Initiatives

Sep 2, 2020

Nominate a Future CALS Student

Know a high school or transfer student you'd like to recommend for undergraduate studies in CALS? Tell us, and we’ll reach out to the student to help answer questions and share information about CALS.

Sep 2, 2020  |  Initiatives

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.

Aug 28, 2020  |  Research

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.

Aug 24, 2020

For the Next Agricultural Revolution, Look to the Microbiome

A national task force led by scientists with NC State ties says the plant microbiome could be key to unlocking the agricultural revolution needed to feed a fast-growing world population.

Jun 30, 2020  |  Research

Using Leaf Fungi to Improve Crop Resilience

An interdisciplinary team led by Christine Hawkes is identifying beneficial fungi found in five key crops with the aim of using them to help plants fend off diseases and tolerate drought stress.

Jun 9, 2020  |  Research

Low-Cost Cameras Could Be Sensors to Remotely Monitor Crop Stress

Researchers from CALS and COE, led by postdoctoral research scholar Paula Ramos-Giraldo, have worked together to construct a low-cost camera system to monitor crop stress remotely. Their StressCam will aid researchers, plant breeders and ultimately farmers.

Jun 2, 2020  |  Research

NC State Spin-off TreeCo To Breed a Better Forest

TreeCo, start-up company founded by by two NC State researchers, is setting out to revolutionize the forestry industry by combining insights from tree genetics with the power of genome editing.

May 26, 2020  |  Research

Topping-off for Tomato Breeding

NC State’s tomato breeding efforts, led by Dilip Panthee, just got a boost in the form of a new 1440-square-foot greenhouse at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center.

May 13, 2020  |  Gifts and Awards

Partner Profile: North Carolina Soybean Producers Association

The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association was one of the first commodity groups to pledge their support for the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative (N.C. PSI). Owen Wanger, CEO of the association, shares why it supports the N.C. PSI.

May 4, 2020  |  Research

NC State Researchers Continue Improving Sweetpotatoes for Africa

Craig Yencho and his team recently received part of a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to continue their work improving sweetpotatoes in Sub-Saharan Africa. The genomic tools developed through the three-year, $15-million-dollar grant will also improve sweetpotato breeding for North Carolina farmers.