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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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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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Why Did Plant-Munching Theropods Get So Big?

Why Did Plant-Munching Theropods Get So Big? | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Were these Late Cretaceous dinosaurs just the culmination of an evolutionary trend towards ever-larger body size or was something else at work?

 

Biologist, Dr. Lindsay Zanno of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University & Peter Makovicky of Chicago's Field Museum, investigate the effect of vegetarian and other non-meats on dino size and weight.

 

 

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White House Christmas tree is from Ashe County | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

White House Christmas tree is from Ashe County | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"While Rusty and Beau Estes certainly deserve all the credit for producing a Fraser fir suitable to grace the White House at Christmas, a bit of North Carolina Cooperative Extension traveled with the tree to the nation’s capital."

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Humans Aren’t the Only Animals That Hold Elections

Humans Aren’t the Only Animals That Hold Elections | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

 

Biologist, Dr. Rob Dunn of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) at NC State University blogs on lessons humans might draw from animals:

"One of my racquetball buddies, Dave Tarpy [CALS honey bee specialist] ... studies honeybees decisions. Tarpy was a postdoctoral researcher with Tom Seeley and so has learned Seeley’s democracy-documenting ways, but Tarpy is more interested in queens than Seeley is. How do these solitary leaders become who they are? What allows some queens to succeed over others when there is a power vacuum in the hive?"

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Fruit, vegetable growers set for big Carolina expo | Southeast Farm Press

Fruit, vegetable growers set for big Carolina expo |  Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A crowd of 600-700 fruit and vegetable growers from the Carolinas will gather on Nov. 26-28 for the 27th annual Carolina Vegetable and Fruit Expo.

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Insurance News - Fruit, vegetable growers set for big Carolina expo

Insurance News - Fruit, vegetable growers set for big Carolina expo | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Keynote speaker for the Expo is Richard Linton, recently appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture at North Carolina State University.

 

Many CALS researchers will speak on fruit & vegetable production, grafting technologies, enterprise budgets, risk management and more.

 

 

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North Carolina presents specialty crops grants | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina presents specialty crops grants | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
North Carolina has awarded $1.2 million in specialty crops grants, some of which targets organic production.

 

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North Carolina State University received five of the grants, some geared directly toward improving the states already thriving organic farming enterprise. The state is one of few in the Southeast with an ongoing organic crops research and outreach program.

 

"Chris Reberg-Horton, who heads the North Carolina State organic crops program, says these crops are growing in size and economic importance to North Carolina and the Carolina-Virginia region.  ... "

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Going Deep: Soliciting Explanations for the Mysteries of the Wild Life of Your Belly Button | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

Going Deep: Soliciting Explanations for the Mysteries of the Wild Life of Your Belly Button | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Scientists give you all their data in the hopes that you will outsmart them  ...So you want to be a scientist? Here is your chance...."

 

Dr. Rob Dunn blogs in Scientific American on the first release of data from the Belly Button Project, his team's Citizen Science project, charting new territory in the study of the microbiology and ecology of the human navel ...

 

Belly Button Diversity 2.0

http://bbdata.yourwildlife.org/

 

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Day five on the Dean’s tour: Kannapolis, Charlotte and Winston-Salem | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Day five on the Dean’s tour: Kannapolis, Charlotte and Winston-Salem | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

“You have to see it to believe it.”

 

"So said new College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean Richard Linton on the fifth leg of his statewide tour, of the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis.

 

“I’ve seen photos online and even watched a video tour, but they don’t do this place justice,” Linton said. “It’s just incredible.”

 

Dean Linton visited the David H. Murdock Research Institute (the DHMRI) and the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University, as well as industry research labs housed at the site.

 

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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 | CALS News Center

‘From crops to cows to cream’: Milking center dedication highlights N.C. State’s innovative approach to dairy science and education | CALS News Center | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"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. ..."

 

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NCSU recognizes its innovators - Triangle Business Journal

NCSU recognizes its innovators  - Triangle Business Journal | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
North Carolina State University recognized innovation at the school on Wednesday,...

 

Among those recognized are food scientist, Dr. Josip Simunovic, for his research on thermal processing of food, and the team of Dr. John Cavanagh, an expert in protein structural biology, and Dr. Christian Melander, who together founded Agile Sciences, a company whose product defeats bacterial biofilms. Cavanagh & Melander were recognized as among the University's Innovators of the Year.

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Fewer dams can mean better fishing in N.C.

Fewer dams can mean better fishing in N.C. | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Beginning next spring, American shad will jump up a natural-looking "rock arch rapids," a 200-foot slope of rock added to the downstream side of the Cape Fear Lock and Dam No. 1. The fish will swim to their ancestral spawning grounds.

 

CALS Biologist, Dr. Joseph Hightower says when lifted by locks, 35% of the migrating shad succeeded in getting past the dams.

 

CALS Biology grad student, Joshua Raabe has been tagging the shad, bass and other fish making the trip, to monitor their success.

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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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Flame retardant linked to weight gain

Flame retardant linked to weight gain | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Flame-retardant mixture Firemaster 550 is an endocrine disruptor causing extreme weight gain, early puberty and heart issues in animals, U.S. researchers say.

 

Dr. Heather Patisaul, toxicologist in the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University and colleagues at Duke University authored the study.

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After 2 Years Scientists Still Can’t Solve Belly Button Mystery, Continue Navel-Gazing | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network

After 2 Years Scientists Still Can’t Solve Belly Button Mystery, Continue Navel-Gazing | Guest Blog, Scientific American Blog Network | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"This is a confession. I started out as a respectable sort of ecologist studying rain forests and then at some point my road turned and I ended up where I am today, lost among the belly buttons."


Ecologist, Rob R. Dunn talks about The Belly Button Project, part of his research on The Wildlife of Your Body ...


It's a Citizen Science project, and you can join!


Check out the web site at:

http://www.yourwildlife.org/


and on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/YourWild_Life


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After 12 years of research, hog-waste disposal still reeks | Dr. Mike Williams, CALS Animal & Poultry Waste Management Center, comments on promising new technologies

After 12 years of research, hog-waste disposal still reeks | Dr. Mike Williams, CALS Animal & Poultry Waste Management Center, comments on promising new technologies | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Much has changed in the 15 years since state officials first got serious about finding a cleaner way to treat the waste from North Carolina’s 9 million-plus hogs. But much hasn’t.

 

But Dr. Williams, who is closely involved in the regulatory process, states that a new waste treatment system "seems to meet nearly every criterion to be named an official 'Environmentally Superior Technology' under the 2000 [Smithfield, NC] agreement"; and while the method may need tests for ammonia removal capacity, the technique is promising.

 

 

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Day Six of the Dean’s Tour: Research Triangle Park | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Day Six of the Dean’s Tour: Research Triangle Park | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"New College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Richard Linton has been criss-crossing North Carolina on a whirlwind tour of the state since Oct. 23. But on Nov. 8 he was back in the heart of the Triangle, as he toured sites at the Research Triangle Park. He capped off the event, as well as his statewide tour, with remarks he delivered at an evening alumni reception at the N.C. Biotechnology Center."

 

Dean Linton toured BASF, Bayer CropScience and the NC Biotechnology Center, all of which have close ties to the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University.

 

 

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Short Sharp Science: Belly button samples reveal wonderland of fluffy fauna

Short Sharp Science: Belly button samples reveal wonderland of fluffy fauna | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

On Rob Dunn's Wildlife of the Body Citizen Science in The Belly Button Project:

 

"If you were told you had an ecosystem living in your belly button, it might come as a bit of shock. Well, you probably do. These are just a few of the samples that Belly Button Biodiversity (BBB), a group of scientists from North Carolina University in Raleigh and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, have taken from themselves as well as students, science bloggers and others.

BBB want to strike down the "bad bacteria" stereotype and teach the world that many bacteria are harmless, helpful and a lot of times just hanging around, mooching off your body."

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Championing the Sweet Potato :: North Carolina State University Bulletin

Championing the Sweet Potato :: North Carolina State University Bulletin | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Thanksgiving is busy for Bobby Vick. While completing his Ph.D. in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAE), he frequently visits Vick Family Farms, his uncle’s homestead in Wilson, N.C. That’s where the NC State student branch of the American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers (ASABE) buys the Covington sweet potatoes that are then sold for $10 per box during its annual sweet potato sale. On Monday, Vick transported 2,000 pounds back to Weaver Laboratories to accommodate around 200 orders."

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CALS research, which enabled producing sweet potatoes year-round, and developed innovative food processing methods, enabling new products, help make the project possible and contribute to the strength of the industry in North Carolina.

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Gulf spill harmed small fish, studies indicate | Environment | Science News

Gulf spill harmed small fish, studies indicate | Environment | Science News | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Ecologist, Dr. Damian Shea, finds that weather oil is less toxic, as new chemical analyses show that weather reducing oil's propensity to shed polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) into water ...

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Wayne and Judy Skaggs create endowment for water resources and hydrology research | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU

Wayne and Judy Skaggs create endowment for water resources and hydrology research | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Dr. R. Wayne Skaggs, a National Academy of Engineering member and retiring William Neal Reynolds and Distinguished University Professor of biological and agricultural engineering, with his wife, Judy, has created an endowment to support the continued research in his field of water, soil and plant systems management. The Wayne and Judy Skaggs Endowment for Water Resources and the Hydrology of Poorly Drained Lands was created Nov. 9 at N.C. State University’s McKimmon Center. The endowment was signed as part of festivities in commemoration of Skaggs’ career. ..."

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More researchers join effort to control stink bugs organically

More researchers join effort to control stink bugs organically | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Multi-university project asks how organic farmers can control these pests and protect their crops."

 

Organic farmers are particularly challenged when faced with the destructive Brown Marmorated Stink Bug.

 

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences researchers at NC State University join the effort.

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