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2022 NCARS Impact Report

The North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS) represents the research efforts of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State. It encompasses 12 academic departments and 18 research stations located throughout the state of North Carolina. We thank you for your continued interest in and support of our work.


Total CALS grant & contract dollars in FY22

Top Grants of FY22

181 projects

funded by commodity groups in FY22

Early Career Development Award

David Rasmussen
Entomology and Plant Pathology

Early Career Research Award

Rubén Rellán-Álvarez
Molecular and Structural Biochemistry

Early Career Development Award

Natalie Nelson
Biological and Agricultural Engineering


Peer-reviewed research publications in FY22

Top Research Stories of 2022

25 new CALS faculty

hired in 2022 (as of December 2, 2022)

2021 AAAS Fellows

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is the world’s largest scientific society and publisher of the journal Science. Three CALS faculty were awarded among 564 fellows for their “scientifically and socially distinguished achievements.”

12 USDA-FAS Borlaug Fellows

hosted by NC State in 2022, the most of any university this year.


Patents filed in FY22


Patents issued in FY22


Intellectual Property (IP) disclosures in FY22

2022 National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) Inductee

Sylvia Blankenship, NC State Emerita Professor, 1983-2018

Sylvia Blankenship and fellow NIHF inductee Edward Sisler identified 1-methylcyclopropene (1-MCP), a compound that blocks ethylene perception in plant cells. The patented product is used on more than 30 crops, including 50 to 70% of the apples harvested in the United States. Licensing fees for 1-MCP have brought in more than $25 million for NC State, the highest royalty revenues in the university’s history.

6 CALS Ph.D. Students Received FFAR Fellowships

6 of the 28 Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) Fellowships were awarded to CALS doctoral students this year. The FFAR Fellowship is a unique three-year professional development training and mentorship program for doctoral students studying food and agriculture sciences.

  • Connor Balfany, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Science
  • Vinicius Castelli Garnica, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
  • Heeduk Oh, Department of Horticultural Science
  • Kevin Orta, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
  • Mariana Prieto Torres, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology
  • Destiny Tyson, Department of Crop and Soil Sciences