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The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Needle Ant Invasion Spreads Coast to Coast

The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Needle Ant Invasion Spreads Coast to Coast | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

A crusade to invade that began in North Carolina has spread to the Midwest, Pacific Northwest and even to an island packed with concrete and glass – Manhattan.

So go the travels of the Asian needle ant, an invasive species native to Japan.

Asian needle ants may live under a rock or tree limb near you. Help repel their insidious invasion by joining the School of Ants project at:

http://schoolofants.org/


Citizen scientists connected with the School of Ants project – which asks amateur scientists to find and report on what’s crawling near their homes and schools – are unearthing Asian needle ants far away from the Carolinas.

Asian needle ants don’t play well with native ants, says Dr. Rob Dunn, an Associate Professor of Biology [in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences] at NC State, and founder of the School of Ants project. ...

 

 

 

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Drought spurs demand for mountain vegetables | BlueRidgeNow.com

Drought spurs demand for mountain vegetables | BlueRidgeNow.com | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
HORSE SHOE — Carolyn Edmundson doesn't get much sleep these days. In fact, her bedtime usually is limited to anywhere from 90 minutes to three hours between mid-June and the end of October.

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Don’t Waste the Drought

Don’t Waste the Drought | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The drought represents an opportunity to reimagine how we manage, use and even think about water.
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NC Research Campus adds post-doctoral fellowship - Charlotte Business Journal

NC Research Campus adds post-doctoral fellowship - Charlotte Business Journal | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS' Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the NC Research Campus, and the Dole Nutrition Research Lab are partnering on post-doctoral fellowship.

 

New Post-doc, Dr. Scot Neff, will research fruit & vegetable phytochemicals for production of healthy, protein-rich foods. His current research subjects include walnut & banana.

 

In addition to the story linked at the title, you can see a video, here:

http://plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/2012/08/03/phhi-postdoc-jump-starts-campus-collaboration/

 

PHHI web site:

http://plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/

 

 

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CALS Student Perspectives | Justin Hills | Traveling to Ghana to address health disparities

CALS Student Perspectives | Justin Hills | Traveling to Ghana to address health disparities | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Justin Hills, a rising junior, was drawn to science communication and public health while working in the lab of CALS Biologist, Dr. Rob Dunn (YourWildlife.org, @RobRDunn), Hoping to address racial and ethnic health disparities after graduation, Justin's preparation includes a summer Minority Health International Research Training Program in Ghana, where he conducted liver cancer research at a teaching hospital.

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New and better ways | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

New and better ways | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

In a milestone year, Bob Patterson reflects on the differences made by the land-grants through ag education -- yesterday, today & tomorrow, as the research, extension & teaching programs of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences continue to address the problems that keep "farmers awake at night"...

 

 

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A Philosophical Approach | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

A Philosophical Approach | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Deanna Osmond carries on the Extension traditions of improving lives and using science to help people make informed decisions.

 

Dr. Deanna Osmond, professor of soil science and department Extension leader, observes, “Oftentimes, in the environmental world I work in, different factions have different opinions; so it’s really nice to be able provide credible information to help them make informed decisions.”

 

"Research also is a big part of Osmond’s environmental work and, to her, research and extension are one and the same. “I see the research and extension missions being indistinguishable,” she said.

 

“If I don’t have credible research to extend, then I don’t have an Extension program."

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The Smith Initiative for NC Research Stations & Laboratories

Retiring CALS Associate Dean & Director of the NC Agricultural Research Service, Dr. David Smith, has made the lead gift to The Smith Initiative for NC Research Stations & Laboratories.

 

The new fund CALS support will be announced, and donors, recognized, at the upcoming reception on August 23.

 

Additional information about the fund and a pledge form appear at the link above.

 

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State agencies create new wetlands in New Bern

State agencies create new wetlands in New Bern | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Kris Bass, Biological & Agricultural Engineering, designs the project to construct new wetland in New Bern, North Carolina.

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The world of water | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

The world of water | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"The Future of Water in a Green World": NC Green Industry Council symposium

CALS faculty Tom Rufty, Mike Hoover, Garry Grabow, & Barbara Fair spoke on sustainability, water, and landscapes.

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First-Ever National Survey on Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Shows Mixed Support | NC State News

First-Ever National Survey on Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Shows Mixed Support | NC State News | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Entomologist, Fred Gould & NCSU team conduct public opinion survey

First-ever National Survey on Genetically Engineered Mosquitoes Shows Mixed Support (NCSU News)

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2012 Tomato & Vegetable Field Day Invitation, Aug. 16, 2012

The 2012 Tomato & Vegetable Field Day will be held August 16, 2012 at the  Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station, Mills River, NC.

 

The Field Day will feature new research from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, to help growers & producers produce a better crop.

 

The link will take you to the Field Day postcard, with additional information & a map.

 

Field Days are open to anyone! Join us!

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N.C. State University Opens Greenhouse Complex by N.C. Research Campus | Plants For Human Health Institute

N.C. State University Opens Greenhouse Complex by N.C. Research Campus | Plants For Human Health Institute | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

New greenhouses grow research potential at PHHI
New greenhouses for the Plants for Human Health Institute, part of the NCSU's College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) in Kannapolis, NC, create about 10,000 square feet of additional space for plant trials and foster relationships with business and campus partners which can rent space for research.

 

Breeders Alan Brown & Jeremy Pattison are using the greenhouses to breed and grow, respectively, broccoli & strawberry for improved health, horticultural, and culinary traits.

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N.C. State’s ‘Pack ‘N Cool’ provides farmers with mobile refrigeration solution | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU

N.C. State’s ‘Pack ‘N Cool’ provides farmers with mobile refrigeration solution | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

KANNAPOLIS, NC – "N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) has developed a new mobile cooling unit for farmers. The five-by-eight-feet refrigerated trailer – called the “Pack ‘N Cool” – is designed to keep fruits and vegetables at ideal temperatures during transport to and from farmers markets or as they’re harvested in farm fields. The Pack ‘N Cool is the program’s latest postharvest quality and food safety project geared toward helping farmers.

Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, professor and postharvest physiologist with PHHI, coordinated the effort to develop a mobile refrigeration unit that agricultural producers can use as a model for building their own versions. The Pack ‘N Cool unit combines the mobility of a cargo trailer with the refrigeration capabilities of a commercial cooler."

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Ethanol Quota Debated by Corn Farmers & Meat Industry

Ethanol Quota Debated by Corn Farmers & Meat Industry | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The corn farming, meat production and biofuel industries are sparring over the Agriculture Department’s ethanol quota as a drought ravages corn crops.
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Agriculture Degrees Rising: No longer just plows & cows, but robotics, software, biology, GPS

Agriculture Degrees Rising: No longer just plows & cows, but robotics, software, biology, GPS | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"No matter how tight the economy or how scarce the jobs there will always be work in the agriculture industry.  Don't let the summer's drought fool you- ag is a booming business.   ..."

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CALS Student Perspectives | David Higgins | Fellowship-winner focuses on flower development

CALS Student Perspectives | David Higgins | Fellowship-winner focuses on flower development | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS grad, David Higgins, earned his BA in genetics & plant biology, working with geneticist, Dr. Bob Franks. His focus is flowers: How can we make plants grow better?  What genes participate in flower development? How do plants make flowers, anyway? The honors student says his undergrad research experience showed him the skills he needs to achieve his career goal; and he enters a PhD program in Plant Biology in the fall.

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CALS Student Perspectives | Emily Meineke | Scaling up research on a tiny pest

CALS Student Perspectives | Emily Meineke | Scaling up research on a tiny pest | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

PhD student, Emily Meineke, scales up research on a tiny pest.

 

Ever noticed how it's often hotter uptown than down? On pavement vs. grass? Emily Meineke's entomology research on scale insects examines why the tiny pest is so more abundant in cities than in towns. She hypothesizes that because cities -- with more pavement and fewer trees -- create "heat islands," these local temperature rises encourage scale to thrive. Her research has important implications for understanding the potential effects of climate change.

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CALS Student Perspectives | Rachel Turner: Future vet conducts colic research & travels ...

CALS Student Perspectives | Rachel Turner: Future vet conducts colic research & travels ... | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Six CALS students -- Beneficiaries of the land-grant university education -- make their mark in academics, arts, research and more.

 

Future vet, Rachel Turner, conducts colic research & travels afar for animal care internships. "For as long as she can remember," she "has wanted to be a veterinarian." Along the way, she has been an international animal health intern in Sri Lanka, where she worked with elephants; and she has conducted resarch on equine colic -- a serious, sometimes fatal, digestive disorder of horses -- with Dr. Matthew Gerard,  who presented the findings at an international symosium last fall.

 

 

 

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Bestselling Author Stresses Social Media in Agriculture - Temple Grandin

Bestselling Author Stresses Social Media in Agriculture - Temple Grandin | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – “Getting people interested in agriculture and farming by using social media might seem like an unlikely route, but that's what animal advocate and best-selling author,  Dr. Temple Grandin…”

 

Check out the social media web sites of the NC Agricultural Research Service for news on our new research programs, grants, publications, field days, and other activities:

 

http://harvest.cals.ncsu.edu/ncars/
https://twitter.com/#!/CALSResearch
http://www.scoop.it/t/research-from-the-nc-agricultural-research-service

 

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CALS 2012 Soybean & Tillage Field Day, Sept. 5, 2012

Soybean & Tillage Field Day, Upper Piedmont Research Station, Reidsville, NC, Sept. 5, 2012

 

Please RSVP & Join us! Everyone is welcome to register, visit the station, and hear about new CALS research in soybean and tillage methods.

 

Highlights: Soybean production information; long-term tillage trials
including yield, soil compaction, controlled traffic; soil organic matter;
insect pest management; erosion measurements using ground-based
lidar; remote sensing technologies for soil and crop management.
3 hours CCA (2 SW, 0.5 PM, 0.5 CM), 0.5 hours pesticide credits available

 

See the link above for more information & a map.

 

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Is there a future for North Carolina hops farming?

Is there a future for North Carolina hops farming? | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS Extension Associate, Scott King, talks with the Research Triangle's Independent Weekly about variety trials designed to identify hops for NC's terroir.

 

Hops usually thrive in cooler, higher latitudes. But a burgeoning state beer industry -- composed of large (Sierra Nevada, New Belgium) and local craft breweries -- coupled with "Eat Local" trends -- means potential demand for a home-grown product.

 

Most breweries use pelletized hops, rather than the highly perishable fresh product, called "green hops," which must be used within hours of harvest. But even given the challenge of developing local pelletizing capacity, "North Carolina brewers, growers, researchers and beer drinkers agree that with the right hops variety and the right investments, hops could be a robust niche industry in this region and in the mountains, where there are fledgling hops farms."

 

There are over 58 craft breweries in North Carolina and more than 30 farmers across the state are now growing hops for this new industry.

 

CALS research on hops vareities for our climate could be a first step in growing a new local, viable, industry.

 

Read more about our hops trials here, at the site for our NC Hops Project -- varieties, photos, cultivation, researchers:

http://nchops.soil.ncsu.edu/

 

Story on July 2012 Hops Field Day:

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/news-center/extension-news/hop-field-day-draws-more-than-100/

 

View Jeanine Davis' presentation from the recent Hops Yard Tour here:

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

 

Find more links on the NC Specialty Crops page, here:

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/specialty_crops/

 

And another story about our research, here:

Hopping into a new crop: NC State scientists search for better ways to grow and market a beer ingredient

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/magazine/latest-news-spring-2010/hops.html

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Accessible to all | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Accessible to all | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. David Smith, NCARS Director & Associate Dean, & Dr. Johnny Wynne, retired Dean, reflect on the 125th Anniversity of NCSU and the 150th of the Morrill Act, which made publicly funded research, accessible education, and NCSU, possible.

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From the Morrill Act, research; from research, prosperity | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

From the Morrill Act, research; from research, prosperity | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

From the Morrill Act, research; from research, PROSPERITY

Dr. W. David Smith, retiring Assistant Dean & Director of the NC Agricultural Research Service (NCARS) the research arm of CALS, explains that the publicly funded research the

Morrill Act made possible forever changed farming:


It freed farmers from subsistence farming by improving crops & animals and their production methods, freeing time and energy for discoveries in other enterprises, generating national prosperity.

 

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Catching evolution in the act | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Catching evolution in the act | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Catching evolution in the act, Biologist Brian Langerhans explores predictability of evolution in Bahamian "blue holes," where Gambusia fish evolve different morphologies in response to the presence or absence of predators.

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