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Plant Sciences Initiative

Nov 30, 2020

Partner Profile: North Carolina SweetPotato Commission

The commission is specifically interested in identifying new varieties of sweetpotatoes that are resistant to pests and disease, easier to harvest and require less infrastructure for curing, all while protecting taste and quality standards. 

A bunch of sweetpotatoes

May 27, 2020

Big Data for Better Sweetpotatoes

An interdisciplinary team led by Cranos Williams is setting out on a three-year project to use artificial intelligence to make sweetpotatoes even more profitable. The team will image hundreds of thousands of sweetpotatoes to increase the percentage of sweetpotatoes grown that are USDA grade 1. 

Owen Wagner (far left) and other foundational supporters for the Plant Sciences Initiative during the Plant Sciences Building groundbreaking on September 6, 2019.

May 13, 2020

Partner Profile: North Carolina Soybean Producers Association

The North Carolina Soybean Producers Association was one of the first commodity groups to pledge their support for the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative (N.C. PSI). Owen Wanger, CEO of the association, shares why it supports the N.C. PSI. 

Men on a motorized harvest aid in a strawberry field

May 9, 2019

From ‘Liz’ and ‘Rocco’ to The Glean Machine: Strawberry Science at NC State

Research and Extension programs at NC State make a difference for growers – and consumers – of fresh market strawberries. 

Four stakeholders, pounding stakes into the ground with rubber mallets

Nov 8, 2017

Stakeholders, University Celebrate Plant Sciences Partnership

Agricultural leaders planted their stakes, literally, in the ground on NC State’s Centennial Campus, as they marked the commitments they've made to the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative. 

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.