Seeding North Carolina’s future
CALS and its partners strive to make North Carolina the world’s leader in plant sciences innovation.
The Economy Boosters
How do we grow our No. 1 economic engine – agriculture – in North Carolina and boost the state’s agricultural economy to $100 billion? And what is the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ ongoing role in making this happen?
Connect NC Bond will invest in North Carolina agriculture
NC State University Chancellor Randy Woodson welcomed Gov. Pat McCrory and Commissioner of Agriculture Steve Troxler to Centennial Campus today (Oct. 21) for the governor’s signing of the Connect NC Bond Package, which includes a state-of-the-art facility for CALS' Plant Sciences Initiative.
Study finds key molecular mechanism regulating plant translational activity
In a paper published in Cell, CALS researchers Jose Alonso and Anna Stepanova show how plants handle – at the molecular level – the release of ethylene, an important gaseous stress hormone that, among other functions, regulates plant growth and stimulates the fruit ripening process. The findings could pave the way to new techniques to engineer plants to produce better crops or to turn off certain genes.
New NC State consortium to study microbes at the root-soil interface
As North Carolina State University advances in its quest to make the Research Triangle a global hub for plant-related innovation, it recently launched a unique consortium to explore the soil microbiome -- the largely unknown world of microscopic organisms living in soil along plant roots.
Agricultural-focused startups are blossoming in the Triangle (News & Observer)
North Carolina, and the Triangle in particular, has quietly blossomed into a hotbed of startups that are applying cutting-edge technology to agriculture, according to a recent article in the Raleigh News & Observer.
Study: More evidence shows Irish potato famine-causing pathogen originated in South America
Research from North Carolina State University provides further evidence that the pathogen that caused the Irish potato famine in the 1840s likely originated in the Andes region of South America.
Scientists savor sweet potatoes
Dr. Mary Ann Lila hopes research she recently conducted will inspire consumers to maximize sweet potatoes’ health benefits year-round. She found that these vegetables’ functional ingredients can be incorporated into many different snack foods, baby foods, military rations and more.
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.
Grad addresses farm-to-fork challenges at PepsiCo
A mentor once told Gabe Gusmini, “You and I have the same problem: We see something broken, we’ve got to fix it.” And fix things, Gusmini does. A plant breeder by training, the CALS alumnus is a PepsiCo junior executive and research-and-development director.