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Entomology and Plant Pathology

Pam Marrone alongside Dean Richard Linton as she receives her Distinguished Alumna award in 2021

Jan 14, 2022

Sustainable Ag Leader Names Test Plot in Support of N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative

The success of Distinguished CALS Alumna Pam Marrone’s biopesticides depended heavily on test plots. Now she’s naming a test plot in her family’s honor to support the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative. 

Graduate student and regulatory professional Jessica Vigna offers an industry professional’s perspective on the Regulatory Science in Agriculture certificate program

Jul 2, 2021

Filling the Blanks in Regulatory Science

Jessica Vigna, a state regulatory manager leading a small team at Adama, is taking elective classes in the graduate-level Regulatory Science in Agriculture certificate program. 

May 7, 2020

Asian Giant Hornets Not a Problem for NC Beekeepers…Yet?

There is a viral news story circulating about the “murder hornet,” the unfortunate moniker of the Asian Giant hornet. A handful of colonies were reported in the Pacific Northwest and no documented cases of this new invasive insect in North Carolina. 

Brown cockroach

Jan 29, 2019

‘Bug Bombs’ Ineffective At Killing Insects Indoors

Total release foggers, commonly known as “bug bombs,” are ineffective at removing cockroaches from indoor environments, according to a new study from North Carolina State University. 

Eleanor Spicer Rice, CALS alum, author and ant expert

Apr 12, 2018

CALS Book Club: Explore The Secret World Of Insects

Dr. Eleanor’s Book of Common Ants: This behind-the-scenes look at the lives of ants by entomology alumna Eleanor Spicer Rice and Applied Ecology Professor Rob Dunn won coast-to-coast acclaim in 2017, spending time as the best-selling entomology book on Amazon. Powered by a long-running citizen science project, the series also includes books on the ants… 

NCSU CALS PhD Student Johanna Elsensohn

Dec 19, 2017

Scientist to the Senators: Ph.D. Student Johanna Elsensohn

Entomology Ph.D. student Johanna Elsensohn's first trip to Washington, D.C., to speak with policymakers was almost two years ago — and it changed everything. 

CALS Magazine Scientists Dorith and Anna

Oct 25, 2017

A Perfect Partnership: New CALS Scientists Anna Whitfield and Dorith Rotenberg

For new CALS scientists Anna Whitfield and Dorith Rotenberg, knowing more about the molecular-level interplay among viruses, insect vectors and host plants could be key to developing better ways to protect farmers around the world from billions of dollars’ worth of crop loss. 

Oct 25, 2017

Our (Possible) Genetic Futures

The sciences of gene editing are full of both possibility and controversy. At CALS, ethics, engagement and public policy have become as much part of the gene editing conversation as Cas9 proteins and gene drives. 

Irrigating a tobacco field

Oct 25, 2017

Talking the (Plant) Talk

One day soon, tiny electronic sensors will translate the language of plants and send waves of data to growers, giving a heads-up at their crops’ first talk of trouble. Thanks to the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative, our cross-college partnership is leading the way. 

Oct 25, 2017

The Dean’s Round Table: Facing The Future

CALS Dean Richard Linton gathers a panel of experts on industry, public policy, food processing, farming and more to discuss and debate what may lie ahead for North Carolina and for CALS itself.