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Cultivar descriptions, releases, licensing; yield; pest/stress resistance, local adaptation. Traditional/molecular methods; transgenics
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Farm Frenemies

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For farmers, insects can be supportive guests or destructive guests. Recent research from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences shows why bees thrive or die and offer insights into the spread of a pair of invasive bugs.
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A March 2013 paper Dr. David Tarpy co-authored with colleagues from the University of Maryland, Pennsylvania State University and USDA identified “idiopathic brood disease syndrome” (IBDS), a little-known illness, as a major cause of bee colony death.

In a separate paper, Tarpy and fellow researchers found that genetic diversity is a key to survival for bee colonies. Colonies whose queen had more than seven mates were nearly three times more likely to survive a 10-month growing season.

 

Read more | http://tinyurl.com/n2oxeqn

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Werner honored with Burbank Award | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Werner honored with Burbank Award | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | Crop Improvement & Plant Breeding Research | Scoop.it
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CALS Research, NCSU's curator insight, July 3, 2013 1:09 PM

Dr. Dennis Werner, JC Raulston Distinguished Professor of Horticultural Science, has won the American Horticultural Society’s Luther Burbank Award. Given in odd years, the award recognizes extraordinary achievement in plant breeding. It is named for legendary plant breeder Luther Burbank & is one of the society’s Great American Gardener awards. (Dr. Werner is pictured with the weeping redbud, Ruby Falls, he developed. |  http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/news-center/media-releases/werner-honored-with-burbank-award/

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Value of modified corn is more in reducing losses than boosting yields

Value of modified corn is more in reducing losses than boosting yields | Crop Improvement & Plant Breeding Research | Scoop.it

By analyzing two decades worth of corn yield data from Wisconsin, a team of UW-Madison researchers has quantified the impact that various popular transgenes have on grain yield and production risk compared to conventional corn. Their analysis, published online in a Nature Biotechnologycorrespondence article on Feb. 7, confirms the general understanding that the major benefit of genetically modified (GM) corn doesn't come from increasing yields in average or good years, but from reducing losses during bad ones.


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Entomology student receives prestigious fellowship | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Entomology student receives prestigious fellowship | CALS News Center  | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Crop Improvement & Plant Breeding Research | Scoop.it
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Diane Silcox, a doctoral student in entomology, is one of three students nationally to receive a $5,000 post-graduate grant by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) as a winner of the Watson Fellowship Program.

 

Silcox is a student in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ turfgrass entomology program, where she is studying the hunting billbug, an insect that damages turfgrass.

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While the rest of us are tending tomatoes, poinsettia growers kick into high gear

While the rest of us are tending tomatoes, poinsettia growers kick into high gear | Crop Improvement & Plant Breeding Research | Scoop.it
Home gardeners might be surprised to learn that summer is a prime time for growing poinsettias.
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While the Rest of Us Are Tending Tomatoes, Poinsettia Growers Kick into High Gear | They'll be cultivating our holiday flowers across the next 120 days. Dr. John Dole, Horticulture Professor at NCSU, and one of the scientists running the poinsettia trials, comments on new cultivars and colors. Read more | http://tinyurl.com/m2lyvv4

 

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Increasing Lutein Levels in Broccoli to Fight Age-Related Eye Problems | Plants For Human Health Institute

Increasing Lutein Levels in Broccoli to Fight Age-Related Eye Problems | Plants For Human Health Institute | Crop Improvement & Plant Breeding Research | Scoop.it
Agricultural enterprise budgets, business management plans, fresh produce safety and market info to help farmers be more successful and profitable.
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CALS Research, NCSU's curator insight, April 9, 2013 10:39 AM

A new NCSU study at the Plants for Human Health Institute at the NC Research Campus focuses on enhanced levels of lutein in broccoli. Lutein, an antioxidant also found in leafy greens such as kale & spinach, is associated with lowered risk for cataracts & age-related macular degeneration. Dr. Allan Brown, Asst. Prof., Horticultural Science & the Plants for Human Health Institute, received a $1 55,525 grant from the NC Biotechnology Ctr. for broccoli research with matching funding from Monsanto.

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Benefits Of Bt Corn Go Beyond Rootworm Resistance

Benefits Of Bt Corn Go Beyond Rootworm Resistance | Crop Improvement & Plant Breeding Research | Scoop.it
Read Benefits Of Bt Corn Go Beyond Rootworm Resistance in addition to hundreds of recent farming and agriculture news articles. View up to date crop reports, livestock information and ag industry breaking news from farms.com.

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Tradition meets innovation in CALS scientist’s tomato breeding efforts | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agricultu...

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CALS Research, NCSU's curator insight, February 8, 2013 11:29 AM

Combining new tools, such as marker-assisted selection (MAS) with time-honored methods, Dr. Dilip Panthee carries on NCSU’s strong tradition in plant breeding, developing hardier, higher-yielding plants for NC's $30B/year tomato industry.

 

NCSU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) has the nation’s largest university plant breeding program; and Pantheeproudly follows in the footsteps of Dr. Randy Gardner, a retired breeder credited with developing the cultivars used on some 60-75% of the vine-ripe tomatoes grown in the Eastern US.

 

Working at the Mt. Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River, Panthee focuses on developing tomato breeding lines and cultivars with three traits: disease resistance, fruit quality and stress tolerance. That’s because, in a survey he conducted, these three traits were the ones NC  growers reported needing the most.

 

Read more about our tomato breeding program:

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/news-center/?p=21430

 

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/tomato/

 

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/achievement/tomato_breeding.htm

 

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http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/tomato/publications.html