Croatia: Wine, Wheat & More | Oct. 1
Join CALS PhD candidates Aaron Fox & Suzanne O'Connell for a Seminar
They'll discuss their experiences working with the University of Zagreb & collaboration opportunities for research there.
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Through dynamic research, education and outreach programs, North Carolina Sea Grant links university researchers to the people, businesses and governments that manage, use and enjoy coastal and marine resources.
"Ecologist Susan N. White, currently director of the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, S.C., will be the new executive director for North Carolina Sea Grant and the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina upon the retirement of Michael P. Voiland in December.
"Susan brings a strong science background, as well as leadership working with a mix of partners and stakeholders," notes Vice Chancellor Terri L. Lomax of North Carolina State University, where the two state/federal partnership programs are headquartered.
"She will be a great leader for Sea Grant and WRRI programs here that have strong traditions of assisting and guiding communities, businesses, organizations and the public," Lomax adds. Sea Grant focuses on the ecosystems and economies of the coastal region, while WRRI supports research and training related to freshwater topics statewide."
NC Sea Grant web site
Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI), of the University of North Carolina System, at NC State web site
Growers in North Carolina have begun to notice that wheat tends to be taller and to produce larger heads in response to sub-soil slits from previous crops, but whether the practice is really improving yields has been up for debate.
The research of Extension Crop Science Associate, Georgia Love's, tested vertical tillage -- systems which confine soil disturbance to soil movement chiefly upward and/or confined to the region for planting the next rows.
In Love's tests on $6/bushel wheat, the method added $15 per acre profit.
Other results and equipment types are discussed.
Dr. Ben Chapman, food safety specialist, is part of a team which recently published research suggesting how to make food safety audits more useful and understandable for food buyers, food service providers, and others in the food supply chain. The researchers also discuss third-party food safety auditors and their role in keeping the food supply safe.
Read the paper in Food Control here:
William Neal Reynolds Professor of Entomology, Dr. R. Michael Roe, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the Entomological Society of America.
A Professor in the Department of Entomology and the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Roe "is internationally recognized for his research in insect and acarine physiology, biochemistry, genomics and toxicology, and the use of fundamental research in chemistry, nuclear science, and biology to solve practical problems and develop new commercial technologies."
"The election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration. The following Fellows will be recognized during Entomology 2012 -- ESA's 60th Annual Meeting -- which will be held November 11-14, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee."
The Chancellor’s Innovation Fund is used for the development and advancement of ideas and discoveries at NC State.
Food scientists & food safety specialist, Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus, is among the winners of the Channelor's Innovation Fund competition for 2012.
Her multidisciplinary team is currently researching foodborne noroviruses, funded by the largest food safety grant USDA has ever awarded -- $25 million.
They hope to improve understanding of the pathogen, develop better diagnostic tools, and improve prevention of norovirus infection and the human health risk it poses, among other goals.
You can read more here:
"Dr. Tzung-Fu Hsieh specializes in systems biology, a relatively new research field which studies interactions between the components of biological systems, and how those relationships affect system functions and behaviors. His area of focus is known as epigenetics, which seeks to understand changes in gene behaviors which are caused by factors other than mutations in DNA.
Epigenetics plays an important role in plant development.
For example, Hsieh studies the development of endosperms, the placenta-like tissue inside the seeds of most flowering plants, that nourish the embryo. Endosperm plays a critical role in human nutrition and health, accounting for more than 75 percent of the world’s food supply, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). That’s because cereal crops like corn, rice and wheat – some of the most widely produced crops in the world – are harvested for their grains, which are mostly endosperm."
See full press release on the PHHI web site for more details on their newest researcher.
Dr. Dennis Werner's plant breeding accomplishments were recognized at the international Plantarium plant show in the Netherlands.
The show attracted 320 exhibitors and more than 17,000 visitors. A buddleia Dr. Werner developed, called Lilac Chip, won the Color My World Award. The award is based on a vote by show attendees and that Lilac Chip was judged the best at the show in the last 10 years.
In addition, a weeping redbud he developed, called Ruby Falls, won a silver medal, while another buddleia, called Ice Chip in the US & White Chip in Europe, won a bronze medal.
Like many of his recent releases, these plants are dwarfs, smaller than plants typically available, which can literally take over a small garden.
More of Dr. Werner's creations are discussed in the article.
Based on last year’s success and the ongoing high prices for soybeans for double-cropping, North Carolina growers are expected to plant another record crop of wheat this fall.
Weed specialist & researcher, Wes Everman, will be the primary speaker.
The Small Flock Field Day, which focuses on small scale egg production in range setting, will be held Sept. 19, 2012, at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CDFS), Cherry Research Farm, Goldsboro, NC.
Everyone is welcome. Join us!
The program is here:
"New research led by researchers at North Carolina State University shows that exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) early in life results in high levels of anxiety by causing significant gene expression changes in a specific region of the brain called the amygdala. The researchers also found that a soy-rich diet can mitigate these effects.
“We knew that BPA could cause anxiety in a variety of species, and wanted to begin to understand why and how that happens,” says Dr. Heather Patisaul, Associate Professor of Biology at NC State and lead author of a paper describing the work. BPA is a chemical used in a wide variety of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, and is used in consumer products such as some food containers."
The Department of Environmental & Molecular Toxicology announces a seminar:
Predicting Toxicity Pathways with the Comparative Toxicogenomics Database
presented by Dr. Carolyn Mattingly, CALS Department of Biology. NCSU
Tuesday, Sept. 11, 4:00 pm
Auditorium Room, Room 2104