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N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative

Scientists and administrators sitting around a table and talking.

Nov 8, 2017

NC State Strengthens Partnership With Industries Both Near and Far

A two-day workshop brought together representatives from NC State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Belgian research institute VIB and RTP agricultural and life sciences organizations. Participants discussed transcending scientific disciplines and focusing on collaboration. 

Rendering of NC Plant Sciences Facility

Oct 11, 2017

NC Plant Sciences Initiative Task Force Proceedings

Four task forces have been hard at work planning for the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative. Check out the NC PSI Task Force Proceedings for details on the working groups' findings and a summary of recommendations. 

NC PSI Launch Director Stephen Briggs

Aug 7, 2017

Leader Chosen, Plant Sciences Initiative Poised to Problem-Solve

With this week’s announcement of Stephen Briggs as launch director, the NC Plant Sciences Initiative is about to get rolling — in a big way. 

Farmer with laptop looks at farming equipment

May 9, 2017

Big Data Yields Plant Sciences Innovation

Computer scientists, data analytics experts and information technology professionals will play a role in the success of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative. A recent workshop focused on how to improve the collection, analysis and applicability of agriculture’s big data. 

Drawing of greenhouse interior

May 8, 2017

Plant Sciences Initiative Task Forces Report Recommendations

Task forces charged with mapping a vision for the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative came together May 1 at NC State University’s McKimmon Center to discuss and share recommendations, learn about next steps and celebrate progress. 

Aug 11, 2016

Our Shining Future

A new $45 million grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation makes the Plant Sciences Initiative at NC State a reality — and positions North Carolina as a global leader for education, research and innovation in the plant sciences. 

Mar 22, 2016

Farm Bureau gift to enhance plant sciences

With strong grassroots support, an initiative aimed at making North Carolina the global hub for plant sciences innovation got a big boost when the North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation pledged $500,000 to start the Seeds of Success Fund. 

Mar 16, 2016

North Carolina invests in world-class plant science research

Voters approve an infrastructure bond package that includes NC State University’s plant sciences research complex. 

Mar 1, 2016

Growing agriculture; growing North Carolina

Greater profits, higher yields and a brighter future for North Carolina’s young people: These are among the returns that stakeholders see when it comes to NC State University’s Plant Sciences Initiative. A building for the initiative is one aspect of the March 15 statewide Connect NC bond referendum. Find out more in this video. 

Zachary Jones in corn field talking with another man.

Feb 26, 2016

Block that pollen

Research at North Carolina State University has identified “pollen blockers” in corn that can prevent organic corn from being pollinated by genetically modified (GM) plants. The findings could aid more rapid and efficient production of organic corn with reduced risk of contamination from genetically engineered traits.