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Luke Gatiboni at the Tidewater Research Station

Sep 18, 2021

STEPping Up Phosphorus Research

NC State Soil Fertility Specialist Luke Gatiboni took over a longtime study that relied on traditional research technologies and methods. But as of last week, that work is set to get amplified at nearly every level. 

A portrait of Jacob Jones, Jacob Jones, director of the STEPS Center and professor of materials science and engineering at NC State

Sep 9, 2021

New NSF Center Will Advance Phosphorus Sustainability

A new interdisciplinary center will advance ambitious goals to reduce phosphorus dependence — with the support of a five-year, $25 million grant. 

Sep 8, 2021

Globally Recognized Agricultural Leader to Become First N.C. PSI Director

Adrian Percy, respected agricultural R&D leader, is set to become the first executive director of the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative. Percy says he was drawn to N.C. PSI for its strong potential to positively impact agriculture and society. 

Seedlings in trays, viewed from above

Aug 28, 2021

Partnerships Power Problem-Solving Research

Research partnerships involving the college and the private sector benefit not just agricultural and life sciences companies, but also NC State and the economy. 

Families take part in a pre-pandemic Plant Biology for Kids event.

Jun 16, 2021

Cultivating Curiosity and the Next Generation of Plant Scientists

Colleagues Terri Long and Anna Stepanova are part of a national push to highlight plants' contributions to our lives and the potential for rewarding careers in plant sciences. 

The new NC State Plant Sciences Building, scheduled for completion in early 2022.

May 28, 2021

Pushing the Energy Efficiency Envelope

The NC State Plant Sciences Building, North Carolina’s new hub for next-generation research in the plant sciences, is now a nationally recognized hub for energy efficiency. 

diagram of a solar-powered greenhouse

Mar 22, 2021

Study Finds Plants Would Grow Well in Solar Cell Greenhouses

You can definitely grow plants (and make electricity) in a greenhouse made of see-through solar panels. 

A man wearing a white hard hat at the construction site of the new N.C. PSI building.

Jan 18, 2021

PSI Profile: Geoff Bock, Interim Director of Operations

One of the first people tapped with turning the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative vision into a reality was CALS alumnus Geoff Bock. Hired in 2016 as the project manager, Bock now also serves as the interim director of operations. 

Man with drone flying over farm field

Dec 8, 2020

Initiatives to Make N.C. Agriculture a $100 Billion Powerhouse

Three major NC State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences initiatives aim to transform agriculture and agribusiness. 

silos in the background of a farm

Aug 24, 2020

For the Next Agricultural Revolution, Look to the Microbiome

A national task force led by scientists with NC State ties says the plant microbiome could be key to unlocking the agricultural revolution needed to feed a fast-growing world population.