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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 Hurricane Sandy whipped through the Mid-Atlantic in October, the superstorm not only damaged hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced thousands of residents and shut down Wall Street, it swept right through the middle of an NC State research project collecting data on insects in New York City. Researchers will return to the storm-ravaged region next month to continue their work.

 

"The project got off to a smooth start last summer when ecologists Amy Savage and Elsa Youngsteadt, researchers in the Departments of Entomology and Biology, deposited sticky card traps, data loggers and other measuring devices in trees throughout New York City parks. This was part of Youngsteadt’s research on how urban warming impacts arthropods (such as scale insects, leaf hoppers and caterpillars.) Savage was studying the ecology of Manhattan’s ants."

 

Note: Both researchers are members of the team of Your Wild Life, a fascinating, rich group of studies, including Citizen Science, from the lab of Rob R. Dunn in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU.

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"When Hurricane Sandy whipped through the Mid-Atlantic in October, the superstorm not only damaged hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced thousands of residents and shut down Wall Street, it swept right through the middle of an NC State research project collecting data on insects in New York City. Researchers will return to the storm-ravaged region next month to continue their work.

 

"The project got off to a smooth start last summer when ecologists Amy Savage and Elsa Youngsteadt, researchers in the Departments of Entomology and Biology, deposited sticky card traps, data loggers and other measuring devices in trees throughout New York City parks. This was part of Youngsteadt’s research on how urban warming impacts arthropods (such as scale insects, leaf hoppers and caterpillars.) Savage was studying the ecology of Manhattan’s ants."

 

Note: Both researchers are members of the team of Your Wild Life, a fascinating, rich group of studies, including Citizen Science, from the lab of Rob R. Dunn in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU.

You can see their profiles here:

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

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RALEIGH: N.C. State researchers say roach grooming could lead to new pest controls | Health | NewsObserver.com

RALEIGH: N.C. State researchers say roach grooming could lead to new pest controls | Health | NewsObserver.com | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A paper published by researchers at N.C. State University found cockroach grooming habits may help developers of insecticide products find better ways of controlling pests.
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Dr. Coby Schal, entomologist in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences coauthored the study with authors were Dale Batchelor of NCSU’s Analytical Instrumentation Facility & Marianna Zhukovskaya, Russian Academy of Sciences.

 

Read the paper in PNAS, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, here:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1212466110.abstract

 


Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/02/04/2656341/nc-state-researchers-say-roach.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy
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NC State News and Information » Grooming Helps Insects Keep Their Senses Sharpened

NC State News and Information » Grooming Helps Insects Keep Their Senses Sharpened | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Like a self-absorbed teenager, insects spend a lot of time grooming.

 

In a study that delves into the mechanisms behind this common function, North Carolina State University researchers show that insect grooming – specifically, antennal cleaning – removes both environmental pollutants and chemicals produced by the insects themselves.

 

The findings, published online this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that grooming helps insects maintain acute olfactory senses that are responsible for a host of functions, including finding food, sensing danger and even locating a suitable mate.

 

The findings could also explain why certain types of insecticides work more effectively than others, leading to new pesticides.

 

Read the paper in PNAS here:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1212466110.abstract

 

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ScienceShot: How an Aphid Is Like a Cat - ScienceNOW

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BAE-designed stormwater wetland earns national construction award | News from the College of Agriculture and Lif...

BAE-designed stormwater wetland earns national construction award | News from the College of Agriculture and Lif... | 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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A large-scale water quality project in New Bern, designed NC State’s Dept. of Biological & Agriculture Engineering (BAE), received national recognition for its construction. Cape Fear Precast LLC of Jacksonville was awarded second place for a local project in the National Precast Concrete Association’s Creative Use of Precast (CUP) Awards in January.

 

The Jack Smith Creek Stormwater Project, one of the largest stormwater retrofits in NC, was designed by Cooperative Extension’s BAE Stormwater Group in CALS and involved the construction of a stormwater wetland to capture and treat runoff from a large watershed in New Bern. The innovative project can capture and treat the runoff from more than 1,000 acres of residential and commercial property.

 

Jack Smith Creek Stormwater Project website:

https://sites.google.com/site/bassstormwater/home/jack-smith-creek

 

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NC State News and Information » Grooming Helps Insects Keep Their Senses Sharpened

NC State News and Information » Grooming Helps Insects Keep Their Senses Sharpened | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

Like a self-absorbed teenager, insects spend a lot of time grooming.

 

In a study that delves into the mechanisms behind this common function, North Carolina State University researchers show that insect grooming – specifically, antennal cleaning – removes both environmental pollutants and chemicals produced by the insects themselves.

 

The findings, published online this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, show that grooming helps insects maintain acute olfactory senses that are responsible for a host of functions, including finding food, sensing danger and even locating a suitable mate.

 

The findings could also explain why certain types of insecticides work more effectively than others, leading to new pesticides.

 

Read the paper in PNAS here:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/01/29/1212466110.abstract

 

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Rob Dunn – 11 Ways to Avoid Answering a Question: A Year in Review

Rob Dunn – 11 Ways to Avoid Answering a Question: A Year in Review | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Biologist, Dr. Rob Dunn, of Your Wild Life fame, reflects on a year's worth of blogging for Scientific American. Always enlightening & entertaining.

 

Learn more about the Your Wild Life project here:

http://www.yourwildlife.org/

 

 

 

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Backyard Farming Gets Fancy

Backyard Farming Gets Fancy | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Williams-Sonoma, Fifth Season Gardening, Terrain Cater to Modern Homesteaders Who Demand Only the Best Equipment
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$1200 Chicken coops and more ... retailers target the upscale urban trend with high-end equipment.

 

Video:

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Slide show

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324329204578271980099505570.html?mod=#slide/1

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China: Government to boost seed industry

China: Government to boost seed industry | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
China has vowed to boost its seed industry over the next decade to ensure grain stocks grow, amid fears that limited arable land and water may become constraints for agricultural production.

Via CIMMYT, Int.
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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 | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Grants and outreach to advance sustainable innovations to the whole of American agriculture.
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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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Two New Hessian Fly Management Tools Now Available

Two New Hessian Fly Management Tools Now Available | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

I am very excited about the publication of “Biology and Management of Hessian Fly in the Southeast”, as well as a new video produced by the North Carolina Small Grain Growers Associatio...

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The video draws on the research of wheat breeder, Dr. Paul Murphy, small grains specialist, Dr. Randy Weisz and entomologist, Dr. Dominic Reisig to demonstrate how to control this insect pest of wheat in the southeast. The video is produced through a collaboration of the NC Small Grain Growers Association and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University.

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N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella

N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella | 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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Dr. Hosni Hassan & Dr. Matt Koci lead the USDA-NIFA funded effort to fight food poisoning caused by Salmonella.

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Two CALS faculty involved in award-winning crop protection efforts

Two CALS faculty involved in award-winning crop protection efforts | 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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Dr. Jim Dunphy & Dr. Matt Koenning were honored by USDA-NIFA for their research to protect soybean from Asian soybean rust. The Southern Region Integrated Pest Management Center, which is located at NC State University, organized what it called the Soybean Rust PIPE. PIPE stands for Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education....

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‘From crops to cows to cream’: Milking center dedication highlights N.C. State’s innovative approach to dairy science and education

‘From crops to cows to cream’: Milking center dedication highlights N.C. State’s innovative approach to dairy science and education | 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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"A new N.C. State University milking center was cause for celebration for North Carolina’s dairy industry Friday Nov. 9. More than 100 people came out to view the new building designed to enhance the university’s teaching, research and extension programs in both food and animal sciences.

 

"The center includes milking stalls where about 150 cows are milked twice a day, producing 1,000 gallons a day of milk that’s trucked to Schaub Hall and used in Howling Cow ice cream and other dairy products.

 

"The center’s dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory’s Dairy Educational Unit mark an important milestone in the development of a vertically integrated dairy enterprise system that encompasses not just the dairy farm unit but also the Schaub Hall Dairy Pilot Plant."

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"A new N.C. State University milking center was cause for celebration for North Carolina’s dairy industry Friday Nov. 9. More than 100 people came out to view the new building designed to enhance the university’s teaching, research and extension programs in both food and animal sciences.

 

The center includes milking stalls where about 150 cows are milked twice a day, producing 1,000 gallons a day of milk that’s trucked to Schaub Hall and used in Howling Cow ice cream and other dairy products.

 

The center’s dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Lake Wheeler Road Field Laboratory’s Dairy Educational Unit mark an important milestone in the development of a vertically integrated dairy enterprise system that encompasses not just the dairy farm unit but also the Schaub Hall Dairy Pilot Plant."

 

 

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Parasitic fly spotted in honeybees, causes workers to abandon colonies : Not Exactly Rocket Science

Parasitic fly spotted in honeybees, causes workers to abandon colonies : Not Exactly Rocket Science | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Andrew Core of San Francisco State Univ. has discovered another possible contributor to honeybee Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD), which threatens crop pollination and food security: a tiny parasitic fly, Apocephalus borealis, which oviposits in the bee's abdomen where the eggs hatch and the larvae eventually kill the host bee. The parasitic fly usually attacks bumblebees; but Dr. Core has found it also reproduces in honeybees, causing them to become confused and wander from the hive at abnormal times, such during the night.

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Scientists See Insect Outbreaks From Space

Scientists See Insect Outbreaks From Space | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A new tool uses satellite imagery to help researchers track small disturbances such as bug infestations, which may increase in scope as climate changes
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Watch the stunning video of a LandTrendr visualization of the Pacific Northwest and see the colors change as the mountain pine beetle infestation encroaches on the healthy forest.

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Visiting Poznan as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow | Biochem Blogs

Visiting Poznan as a Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellow | Biochem Blogs | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Summary of research into RNA structure function at Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry Polish Academy of Sciences from a Fulbright Scholar
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Dr. Hanna Gracz, Molecular & Structural Biochemistry, part of the College of AGriculture & Life Sciences at NCSU, begins her blog from her posting at the Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, in Poland.

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NCSU's Dunphy, Koenning Involved In Award Winning Crop Protection

NCSU's Dunphy, Koenning Involved In Award Winning Crop Protection | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
These two NCSU CALS professors have striven to have an impact on the ASR threat.
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Crop scientist, Dr. Jim Dunphy & plant pathologist, Dr. Steve Koenning, have for years partnered to combat Asian Soybean Rust, which in some countries caused 80% crop loss. They helped develop an Integrated Pest Management system for the disease, the Soybean Rust PIPE, which can be found here:

http://sbr.ipmpipe.org/cgi-bin/sbr/public.cgi

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Taylor Awarded Leopold Fellowship

Taylor Awarded Leopold Fellowship | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Laura Taylor is one of just 20 environmental researchers in North America to receive the prestigious Leopold Leadership Fellowship for 2013.
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Dr. Laura Taylor' research focuses on policy evaluation and valuation of natural resources & the environment.

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http://bulletin.ncsu.edu/2013/01/fellow/

 

Leopold Leadership Program

http://leopoldleadership.stanford.edu/

 

Center for Environmental & Resource Policy at NCSU

http://www.ncsu.edu/cenrep/

 

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What is “Sustainability in Agriculture: An Executive Course” at NC State?: Unique course

What is “Sustainability in Agriculture: An Executive Course” at NC State?: Unique course | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Agricultural sustainability is one of the key challenges for societies throughout the world.
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Faculty from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Poole College of Management at NC State have developed a unique Executive Course focused on agricultural sustainability. This science-based, 2-day course is the first in the U.S. that integrates science, economics, and business management. It informs corporate executives on the current factors driving changes in resource availability, environmental regulation, and climate change that are impacting North American & global agriculture.

 

The course also discusses successful business models emerging as corporations explore appropriate paths for a sustainable future. The initial series of courses is being presented to managers and executives of major agricultural corporations.  The purpose is to help prepare leaders in the private sector for the challenging times ahead.

 

To contact the CALS Office of Sustainability Programs to discuss designing an executive short course for your organization, please contact:

 

Dr. Danesha Seth Carley
Coordinator for CALS Sustainability Programs.
201 Patterson Hall Campus Box 7643
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695

Phone: 919-515-2717
Email: danesha_carley@ncsu.edu

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Chasing down germplasm information (with tweets) · agrobiodiverse

How Twitter can help (@Seeds4Needs @IItta There's interest from Ghana too http://t.co/rnb4T93n)

Via Luigi Guarino
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Solving molecular mysteries | CALS News Center Solving molecular mysteries

Solving molecular mysteries | CALS News Center Solving molecular mysteries | 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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Researchers, Dr. Linda Hanley-Bowdoin and Tanzanian, Dr. Joseph Ndunguru, study satellite DNA to find ways to control Cassava mosaic virus.

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Innovative uses of nanotechnology in food and agriculture explored

Innovative uses of nanotechnology in food and agriculture explored | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Examples of current projects in development are presented in a Special Research Section published in Industrial Biotechnology.
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Plants for Human Health Institute - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Coordinates: 35°30′05″N 80°37′26″W / 35.501486°N 80.6240119°W / 35.501486; -80.6240119

The Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) is a North Carolina State University research and education organization located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA. The institute is devoted to research involving food crops, like fruits and vegetables, and the potential health-promoting properties they convey when consumed.

PHHI is part of the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which staffs the institute with faculty from the departments of horticultural science; food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences; plant biology; genetics; and agricultural and resource economics.[1] The institute has both research and Cooperative Extension components. Dr. Mary Ann Lila, a world-renowned blueberry researcher,[2] is director of the Plants for Human Health Institute.[3]

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Among the crops studied are blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, and strawberries.

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WNC biofuels project receives $766,256 grant | Mountain Xpress | Asheville, NC

WNC biofuels project receives $766,256 grant | Mountain Xpress | Asheville, NC | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Press release from AdvantageWest January 16, 2012 – Officials with AdvantageWest and the Biofuels Center of North Carolina announced today that a consortium of Western North Carolina partners will receive a grant of $766,256 from the Biofuels...
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Among the consortium partners the Mountain Research Station, NC Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and the NC State University Mountain Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center. The College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University has research projects at both locations.

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