change affects a butterfly population, in hopes of aiding conservation.

Feb 6, 2017

‘Great Pumpkin Project’ Recruits Citizen Scientists to Document Agricultural Biodiversity

A team of researchers is recruiting citizen scientists to participate in a study of which microbes and insects visit the same crop plants around the world.

Jan 23, 2017

Barrangou Wins 2017 NAS Award in Molecular Biology

Dr. Rodolphe Barrangou of the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences adds a National Academy of Sciences award to his growing list of accolades.

Jan 20, 2017

Manganese Oxides in Treatment System Could Be Mixed Blessing

In a “bad news, good news” scenario, researchers at North Carolina State University have found that some black sludge growing in a water-treatment site could have redeeming benefits.