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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 | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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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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The Urban Heat Island Could Be Attracting Bugs

The Urban Heat Island Could Be Attracting Bugs | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The hotter neighborhoods of Raleigh are awash in scale insects, an ominous indicator of how bug populations might swell in a globally warmer world.
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Some insects like it hot! CALS entomologist, Emily Meineke finds that scale insect pests thrive in the warmth of urban heat islands. Read more: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/neighborhoods/2013/03/urban-heat-islands-are-making-cities-lousy-insects/5118/

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Taylor Named ACE Fellow

Taylor Named ACE Fellow | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Laura Taylor, professor of agricultural and resource economics, has been selected as one of 50 American Council on Education Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year.
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Dr. Taylor directs the Center for Environmental & Resource Economic Policy, which provides leadership in economics research & outreach programs to develop forward-thinking environmental policy in NC. Her research focuses on policy evaluation & valuation of natural resources & environment.

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Student Perspectives: Kristen Glosson | CALS News Center Student Perspectives: Kristen Glosson | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Student Perspectives: Kristen Glosson | CALS News Center Student Perspectives: Kristen Glosson | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State
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MS student Kristen Glosson, who volunteers at the CALS Lake Wheeler dairy, is creating new options for dairy farmers through her research on cattle nutrition. The project focuses increasing nutrient density of pasteurized whole milk by supplementing a pasteurized milk balancer product to promote animal health and development in early life.

 

Kristen explains her passion for research in this video interview:

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/news-center/perspectives/student-perspectives-kristen-glosson/

 

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Biotech Center awards $2.9M in loans, grants across NC :: Editor's Blog at WRAL Tech Wire

Biotech Center awards $2.9M in loans, grants across NC :: Editor's Blog at WRAL Tech Wire | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Dr. Allan Brown, of the Plants for Human Health Institute, part of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, received $95,525 to evaluate the potential to increase lutein in commercial broccoli. The project could yield a superior product for Monsanto which can be offered to consumers to reduce onset & progression of degenerative eye diseases such as cataracts & age-related macular degeneration.

 

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North Carolina, Tennessee scientists teaming up to improve organic produce safety | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina, Tennessee scientists teaming up to improve organic produce safety | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A group of scientists at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and North Carolina State University are working together to improve the safety of organic produce — naturally.
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Scientists at the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will work with UT researchers to develop a wash to reduce foodborne illness caused by E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria.

 

CALS project partners include Jonathan Baros, farm & agribusiness management, PHHI; Jeanine Davis, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, organic crops; MaryAnne Drake, Professor, sensory analysis & flavor chemistry; Diane Ducharme, GAPs Program Coordinator & Extension Associate, horticulture & food safety, PHHI; & Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Professor & postharvest physiologist, PHHI.

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Agbiosciences drive economic growth, job creation in the Southern U.S. | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agricultu...

Agbiosciences drive economic growth, job creation in the Southern U.S. | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agricultu... | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Amid news of a still sputtering U.S. economic recovery, a report released today shows the nation’s agbioscience industries are growing, especially in the South. According to a Battelle study released today, “Impact and Innovation:  Agbioscience in the Southern United States,” agriculture, forestry and fisheries production generates $240 billion in regional economic activity within the Southern region and supports over 2.2 million jobs with labor income totaling $62 billion.

 

The report emphasizes the critical role of the public land-grant university research and extension effort in this economic growth and job creation.

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USDA | Office of the Chief Economist | Climate Change | Effects | Climate Change and Agriculture Report

USDA | Office of the Chief Economist | Climate Change | Effects | Climate Change and Agriculture Report | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Climate Change and Agriculture in the US: Effects and Adaptation is the title of the new USDA report -- the first the agency has ever issued.

Fitzgerald Booker, Kent Burkey, Shuijin Hu, faculty in the College of AGriculture & Life Sciences at NC State, are among the distinguished contributing authors.

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Listening, Learning, Leading | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC State University

Listening, Learning, Leading | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC State University | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Listening, Learning, Leading: New CALS Dean Richard Linton has hit the ground running, touring NC to talk with stakeholders to learn more about agriculture in the state, understand stakeholder needs & concerns, and fuel the College's strategic plan.

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Comb Your Antennae (Science Magazine: May Require Subscription)

Comb Your Antennae (Science Magazine: May Require Subscription) | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Dr. Coby Schal and postdoctoral researchers, Dr. Katalin Boroczky and Dr. Ayako Wada-Katsuma ask why cockroaches groom and find that the fastidious behavior sharpens their senses. The discovery may have implications for pest control.

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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... | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

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

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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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Video: Cleanliness Is Next to Cockroaches - ScienceNOW

Video: Cleanliness Is Next to Cockroaches - ScienceNOW | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Video: Cleanliness Is Next to Cockroaches - ScienceNOW
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Video: Cleanliness is next to cockroaches (Science NOW on YouTube) Research team from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NCSU and Russia finds that fastidious insect grooming enhances sensory performance. Watch the delicate operation to learn more | http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2013/02/video-cleanliness-is-next-to-coc.html|
| paper in PNAS | http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1212466110

 

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Researchers Regroup Post Sandy

Researchers Regroup Post Sandy | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Researchers return to New York City next month to continue their study of insect populations in urban areas in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
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"When Sandy whipped through the Mid-Atlantic, also swept through an NCSU research project collecting data on NYC insects. Researchers return to the storm-ravaged region shortly. Ecologists Amy Savage & Elsa Youngsteadt placed sticky card traps, data loggers & other measuring devices in NYC park trees. Youngsteadt was studying how urban warming affects arthropods (scale insects, leaf hoppers, caterpillars). Savage was studying the ecology of Manhattan’s ants."

 

Both researchers are members of the team of Your Wild Life, from the lab of Dr. Rob R. Dunn in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NCSU. You'll find their profiles here:

http://www.yourwildlife.org/about-us/

 

Read the story at:

http://bulletin.ncsu.edu/2013/02/insects/

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Butterflies and Bombs | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Butterflies and Bombs | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The St. Francis’ Satyr is small, brown, and fabulously rare. Once found across North Carolinian sedge meadows, the federally endangered butterfly is now restricted to a ...
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Laura Jane Martin blogs in @SciAm about Nick Haddad's Fort Bragg research on the very rare, endangered sedge butterfly, St. Francis' Satyr. Read more about Dr. Haddad's interesting forays into military territory in search of the elusive beauty: http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2013/03/26/butterflies-and-bombs/?WT_mc_id=SA_CAT_ENGYSUS_20130328

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NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Researchers Devise Hidden Dune Filters To Treat Coastal Stormwater Runoff

NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Researchers Devise Hidden Dune Filters To Treat Coastal Stormwater Runoff | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Rain means untreated stormwater can sweep pollutants into coastal waters, potentially endangering public health. NC State University researchers have developed low-cost filtration systems concealed beneath sand dunes to filter out most of the bacteria that can lead to beach closures. Read more: http://news.ncsu.edu/releases/wms-burchell-dune-filters/

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Peletier NCSU student gets international attention

Peletier NCSU student gets international attention | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Tyler Sowers  hails from the small town of Peletier, but that hasn’t stopped him from making big news on an international level.
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Tyler is a junior iin CALS, majoring in Plant & Soil Science. His research on using polyacrylamide (PAM) to flocculate soil particles which makes them fall out of solutio in water may be used to reduce sediment, the primary pollutant of our streams and rivers. He has developed a method to measure how much turbidity, and PAM, is in the water, with regulatory uses.

Read more here:

http://www.carolinacoastonline.com/tideland_news/featureshttp://tinyurl.com/dyr39hyhttp://tinyurl.com/dyr39hy

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Arbovax's Dengue vaccine is now ready for clinical trials :: Editor's Blog at WRAL Tech Wire

Arbovax's Dengue vaccine is now ready for clinical trials :: Editor's Blog at WRAL Tech Wire | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The Raleigh company, a spinout from North Carolina State University, announced it has validated its vaccine technology in animal tests and will now move on to phase I clinical trials of its Dengue vaccine candidate.
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Arborvax uses technology developed by College of Agriculture & Life Sciences researchers Dr. Rachel Hernandez and Dr. Dennis Brown, whose research focuses on how the virus enters a cell.

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Introduction Video | Plants For Human Health Institute

Introduction Video | Plants For Human Health Institute | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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At the Plants for Human Health Institute, PHHI, of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU, scientists are solving grand challenges in agriculture, nutrition & human health. Groundbreaking, transdisciplinary discovery & outreach will pioneer a dramatic shift in the way Americans view & use food crops, not merely for nutrients & calories, but as a powerful resource for components that protect & enhance health.

 

Integrated research in biochemistry, breeding, epigenetics, metabolomics, pharmacogenomics, postharvest attributes and systems biology will lead to the development of mainstream fruits, vegetables and natural products containing bioactives with enhanced health benefits. The resuls will allow consumers to make proactive, responsible dietary choices that benefit their own, and their family’s, health.

 

This 10-minute video provides an overview of our work.

http://plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/about/introduction-video/

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N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and L...

N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and L... | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Dr. Hosni Hassan, NC State University Prof. of Microbiology, & Dr. Matt Koci, Assoc. Prof. of Poultry Science, lead the charge on a new 5-year, $ 2.5M grant from USDA-NIFA to stamp out salmonella. They will try to develop new ways to prevent poultry from getting colonized by salmonella, so that poultry products the consumer comes in contact with are less likely to be capable of causing foodborne illness.

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Transforming the Future celebrated at CALS annual Donor Recognition | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and...

Transforming the Future celebrated at CALS annual Donor Recognition | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and... | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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A snowy weekend did not daunt the more than 400 guests who attended the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ annual Donor Recognition event, Feb. 17. Among the hundreds assembled at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center for the occasion were CALS donors, scholarship and professorship recipients, faculty, alumni and students, along with university administrators. This year’s event highlighted the impacts donor-endowed scholarships, fellowships and professorships have made, while celebrating how donors, alumni, retirees and friends help the College transform the future.

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Purdue recognizes Brandenburg as Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus | CALS News Center Purdue recognizes Brandenburg as Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus | News from the College of Agriculture and L...

Purdue recognizes Brandenburg as Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus | CALS News Center Purdue recognizes Brandenburg as Distinguished Agriculture Alumnus | News from the College of Agriculture and L... | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Dr. Rick Brandenburg, William Neal Reynolds Professor of Distinction in the Department of Entomology, will be recognized March 1 as one of eight Distinguished Agriculture Alumni Award winners at Purdue University. Brandenburg earned a bachelor’s degree in entomology from Purdue in 1977. The award honors mid-career alumni who have a record of outstanding accomplishments, have made significant contributions to their profession or society and have exhibited high potential for professional growth.

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Not Your Average Statistician

Not Your Average Statistician | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Media coverage of the big data revolution has lots of people talking about statistics. Leading the discussion is NC State's Marie Davidian, who speaks softly but reaches a big audience.
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NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Researchers Find Asian Needle Ants Displacing Other Aggressive Invaders

NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Researchers Find Asian Needle Ants Displacing Other Aggressive Invaders | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Photo of Asian needle ant stinging a termite courtesy of Benoit Guenard.

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CALS researchers find that one of the most aggressive invasive ant species in the US, the Argentine ant, appears to have met its match in the Asian needle ant. Former NC State PhD student Dr. Eleanor Spicer Rice & Dr. Jules Silverman, Entomology, published their findings in PLoS One:

 

http://scienceblog.com/59643/asian-needle-ants-displacing-other-aggressive-invaders/ ;

 

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0056281

 

 

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Listening, Learning, Leading | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Listening, Learning, Leading | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

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

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Listening, Learning, Leading, new #CALS Dean, Dr. Richard Linton, hits the ground running to learn about the College, #NCSU and NC.

 

The Dean has been traversing the state to meet alumni, stakeholders and partners since he arrived a few months ago.

 

“You’ve got to listen & learn before you can lead," he says; "and I think leadership is about providing opportunities, providing opportunities for faculty and staff and students on campus and providing opportunities for us to grow as a state in agriculture and life sciences. And that’s what I think my job should be all about.”

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Aaron Fox and Suzanne O'Connell: Exploring Partnerships Abroad

N.C. State University Ph.D. students Suzanne O'Connell and Aaron Fox immersed themselves in Croatian agriculture, cuisine and culture as they spent a month e...
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NCSU Ph.D. students Suzanne O'Connell & Aaron Fox immersed themselves in Croatian agriculture, cuisine and culture, spending month exploring study abroad options with the University of Zagreb's Faculty of Agriculture. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences has a long history of agricultural partnership with Croatia, whose agricultural history is rich with crops such as olives, grapes, herbs, and more.

video | http://tinyurl.com/a59our2 | story | http://tinyurl.com/ao5hd42

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