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Department of Plant and Microbial Biology

Feb 8, 2021

PSI Profile: Ross Sozzani, Platform Director for Plant Improvement

The plant improvement platform director for the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative shares her vision: collaboration, innovative crop technologies and students ready for the workforce. 

Dec 28, 2020

Faculty Focus: Award-winning Advisor Chad Jordan

As one former student wrote, “Whether he was writing recommendation letters, encouraging me to apply for awards, or giving me advice for the future, the role Dr. Jordan played in shaping my career is immeasurable." 

Photo of muscadine grapes on the vine.

Nov 30, 2020

Chemical Compounds in Foods Can Inhibit a Key SARS-CoV-2 Enzyme

Green tea, muscadine grape and dark chocolate chemical compounds inhibit an important SARS-CoV-2 enzyme. 

Andrew Berley in airplane cockpit

Nov 16, 2020

A Peek at the Future

High-achieving student Andrew Berley's goals involve helping solve world hunger. That's why he's added a plant biology major to his studies. 

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Nov 2, 2020

From Sunrise to Startups, Grad Students Plan Futures

Whether it’s organic peanut production, better options for soybean crop rotation or finding new ways to help crops thrive, CALS graduate students are poised to make a difference. 

A corn field in North Carolina

Oct 12, 2020

Grant Continues Support of Crop DNA Replication Research

Two professors in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology recently received a three-year, $3.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to continue their work of 17 years unraveling how plants control DNA replication and how this influences agronomic traits. 

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Aug 20, 2020

Faculty Focus: Evolutionary Ecologist Seema Sheth

Meet one our newer faculty members Seema Sheth. She’s an evolutionary ecologist and studies how plants adapt to climate. 

Photo of Amy Grunden in NC State's Phytotron.

Jul 13, 2020

Grunden Named Assistant Director of NCARS

Amy Grunden, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, was named assistant director for the life sciences for the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS). She started in the position on July 13. 

A sandy field of soybeans

Jun 30, 2020

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. 

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Jun 30, 2020

Becky Boston: A Distinguished 30-Year CALS Career

“Once I got to NC State, I was extremely happy in the department. ...I had the resources I needed to pursue my research. I could attract really good graduate students. I liked the courses I taught and I found that it was a really great fit for me,” Boston said. “From the time I arrived here, there's always been a very cooperative and collegial research community of people being willing to help and people doing excellent science.”