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

Tradition meets innovation in CALS scientist’s tomato breeding efforts | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agricultu... | Insects, Pest & Beneficial | Scoop.it

News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University

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CALS Research, NCSU's curator insight, February 8, 2013 2:29 PM

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

 

Some of our releases:

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

 

 

 

 

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NCSU Research Explains How Vermicompost-Amended Soils Ward Off Crop Pests / Press Releases / News and Media / Southern SARE - SARE

NCSU Research Explains How Vermicompost-Amended Soils Ward Off Crop Pests / Press Releases / News and Media / Southern SARE - SARE | Insects, Pest & Beneficial | Scoop.it
Grants and outreach to advance sustainable innovations to the whole of American agriculture.
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CALS Research, NCSU's curator insight, January 29, 2013 4:54 PM

Dr. Yasmin Cardoza and grad student, Amos Little, studied how compost helps plants resist insect pests such as corn earworm, cabbage worm, green peach aphid and cabbage aphid. The research was funded by the Southern SARE program.

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Biotech has made India net exporter of cotton, says expert - NY Daily News

Biotech has made India net exporter of cotton, says expert - NY Daily News | Insects, Pest & Beneficial | Scoop.it
Bangalore, Feb 4 — Biotechnology has made India a net exporter of BT Cotton from being an importer, with production nearly doubling to 510 kg per hectare from 225 kg over a decade ago, an industry player said Monday.
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The GMO cotton expresses the entomopathogenic toxin from Bacillus thuringiensis, which makes the crop resistant to certain insect pests. Read more about the lively biotech industry in India.

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