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Visualize This: Inside a Dinosaur’s Brain | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Visualize This: Inside a Dinosaur’s Brain | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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"Want to know how well a dinosaur could see, hear and smell? Get inside its head! That’s what a group of researchers from the U.K. and U.S. did when they recreated the brain of a therizinosaur called Erlikosaurus andrewsi — a 10-foot-long feathered theropod that lived in what is now Mongolia during the Cretaceous period, about 90 million years ago.

 

Erlikosaurus is a member of the bird-like “predatory” dinosaur lineage that includes fearsome hunters like Velociraptor, but scientists believe that Erlikosaurus was a peaceful plant-eater. Did the change from predator to prey affect the brain of animals like Erlikosaurus? To test the hypothesis, a team of paleontologists decided to create 3-D models of an Erlikosaurus brain and inner ear and study the areas that corresponded to senses like sight, smell and hearing."

 

A paleontology team including Dr. Lindsay Zanno of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at North Carolina State University used high-resolution CT scanning and 3-D computer visualization examine how the dinosaur's brain fit inside the skull, and which regions of the brain were well-developed.

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Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment Working Group: Call for Participants

Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment Working Group: Call for Participants | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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The Citizen Science research team, The Wildlife of Your Body, seeks participants for a new project on the Evolutionary Biology of the Built Environment.

 

Says Dr. Dunn: "We’d like to convene a diverse group of scientists and practitioners at various stages in their careers, from graduate students and post-docs to senior scientists, representing an array of disciplines including the organismal -ologies (e.g. microbiology, entomology, etc.), engineering, architecture, anthropology, evolution, genetics, bioinformatics, art and design. We want to be inclusive of any field that you can convince us has something to bear on studying evolution in the built environment."

 

Apply here, soon!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dERTb2l5ZmlaVW95a0tUNUlkdTYyRmc6MQ

 

Sponsored by a partnership between the Sloan Foundation and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.


Project Leaders: Jonathan Eisen, Rob Dunn, Kerry Kinney and Craig McClain

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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
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.
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Read about the work of N.C. State Extension Associate Scott King, who is helping with NC hops variety trials, run by Dr. Jeanine Davis, to try to identify hops varieties which will thrive in North Carolina's soils and climate. The effort targets small local breweries and complements Sierra Nevada's recent move to North Carolina, near the Mountain Crops Horticultural Research Station.

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N.C. State chancellor talks innovation to Rotarians - The chancellor of North Carolina State University spoke to Mount Airy Rotary Club members Tuesday at the Cross Creek Country Club about land g...

N.C. State chancellor talks innovation to Rotarians -  The chancellor of North Carolina State University spoke to Mount Airy Rotary Club members Tuesday at the Cross Creek Country Club about land g... | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
N.C. State chancellor talks innovation to Rotarians - The chancellor of North Carolina State University spoke to Mount Airy Rotary Club members Tuesday at the Cross Creek Country Club about land grant schools impact on North Carolina’s futu...
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Chancellor Randy Woodson highlighted SmartFresh as one example of innovation coming out of NC State University research. SmartFresh, which extends the shelf life of fresh apples, was developed by Dr. Sylvia Blankenship & Dr. Ed Sissler and is now widely used in the apple industry to provide consumers with a better product.

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Small Fruits Consortium receives NIFA award | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Small Fruits Consortium receives NIFA award | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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"The Southern Region Small Fruits Consortium – a six-member group of land-grant universities including N.C. State – has received the 2012 Partnership Award for Multi-State Efforts from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture. The award recognizes exemplary work impacting agriculture, environment, communities or people from a team at a land-grant university, cooperating institution or organization supported by the NIFA."

 

Visit the authoritative website for growers, Extension personnel and professionals at:

http://www.smallfruits.org

 

"N.C. State faculty members have been involved in the following SRSFC projects:

Dr. Frank Louws and Dr. Mahfuzur Rahman (N.C. State, entomology) have received grants for research and extension efforts related to foliar / fruit rot on strawberries.Dr. Hannah Burrack (N.C. State, entomology), Dr. Doug Pfeiffer (Virginia Tech) and Dr. Powell Smith (Clemson) received grants to develop a volunteer monitoring network for spotted wing drosophila, a recent invasive pest of soft-skinned small fruits. The monitoring network allows growers to apply pesticides in a timely manner to minimize losses to this pest.Dr. Gina Fernandez, (N.C. State, horticultural science) and colleagues have received grants since 2002 to develop raspberry and blackberry breeding programs. The program developed the red raspberry, “Nantahala,” which has resulted in commercial fruit sales of $16,000-$27,000 per acre."

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Havlin speaks at Farm-City Breakfast | The Daily Southerner

Havlin speaks at Farm-City Breakfast | The Daily Southerner | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
As the world's population continues to grow and cropland continues to be taken from production, the demand on farmers to increase crop yields will increase.
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Havlin is an N.C. State University professor of soil science. He was keynote speaker at a Farm-City Week breakfast held in Tarboro.

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Ag Research Needs More Funding, Say Experts | Food Safety News

Ag Research Needs More Funding, Say Experts | Food Safety News | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Two CALS professors, crop scientist, Dr. Tom Sinclair, and economist, Michael Roberts, were among the advisors on the President's Council of

Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST).

 

Their new "Report to the President on Agricultural Preparedness and the Agricultural Enterprise," recommends a an additional $700 million per year for agricultural research, and outlines how the money should be spent.

 

The full report is here:

http://tinyurl.com/bemnsn4

 

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Researchers craft tool to minimize threat of endocrine disruptors in new chemicals

Researchers craft tool to minimize threat of endocrine disruptors in new chemicals | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Researchers from North Carolina State University, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and a host of other institutions have developed a safety testing system to help chemists design inherently safer chemicals and processes.

 

Toxicologist, Dr. Heather Patisaul of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, talks about the interdisciplinary research which developed the innovative new TiPed testing system (Tiered Protocol for Endocrine Disruption."

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UNC-TV -- Life-changing television - A Visit to the Eno River

UNC-TV -- Life-changing television - A Visit to the Eno River | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

WUNC-TV/NPR interviews Dr. Rob Richardson, an aquatic weed researcher in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, about the infestation of the invasive exotic weed, Hydrilla, in the popular scenic Eno River in Durham, NC.

 

The River is part of the local water supply; and the weed affects not only water quality but the ecology of the river and its plants and animals, such as fish, herons, and turtles. It also interfers with popular recreational activities, such as paddling and fishing.

 

Click on the December 4 program, "A Visit to the Eno River" to watch.

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CEFS report describes conservation practices for hog production | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sc..., NCSU

CEFS report describes conservation practices for hog production | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sc..., NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) has released a new report entitled Conservation Practices in Outdoor Hog Production Systems: Findings and Recommendations from the Center for Environmental Farming Systems.

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"The report is intended for outdoor, pasture-based hog producers and those who advise them, including Cooperative Extension agents, Natural Resource Conservation Service district conservationists, Soil and Water Conservation district workers and third-party auditors. ...

 

"To read the report, or for more information about CEFS’ Alternative Swine Production Unit, visit http://www.cefs.ncsu.edu/whatwedo/researchunits/alternativeswine.html."

 

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NC State University Christmas Tree Research and Extension Programs

NC State University Christmas Tree Research and Extension Programs | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

North Carolina State University Christmas Tree Research and Extension Programs... Check our site for a description of our research and for publications!

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Move on, MRSA

Move on, MRSA | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"One bacterial strain is causing some very big problems in U.S. hospitals and for wounded soldiers abroad. It’s called MRSA, and it’s a problem because it has figured out how to defend itself against just about every antibiotic weapon that we have. Fortunately, an NC State chemist has developed a new chemical compound that may help stop this threat.

 

"Christian Melander has spent the last half-decade working on a way to neutralize methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, one of the most common – and most difficult to treat – antibiotic-resistant bacterial strains."

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For Some Feathered Dinosaurs, Bigger Not Always Better

For Some Feathered Dinosaurs, Bigger Not Always Better | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Researchers have started looking at why dinosaurs that abandoned meat in favor of vegetarian diets got so big, and their results may call conventional wisdom about plant-eaters and body size into question.

 

Biologist, Dr. Lindsay Zanno of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, and Peter Makovicky of Chicago's Field Museum, published their conclusions in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B:

http://dx.doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2012.2526




 

 

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North Carolina All Commodities Conference set for Jan. 17-18 | Markets content from Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina All Commodities Conference set for Jan. 17-18 | Markets content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
North Carolina’s agriculture community will meet in Durham on Jan. 17-18 for the annual All Commodities Conference.
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The annual All Commodities Conference, will showcase the latest information on cotton, corn, small grain and soybean production in the state.

 

"This year’s conference will be hosted by the North Carolina Soybean Growers Association. Charles Hall, executive director of the association says planners have tweaked the meeting a bit this year to make it easier for growers to see all the professional presentations."

 

Dr. Jim Dunphy, corn specialist; Dr. Ron Heiniger, soybean specialist; Dr. Randy Weisz, small grain specialist; & Dr. Alan York, weed specialist will speak.

New CALS Dean, Dr. Richard Linton, will help present awards.

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Plant pathology department and Bayer CropScience team to create new graduate student fellowship | CALS News Center, NCSU

Plant pathology department and Bayer CropScience team to create new graduate student fellowship | CALS News Center, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The Department of Plant Pathology and Bayer CropScience have partnered to establish the Bayer CropScience Fellowship for Graduate Students, a training program designed to prepare students for success in private industry.

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Mount Airy News - Researchers still seeking to understand Colony Collapse Disorder

Mount Airy News - Researchers still seeking to understand Colony Collapse Disorder | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. David Tarpy, apiculture specialist in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, comments Colony Collapse Disorder, which threatens bee-pollinated crops, the controversy surrounding the role of pesticides in the phenomenon, and his pollinator research program.

 

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NC Honeybee Research Consortium

http://www.ncsu.edu/project/honey_bee_res/

 

Dr. Tarpy's web site

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/tarpy

 

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N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU

N.C. State researchers win $2.5 million grant to combat salmonella | News from the College of Agriculture & 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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Dr. Hosni Hassan, NCSU professor of microbiology, and Dr. Matt Koci, associate professor of poultry science, are leading the charge on a new five-year, $2.5 million grant from the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA)  to stamp out salmonella.

 

“Our research is aimed at trying to develop new ways of preventing poultry from getting colonized by salmonella, so then the poultry products the consumer comes in contact with are less likely to be capable of causing foodborne illness,” Koci said. “But educating the public on safe food handling practices is an equally important piece of the puzzle. This grant will allow us to attack salmonella from both angles.”

 

Hassan and Koci will work with partners from UNC-Chapel Hill, the Kenan Fellows program and North Carolina 4-H to develop an educational program based on their salmonella research that eventually will be made available to youth statewide.

 

Through the Kenan Fellows program, select North Carolina K-12 teachers will spend time in Hassan’s and Koci’s labs this summer learning the researchers’ respective areas of science. From that experience, the teachers will develop lessons on everything from safe food handling practices to the science behind salmonella. ..."

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CALS Strategic Plan 2013 | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

CALS Strategic Plan 2013 | 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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CALS Dean Richard Linton announces the Plan and the new website which will communicate with the College and stakeholders as the Plan progresses.

 

Stakeholders and the College are invited to participate at multiple meetings across the schedule. See article for dates/locations.

 

 

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Meet The Future

Meet The Future | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Andrew Miller, Hillary Spangler and KeJuan Weaver are the future. See how they're shaping today and how NC State is preparing them to transform tomorrow.
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Caldwell Scholar, CALS nutrition major, Hillary Spangler, is using what she learns to develop a healthy food choices program for public schools. It's already in use in Randolph County, NC

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In the Field » Ag Voices: Students talk classes, farm bill and student teaching

In the Field » Ag Voices: Students talk classes, farm bill and student teaching | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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3 CALS Agricultural education students talk about their international experience, classes, and insights gained in their program. Among the topics, feedmills, tissue culture, and the Farm Bill. These juniors are preparing to look for jobs soon.

 

http://info.ncagr.com/blog/?p=18531

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Public meeting will consider hydrilla infestation at Lake Waccamaw State Park | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News

Public meeting will consider hydrilla infestation at Lake Waccamaw State Park | WWAY NewsChannel 3 | Wilmington NC News | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Hydrilla is a submerged aquatic plant that can create nearly impenetrable mats of stems and leaves on a lake’s surface."

 

CALS aquatic weed specialist, Dr. Rob Richardson, will meet with citizens Dec. 11 to discuss the hydrilla infestation in Lake Waccamaw.

 

Dr. Richardson has worked for several years on the exotic weed, which is difficult to eradicate, affects water ecology, water quality, and recreational activities and hopes to help control the problem to preserve the lake's unique qualities.

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N.C. State scientists work to stop the spread of boxwood blight | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sc..., NCSU

N.C. State scientists work to stop the spread of boxwood blight | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sc..., NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Since colonial days, the boxwood has been an important part of American gardens and landscapes. Research from N.C. State University is designed to help keep it that way, in spite of the threat to the plant posed by a disease new to the United States.

 

"N.C. State researchers and extension specialists have led the way in the United States when it comes to finding methods of protect the popular landscape plant from boxwood blight. They were among the first – if not the first – university researchers to alert the public and the landscape and nursery industry to the blight’s presence when it was first found and confirmed in the United States in October 2011. And now they are leading the way in a study to determine which commercially available boxwood species are most susceptible and which ones can withstand the fungus, Cylindroclaidium buxicola, that causes the disease. ..."

 

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Christmas tree economy: More than just ornaments | College of Natural Resources News

Christmas tree economy: More than just ornaments | College of Natural Resources News | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Did you know NC is the 2nd largest Christmas tree producer in the country? Check out our Christmas Tree Research & Extension Program web site here:

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/xmas/research/index.html

 

 

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In the Field » Grain sorghum gaining in popularity with N.C. farmers

In the Field » Grain sorghum gaining in popularity with N.C. farmers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Wayne County Extension Agent, John Sanderson, helped a local farmer evaluate sorghum dessication methods to make harvesting easier, and helped evaluate their effectiveness.

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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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