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Rodolphe Barrangou in the lab

May 2, 2021

What’s the Big Deal About CRISPR?

If you’ve had a bite of cheese, yogurt or another commercially produced dairy product, you’ve eaten a CRISPR-enhanced food. From better dairy foods to more resilient crops to new treatments for genetic diseases, this Nobel-winning technology holds promise. 

A sesame plant with a field in the background

Apr 20, 2021

Sesame Research is on a Roll in NC

A tasty little seed holds great promise for North Carolina grain growers if it holds up to the hype. 

Apr 7, 2021

Can Soil Carbon Fast Forward The Transition To Organic Farming?

One of the biggest barriers to organic farming is the transition period lag in soil health metrics. A group of NC State researchers is investigating if soil carbon can fast forward the soil health benefits of organic farming. 

Man in a research lab

Apr 5, 2021

Faculty Focus: Joe Sagues

A new CALS faculty member sets out to curb climate change and mentor young scientists to do the same. 

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. 

Photo of rice grains.

Mar 12, 2021

Farm-Level Study Shows Rising Temperatures Hurt Rice Yields

Long-term study in the Philippines tracks the effects of warming temperatures on yields of a staple crop – rice. 

Student working in chemistry lab.

Mar 12, 2021

NC State Shows Top Gains in Federal Research Expenditures

University priorities have powered NC State’s research funding growth over the past decade. 

sign that says beer

Mar 9, 2021

A How-To Manual on the Science of Making Good Beer

If you’re teaching a course on brewing beer, and you can’t find the book you want, you write it yourself. 

Lin Walker looking through a microscope in a lab

Mar 8, 2021

Lin Walker Brings Applied Research Passion to CALS, Poultry Extension

Food safety is an important, ongoing concern for poultry producers and consumers. PDPS is happy to announce Lin Walker as our new Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist focusing on applied microbiology. 

Man leaning against a fence post, with grain bins in the background.

Feb 9, 2021

PSI Profile: Chris Reberg-Horton, Platform Director for Resilient Agricultural Systems

The North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative's platform director for resilient agricultural systems shares thoughts on the position, the initiative, agriculture and NC State.