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Department of Horticultural Science

The Sweet-APPS team sitting at a table

Nov 22, 2022

Sweet-APPS Yielding Sweet Success

From deploying innovative sensors to creating productive relationships with stakeholders, the Sweetpotato Analytics for Produce Provenance and Scanning project has had a rewarding first two years. 

A dog and its trainers looking for truffles outside

Nov 16, 2022

This Truffle’s No Trifle

Man's best friend helps unearth a potentially lucrative crop in western North Carolina. NC State Extension's Katie Learn talks about these rare delicacies and what Extension is doing to help truffle growers. 

two bushels of apples in an orchard

Oct 18, 2022

Your Guide to North Carolina Apples

Apple picking season is here, and there’s no better time to pick fresh apples than during National Apple Month. Mike Parker, a tree fruit specialist with NC State Extension, gives an inside look at our state’s booming apple industry. 

Modesta Abugu in a sweetpotato field

Oct 14, 2022

Modesta Abugu: Improving Sweetpotato Flavor for Nutrition Security

Ph.D. student Modesta Abugu is researching flavor compounds in sweetpotatoes with a goal of increasing consumption and improving global nutrition security. 

a man standing in a vineyard

Sep 20, 2022

Kyle Freedman: From Philosophy to Viticulture

North Carolina has over 250 vineyards and 150 wineries with an overall industry economic impact of over $2 billion per year. Kyle Freedman uses his passion for horticulture to bolster the industry through the study of grape production and winemaking. 

a headshot of Andrew Quate

Sep 5, 2022

Andrew Quate: Engaging Horticulture Experiences

Andrew Quate, a junior in the Department of Horticultural Science, shares some of his formative connections and experiences in CALS, including his summer internship. 

tomatoes in a basket

Aug 9, 2022

Impacting Global Food Security Through Improved Tomato Varieties

As the second most consumed vegetable in the United States and the top-produced vegetable in the world, tomatoes are essential when feeding growing populations. Meet Reza Shekasteband, an NC State researcher who is developing improved crop varieties. 

a close up photo of a Hibiscus flower

Aug 4, 2022

Cultivating Success: New Faculty Mirror Horticulture’s Evolving Trends

Horticultural Science responded to the needs and interests of its students and the green industry with three recent faculty hires, each with a different area of expertise. 

Guests walking at JC Raulston Arboretum.

Jul 25, 2022

Learning Horticulture From 500 Miles Away

Mikayla Roth earned her Master of Horticultural Science degree and Geographic Information Systems certificate not only online but from Ithaca, New York. 

Grapes on a conveyor

Jul 20, 2022

Muscadine So Fine

Muscadine grapes are one of the new “it” superfoods. The Farms, Food and You podcast talks with Mark Hoffmann, a small fruits specialist with NC State Extension, about the muscadine industry in North Carolina.