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Learn about the three key research areas we’re focusing on as we improve the world through plant science innovation.
The challenges facing agriculture are complex and multifaceted. Solving them requires bold curiosity to ask critical questions from a different perspective and courage to break down academic and research barriers and engage experts across disciplines in the pursuit of innovation.
What does this innovation look like? Increasing yields, creating new varieties, extending growing seasons, enhancing agricultural and environmental sustainability, and producing new and improved technology. What is the goal? Preparing farms to keep pace with a fast-moving future to help ensure a healthier, well-fed world.
We focus our bold, interdisciplinary research on three key areas.
Improving Crop Resilience
NC State plant science researcher Amy Grunden is leading a new $30 million Collaborative Crop Resistance Program. The goal of this interdisciplinary research effort is to help make crops more resilient against environmental stresses while reducing the need for chemical treatments and irrigation.
90+ Crop Varieties in N.C.
We’re helping the state’s already-booming agriculture industry expand to produce even more.
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Sep 23, 2020
NC State Team Finds Solution for Sweetpotato Problem
An NC State team led by Jonathan Schultheis has determined a new curing process that greatly reduces internal necrosis in Covington sweetpotatoes. This will save N.C. sweetpotato producers millions of dollars in crop loss.
Sep 9, 2020
Faculty Focus: Nelson to Help USDA Guide Agricultural Innovation
Natalie Nelson, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering was selected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to serve as one of the 11 subject matter experts for the USDA’s Agriculture Innovation Agenda.