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The Season For Poinsettias —

The Season For Poinsettias — | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
North Carolina produces 4.4-million poinsettias a year and they're not all red.

 

Cortez Burgundy, Bravo Bright Red, Ruby Frost, Jubilee White, Pink Cadillac are just a few of the inventively named colors. 

 

NC State has been is the site of the annual National Poinsettia Trial for more than 20 years.

 

So NPR's Leoneda Inge visited with Dr. John Dole at the CALS Horticulture Field Lab greenhouses, filled with the varieties surveyed for this year's annual evaluation.

 

Dr. Dole explains why North Carolina's multi-million dollar poinsettia industry is famous all over the world.

 

 

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Championing the Sweet Potato :: North Carolina State University Bulletin

Championing the Sweet Potato :: North Carolina State University Bulletin | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Thanksgiving is busy for Bobby Vick. While completing his Ph.D. in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE), he frequently visits Vick Family Farms, his uncle’s homestead in Wilson, N.C. That’s where the NC State student branch of the American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers (ASABE) buys the Covington sweet potatoes that are then sold for $10 per box during its annual sweet potato sale. On Monday, Vick transported 2,000 pounds back to Weaver Laboratories to accommodate around 200 orders."

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CALS research, which enabled producing sweet potatoes year-round, and developed innovative food processing methods, enabling new products, help make the project possible and contribute to the strength of the industry in North Carolina.

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Wayne and Judy Skaggs create endowment for water resources and hydrology research | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU

Wayne and Judy Skaggs create endowment for water resources and hydrology research | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Dr. R. Wayne Skaggs, a National Academy of Engineering member and retiring William Neal Reynolds and Distinguished University Professor of biological and agricultural engineering, with his wife, Judy, has created an endowment to support the continued research in his field of water, soil and plant systems management. The Wayne and Judy Skaggs Endowment for Water Resources and the Hydrology of Poorly Drained Lands was created Nov. 9 at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center. The endowment was signed as part of festivities in commemoration of Skaggs’ career. ..."

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Day one on the dean’s tour: Mills River | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Day one on the dean’s tour: Mills River | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"New CALS Dean Richard Linton is on the road, getting to know North Carolina and how the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is making a difference every day in the lives of the state’s people.

 

Day One: Mills River and the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center. The center, near Asheville, serves as a hub for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the western part of North Carolina.

 

More than 40 faculty and staff members conduct applied research and empower western North Carolina’s people through extension education programs related to agriculture, the environment, family and community.

 

The center is known for its innovative work related to tomato breeding, fish farming, herbs and organics, Christmas trees — and much more.


ITINERARY: A hops yard, sturgeon four to five feet long, energy crops considerably higher than an elephant’s eye – these were just a few of the things new College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Rich Linton encountered during a day at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. ..."

 

The Mountain Horticul;tural Crops Research & Extension Center, iMills River, web site

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

 

 

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City of Raleigh honors JC Raulston Arboretum | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

City of Raleigh honors JC Raulston Arboretum | CALS News Center  | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"The JC Raulston Arboretum at N.C. State University has been recognized for its outstanding appearance by the City of Raleigh. The arboretum received a 2012 Sir Walter Raleigh Award in the category of Maintained Outstanding Appearance. Awards in this category are for projects that are more than five years old and have consistently maintained a high quality appearance contributing to Raleigh’s image. ...

"The JC Raulston Arboretum, part of N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is home to the most diverse plant collection in the Southeast. “Getting the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance was a big honor for us,” said Dr. Ted Bilderback, JCRA director."

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John Dole named Horticultural Science head | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

John Dole named Horticultural Science head | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Dole developed the only comprehensive research program on greenhouse & field-cut flowers in the US, with work ranging from new crop development to postharvest handling and marketing.

 

"He serves as executive advisor for the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers and is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on cut flowers.

 

"In addition, his research includes the physiology and handling of propagative plant materials & potted flowering plants, especially poinsettias."

 

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New blog from the JC Raulston Arboretum, CALS, NCSU

New blog from the JC Raulston Arboretum, CALS, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
(by Christopher Todd Glenn)...

 

Check out the new blog from the award-winning JC Raulston Arboretum, part of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University. Assistant Director & Curator of Collections, Mark Weathington, is writing about his collecting trip in China.

 

Follow his progress as he experiences hard beds, rain, wonderful hospitality, marvelous botany, and adventure in search of fabulous plants!

 

Don't forget to visit the Arb's web site here!

http://www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/index.php

 

Photo of osmanthus, which Mark writes about this week, courtesy JC Raulston Arboretum.

 

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Athletic field paint steals spotlight from the grass it covers

Athletic field paint steals spotlight from the grass it covers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Casey Reynolds, Grady Miller & Tom Rufty found that turfgrass components can affect grass photosynthesis and health. Research may lead to paints which are safer for the plants.

 

Read the new paper in Crop Science:

http://dx.doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2012.01.0059

 

 

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Fruit, vegetable growers set for big Carolina expo | Southeast Farm Press

Fruit, vegetable growers set for big Carolina expo |  Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A crowd of 600-700 fruit and vegetable growers from the Carolinas will gather on Nov. 26-28 for the 27th annual Carolina Vegetable and Fruit Expo.

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Day five on the Dean’s tour: Kannapolis, Charlotte and Winston-Salem | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Day five on the Dean’s tour: Kannapolis, Charlotte and Winston-Salem | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

“You have to see it to believe it.”

 

"So said new College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean Richard Linton on the fifth leg of his statewide tour, of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

 

“I’ve seen photos online and even watched a video tour, but they don’t do this place justice,” Linton said. “It’s just incredible.”

 

Dean Linton visited the David H. Murdock Research Institute (the DHMRI) and the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University, as well as industry research labs housed at the site.

 

Read more at the link above.

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Chinese horticulture trade team visits Western N.C. :: NCDA&CS News Release

Chinese horticulture trade team visits Western N.C. :: NCDA&CS News Release | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS plant breeder and horticulturist, Dr. Tom Ranney, was "invaluable" in helping the trade delegation select plants for suitable purchase.

 

photo: 'Venus' sweetshrub, developed by Dr. Raney. (c) Copyright Dr. Tom Ranney.

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Pollenizer research should help seedless watermelon farmers

Pollenizer research should help seedless watermelon farmers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Research on flower production and disease resistance in watermelon varieties should help bolster seedless watermelon harvests for farmers.

 

Dr. Chris Gunter discusses his research with Purdue partners, on how to select the best pollenizer melons for breeding, and the critical role of Fusarium disease resistance.

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Agriculture Brings Science & Math Alive in NC | Plants For Human Health Institute (PHHI), NCSU

Agriculture Brings Science & Math Alive in NC | Plants For Human Health Institute (PHHI), NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The innovative project of strawberry breeder, Dr. Jeremy Pattison, & the PHHI team brings high school agriculture teachers and their students into the field for giving hands-on experience in cultivation, laboratory experiments, and statistical analysis of the field data, making STEM much more appealing and real-world to students.

 

The PHHI staff hope the project will become a national model for teaching agriculture in a way which shows students the relevance of science, technology and mathematics to everyday life, including berries!

 

Video is about 10 minutes long.

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Breeders break loose with new blackberry, table grape varieties | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press

Breeders break loose with new blackberry, table grape varieties | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

NCSU plant breeders, Dr. Gina Fernandez & Dr. Jim Ballington have released a new blackberry, called Von. And Nantahalla, a NCSU raspberry released in 2009 (photo above) is also coming to market now.

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Turf War :: North Carolina State University Bulletin

Turf War :: North Carolina State University Bulletin | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS researhcers Casey Reynolds, Grady Miller & Tom Rufty find that turfgrass components can affect grass photosynthesis and health. Research may lead to paints which are safer for the plants.

 Read the new paper in Crop Science:
http://dx.doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2012.01.0059

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NCSU CALS Plant Biology Seminar Aug 28, 2012

NCSU CALS Plant Biology Seminar Aug 28, 2012 | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. Yongjian Qiu, Department of Biology, Duke University, will speak on Aug. 28 at 4pm.

 

Topic: The function of calreticulin in plant immunity: New discoveries for an old protein


Host: Dr. Deyu Xie

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