Insect Allies: How the Enemies of Corn May Someday Save It
A new technology could make it possible to save a growing crop from imminent widespread disaster – whether drought, pest or disease. And it doesn’t come in a sprayer.
Scientists Unravel Mysteries of DNA Replication in Corn
For the first time, scientists have characterized the DNA replication timing process for an entire plant genome.
Expanding Tropical Forest Spells Disaster for Conservation
An NC State University study shows that fire suppression efforts in Brazilian savannas turn many of those areas into forest lands, with negative consequences for the plants and animals that live there.
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.
Notes From Tanzania: A Farmer’s Story from the Field
In her fourth "Notes from Tanzania," grad student Catherine Doyle explains how surveys are helping scientists and farmers battle two important diseases affecting cassava.
CALS, Premex Build Synergistic Relationship
An NC State partnership with international animal nutrition company extends beyond workforce development to research sponsorship and philanthropy.
Tackling Cassava Mosaic Disease: One Week in Tanzania
NC State Ph.D. student Catherine Doyle had seen infected cassava in a lab, but a trip to Tanzania allowed her to connect that work to what's happening in the field. Read more in this second in a series of posts on her journey to help defeat cassava mosaic disease.
Faculty Focus: Jean Ristaino Wins Fulbright Award
Jean Ristaino’s passion for ensuring food security for a fast-growing world population has taken her around the world to help other scientists and students gain skills in identifying and tracking new and re-emerging plant diseases. Her next stop: Italy.
‘On Your Mark, Get Set’: Neutrons Run Enzyme’s Reactivity for Better Biofuel Production
Researchers from NC State and Oak Ridge National Laboratory have used a combination of X-ray and neutron crystallography to determine the detailed atomic structure of a specialized fungal enzyme. Their findings could lead to improved computational models that will further guide industrial applications for cleaner forms of energy.
Studying a Disease in Order to Prevent Starvation
CALS student Catherine Doyle is preparing to spend several weeks in Tanzania, doing field work related to a research effort aimed at tackling a disease that threatens the livelihood of people through sub-Saharan Africa. Read more from NC State's Abstract.