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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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Economist: Triangle could take 40 percent of new N.C. jobs

Economist: Triangle could take 40 percent of new N.C. jobs | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
CARY -- N.C. State University economist Mike Walden is predicting  the Research Triangle will take between 33 percent and 40 percent of all new jobs in North Carolina this year.
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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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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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What Does It Take to Fool a Snake? Send in the Robot

What Does It Take to Fool a Snake? Send in the Robot | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Trying to dupe real animals with mechanical ones is an increasingly popular methodology among biologists in order to study wildlife.
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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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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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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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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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Demand, interest in hops soaring in North Carolina | Management content from Southeast Farm Press

Demand, interest in hops soaring in North Carolina | Management content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Demand and interest in hops is soaring in North Carolina, partly due to the re-location of three major beer breweries in the state.
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"Three large beer brewers are building their east coast breweries in North Carolina, combined with 60 or so craft beer brewers and a thriving number of amateur brewers and there has grown a significant demand for one of beer’s primary ingredients — hops.

 

"The crop is not native to the Tar Heel state, but has been grown in the past and can be grown now, but just how to do that has proven to be a perplexing challenge for North Carolina State University Horticulturist Jeanine Davis.

Davis and her research team at North Carolina State’s Mountain Horticultural Research Station in Mills River, N.C., and on the main campus in Raleigh, have taken up the challenge and are making progress in getting hops planted in the western and piedmont sections of North Carolina."

 

Davis and her team hope to benefit small and large breweries in the state.

 

 

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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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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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Capturing the Courtship Rituals of Bizarre Birds-of-Paradise : 80beats

Capturing the Courtship Rituals of Bizarre Birds-of-Paradise : 80beats | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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"Birds-of-paradise are living, breathing, dancing, singing examples of evolutionary extremes. Isolated in the rainforests of New Guinea, these species evolved in the absence of predators. As such, their designs have been driven by sexual selection—female preference, rather than physical necessity, per se—and the results are over the top."

 

Story includes links to lovely video of the birds courting in rainforests of New Guinea.

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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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