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Rolling field planted with Christmas trees

Dec 23, 2019

Oh, Christmas Tree

NC State Extension, the College of Natural Resources and the state agriculture department work together to literally seed the future of North Carolina’s Christmas tree farms. 

Brandon Huber, showing off his 151-pound watermelon at the NC State Fair.

Oct 23, 2019

A Different Kind of Gardening: Ph.D. Student Brandon Huber

Brandon Huber, a Ph.D. student in Horticultural Sciences grows large plants competitively and will placing his plants in the upcoming NC State Fair horticulture competition. 

Man standing in rows of plants with glossy purple foliage.

Sep 27, 2019

Rutgers Gardens’ Hamilton Award Goes to Dennis Werner

NC State University plant breeder Dennis Werner is on a roll: In August, he won both judges' and people's awards at a large annual garden show in Oregon, and in late September, he picked up Rutgers Gardens' prestigious 2019 Hamilton Award. 

Scientist in a greenhouse with soybeans in a greenhouse

Aug 5, 2019

Routing Drought

USDA-ARS plant breeder and geneticist at NC State helps soybean farmers overcome drought as they push for higher yields. 

man squatting in strawberry research plot, holding a large strawberry

May 1, 2019

Ready for New Strawberry Choices? Meet ‘Liz’ And ‘Rocco’

NC State’s strawberry breeding team is developing new varieties suited for our state’s climate and growing conditions. One is named for CALS alumnus and long-time research specialist Rocco Schiavone. 

Man standing by pink hydrangea bush

Mar 19, 2019

NC State Plant Breeder Wins Prestigious Scott Medal

Tom Ranney and his colleagues in Mills River have developed more than 50 ornamental cultivars – trees, shrubs and flowers that have been a boon for gardeners and for North Carolina’s green industry. 

Two scientists in a laboratory

Feb 12, 2019

Fueling the Future: Elephant Grass as Potential Biofuel Material (And More)

A common perennial grass may hold uncommon promise for research, agriculture and industry – and it may even fuel the future. A team of NC State scientists are exploring the potential of miscanthus. 

Scientist surrounded by plants in a greenhouse

Sep 25, 2018

Faculty Focus: The Peanut Scientist

Award-winning CALS plant scientist Tom Stalker is known as one of the world's leading peanut scientists. The breeding lines he's developed are used around the world and right here in North Carolina. 

Marilyn and Charles Stuber, seated at a table, signing agreement

Mar 26, 2018

Breeding Success

Charles and Marilyn Stuber create new distinguished professorship in plant breeding to make a top college program even better. 

Tom Ranney outside with pink and white hydrangeas.

Aug 29, 2017

Faculty Focus: Tom Ranney

Over the years, Tom Ranney and his team have introduced nearly 30 new nursery, landscape and bioenergy crops. Among them: large, bold ornamental grasses that won’t spread where they aren’t wanted, hydrangeas with flowers in bright shades of pink, and compact, evergreen dogwoods.