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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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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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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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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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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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New Book Encourages Readers to “Know Soil Know Life”

New Book Encourages Readers to “Know Soil Know Life” | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Published by the Soil Science Society of America and targeted to high school students, "Know Soil Know Life" challenges readers to see soil not as inert "dirt" but as living material that carries out critical functions for people and the environment.
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CALS soil scientist, Dr. David Lindbo, co-edited the book, which includes a lengthy chapter on careers in soils.

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Illustration Course Brings Art to Science

Illustration Course Brings Art to Science | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Jennifer Landin’s popular biological illustration course teaches students with no prior art experience how to produce stunning and exceptionally detailed art.
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Dr. Landin explains how biological illustration enhances research.

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Buildings Have Biology Too | The Daily Scan | GenomeWeb

Buildings Have Biology Too | The Daily Scan | GenomeWeb | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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"Applications are being accepted for a working group called the Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment, according to Your Wild Life, an ecological website hosted by North Carolina State University."

 

The Your Wild Life team leader is ecologist Dr. Rob Dunn. Here's his call to practitioners & professionals:

"The Basics: We need your help. We are organizing the first working group aimed at understanding the evolutionary biology of the built environment—our bedrooms, our houses, our backyards and our cities. This working group will occur June 10 – 14, 2013, in Durham, North Carolina. We are now inviting applications for participants in the working group."

 

Interested in participating? Visit

http://www.yourwildlife.org/2013/01/evolutionary-biology-of-the-built-environment-working-group-call-for-participants/

 

Dr. Dunn also blogs at Scientific American -- here's one of his latest posts:

http://www.robrdunn.com/2013/01/11-ways-to-avoid-answering-a-question-a-year-in-review/

 

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What If God Were a Maggot? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

What If God Were a Maggot? | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
“Brother of the blowfly… no one gets to heaven without going through you first.” –Yusef Komunyakaa

Sixteen years ago, my wife and I, along with our friend ...
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Biologist, Dr. Rob Dunn, blogs in Scientific American on the role of natural recyclers, such as blowflies and scarabs, in ecology and recycling in nature.

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Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Farmers

Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Farmers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
New research suggests that vermicompost, a worm-created soil additive, helps plants grow with more vigor, and makes them more resistant to disease and insects, than those grown with other types of composts and fertilizers.
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Rhonda Sherman, vermicomposting specialist in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University, comments in this article on the special properties of worm-generated compost and the suitability of certain types of vermicompost for certain plants.

 

Ms. Sherman also runs the only annual training vermicomposting in the world. The next Vermicomposting Conference is in Fall 2013.

http://www.bae.ncsu.edu/people/professionals/sherman/

 

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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 the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, reflects on a year's worth of blogs in Scientific American.

 

Dr. Dunn runs the project, The Wildlife of Your Body

http://www.yourwildlife.org/

 

 

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The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Drawing on Real Life

The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Drawing on Real Life | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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"This is a guest post by Jennifer Landin, a teaching assistant professor of biology at NC State who teaches a course on biological illustration. Check out why she thinks biological illustration is valuable – and some of the art created in her classroom.


"Those of you in North Carolina can see for yourselves. The North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island will display student illustrations from January 7-April 3, 2013. And the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will show compilation pieces of student work from April 30 to June 3, 2013.

 

"Some examples of the students’ work can be seen below. More information about the course - and another online gallery - can be found here."




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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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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.

Read more here:

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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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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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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Find biodiversity in your backyard

Find biodiversity in your backyard | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Holly Menninger is director of public science for Your Wild Life, based at N.C. State University.
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She blogs at http://www.YourWildLife.org on the biodiversity inside people, on people, and wherever they live. Your Wild Life comes from the team of biologist & blogger, Dr. Rob Dunn.

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Dual attack on white grubs promising in Carolina sweet potatoes | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press

Dual attack on white grubs promising in Carolina sweet potatoes | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The white grub is causing serious damage to sweet potatoes in South Carolina and a small section of North Carolina
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Dr. Mark Abney, entomologist in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, and grad student Amber Arrington are resesarching the combination of entomopathogens and neonicotinoid pesticides to control plectris white grubs, which damage the sweet potatoes so severely that they are unmarketable, even for processing.

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Ag Forum will offer economic and policy outlook Jan. 31

Ag Forum will offer economic and policy outlook Jan. 31 | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The forum will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Holshouser Building. Dr. Nick Piggott, an agricultural economist at N.C. State Univers ...
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The keynote speaker, Dr. Nick Piggott, is a faculty member in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University.

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NC State News :: NC State News and Information » ‘Gold Standard’ Cotton Genome Sequenced

NC State News :: NC State News and Information » ‘Gold Standard’ Cotton Genome Sequenced | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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"An international consortium with representatives from most of the world’s major cotton-producing countries, led by Regents Professor Andrew Paterson of the University of Georgia and including Candace Haigler, a North Carolina State University professor of crop science and plant biology, has described the first ‘gold-standard’ genome sequence for cotton. Published today in Nature, this is the culmination of a more than 20-year effort in the analysis of cotton genes, chromosomes and their evolution."

 

Read the paper in Nature here:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v492/n7429/full/nature11798.html\

 

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Mother Nature’s steroids

Mother Nature’s steroids | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

It turns out Mom was right – greens really are good for us.

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A team from Rutgers and the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC, made the discovery.

 

Dr. Debora Esposito, a Rutgers/NCSU postdoctoral associate hosted at the NCSU PHHI and Dr. lavko Komarnytsky, metabolic biologist and assistant professor there, with Rutgers researcher found evidence that steroids produced by certain plants can increase lean body mass, muscle fiber populations, and even endurance of muscles.


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/01/06/3768076/mother-natures-steroids.html#storylink=cpy
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Walden receives Order of Long Leaf Pine award | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Walden receives Order of Long Leaf Pine award | 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
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"It is difficult to imagine a more deserving recipient of North Carolina’s Order of the Long Leaf Pine award than Dr. Mike Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of agricultural and resource economics and N.C. Cooperative Extension economist.

 

"The award, which is given by the North Carolina governor (in this case outgoing Gov. Bev Perdue) recognizes a proven record of service to the state, including contributions to the community, exemplary career efforts and many years of service to the recipient’s organization."

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