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An Evening of Insects | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

An Evening of Insects | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Oct. 25, 2012 | Thursday, 6:30pm

 

Among the 15-minute talks are these, from CALS researchers:

Basement Bugs: The Camel Cricket Story
by Dr. Holly Menninger, Director of Public Science for Rob Dunn's Your Wildlife Program
(see http://www.YourWildlife.org)

The Fascinating Lives of Bees
by Dr. David Tarpy, our bee specialist

North Carolina’s Rarest Butterflies
by Dr. Nick Haddad, an ecologist who studies & tracks these endangered creatures

Everning Starts at 6:30 and is free.

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Register & Join Us for the New State-of-the-Art Milking Center Dedication, Nov. 9, 2012!

Register & Join Us for the New State-of-the-Art Milking Center Dedication, Nov. 9, 2012! | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Please join us for the:

NC State University
MILKING CENTER DEDICATION
Friday, November 9, 2012

On November 9th, NC State will dedicate its new milking center, a state-of-the-art facility designed to support dairy research, hands-on student training and continued education for members of the dairy industry.  The milking center and surrounding dairy will also be a destination where families, schoolchildren and the general public will get an insider’s view of where milk, ice cream and other favorite dairy products begin.
 
Join leaders from North Carolina’s dairy industry and the NC State community to celebrate the dedication of this new facility, and to learn about plans for the future Dairy History Museum and other upcoming components of the farm of the future.

To register and for more event details visit the following website:
go.ncsu.edu/milking_dedication
 
The event is open to everyone, but please register.

Register no later than November 1.
 
*Come as you are. Walking shoes recommended.

Questions? Please contact:
Jennifer Bernabi
Phone: 919.515.6212
Email: jennifer_bernabi@ncsu.edu

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Additive Restores Antibiotic Effectiveness Against MRSA

Additive Restores Antibiotic Effectiveness Against MRSA | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Researchers from North Carolina State University have increased the potency of a compound that reactivates antibiotics against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

 

Biochemist, Christian Melander & his team have made the compound more effective against the potentially deadly infections.

 

Read the paper abstract in Angewandge Chemie (full paper may require subscription):

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ange.201206911/abstract

 

photo: R: Dr. Melander; L: Dr. John Cavanagh, who has collaborated with Melander in developing small molecule compounds against antibiotic resistant bacteria.

 

photo credit: Communication Services, NCSU

 

 

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NC Small Fruit & Specialty Crop IPM: Kudzu bugs on caneberries?

NC Small Fruit & Specialty Crop IPM: Kudzu bugs on caneberries? | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Photo: Kudzu bugs on raspberry plants at the Piedmont Research Station, Salisbury, NC

 

"My Monday morning  began with two phone calls about the same thing: kudzu bugs on caneberries.  Both calls came from western North Carolina, but kudzu bugs are widespread throughout the southeast.  See here for a map of kudzu bug distribution from the Megacoptera Working Group.  Kudzu bugs (Megacoptera criberia) are yet another invasive species from eastern Asia that has been detected in the southeastern US in recent years.  Kudzu bugs appear to specialize on legumes, including cultivated beans and kudzu, and can cause cause economic damage to soybeans.  My NC State Entomology colleague, Dominic Reisig, has published extensive information on kudzu bug at his blog.  Interestingly, both caneberry sites that prompted my morning calls were also near soybeans."

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NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Additive Restores Antibiotic Effectiveness Against MRSA

NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Additive Restores Antibiotic Effectiveness Against MRSA | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. Christian Melander's team has enhanced the potency of a naturally-derived compound he and Dr. John Cavanagh discovered, which has bioactivity against methicillin resistant Staphyloccus aureus, known as MRSA. Click the headline to learn more about today 's story.

 

And read about the earlier work here:

http://news.ncsu.edu/features/taking-the-resistance-out-of-drug-resistant-infections/

 

Link to full article (abstract free; full article may require subscription)

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ange.201206911/abstract

 

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That’s a Wrap: Day 3 of #AntsOnBroadway

That’s a Wrap: Day 3 of #AntsOnBroadway | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Rob Dunn's YourWildlife.org Team finishes collecting ants as part of his cool citizen science project, this time in the Big Apple! Check out the photos & blog at http://www.YourWildlife.org

 

Photo: Courtesy of Benoit Guenard.

 

 

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Earth's Last Unexplored Wilderness: Your Very Own Home | Ecosystems | DISCOVER Magazine

Earth's Last Unexplored Wilderness: Your Very Own Home | Ecosystems | DISCOVER Magazine | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Biologists are starting to explore the woolly ecosystems in our homes and hospitals, and figuring out how they can make us sick or keep us healthy."

 

CALS' Rob Dunn's and his team are part of this effort. Their contribution is The Wildlife of Your Home project, included in the Discover discussion. Read more about Rob's project at:

http://www.yourwildlife.org/

 

Twitter:

@YourWild_Life

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CALS' Melanie McCaleb featured in Erosion Control March/April 2012 issue

CALS' Melanie McCaleb featured in Erosion Control March/April 2012 issue | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Uncovering solutions to construction erosion, sediment, and turbidity

 

Melanie McCaleb, researcher & Extension Associate in the Soil Science Department's  Erosion, Sediment and Turbidity Control Group (ES&TC) at NC State University discusses the unpredictability of erosion research and her group's impact on the addressing issue. (Starts p. 17)

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Pollenizer research should help seedless watermelon farmers

Pollenizer research should help seedless watermelon farmers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Research on flower production and disease resistance in watermelon varieties should help bolster seedless watermelon harvests for farmers.

 

Dr. Chris Gunter discusses his research with Purdue partners, on how to select the best pollenizer melons for breeding, and the critical role of Fusarium disease resistance.

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NC State News and Information » Pollenizer Research Should Help Seedless Watermelon Farmers

NC State News and Information » Pollenizer Research Should Help Seedless Watermelon Farmers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The pollenizers aren't bees ... they're plants!


Dr. Chris Gunter explains.

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13th Annual NCSU Vermiculture Conference | Biological & Agricultural Engineering, NC State University

13th Annual NCSU Vermiculture Conference | Biological & Agricultural Engineering, NC State University | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"This event will provide the tools you need to start or expand an earthworm and vermicompost production operation. You will also learn the latest research on the effects of vermicompost and extracts (tea) on plant growth and disease suppression, how growers are effectively marketing earthworms and vermicompost, the different technologies being utilized, and how a large greenhouse grower is using vermicompost with remarkable results. At this conference there will be ample opportunities to get answers to your questions from industry experts and other growers."

 

Event runs Nov. 5-6, Friday Center, UNC-Chapel Hill

 

Who should attend?

Earthworm Growers  | Farmers | Composters | Nursery Owners | Greenhouse Growers | Soil Blenders | Orchard Owners | Entrepreneurs | Livestock Operators | Extension Agents | Solid Waste Managers | Landscapers | Consultants | Food Service Managers

 

Click title above for registration.

Contact Information:

Rhonda Sherman
Conference Chairperson
and Extension Specialist,
NC State University
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
Phone:(919) 515-6770
Email: sherman@ncsu.edu

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$10 Million Gift Names NC State’s Poultry Science Department for Prestage Family - Prestage Farms, Inc.

$10 Million Gift Names NC State’s Poultry Science Department for Prestage Family - Prestage Farms, Inc. | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Press release from the Prestage Farms web site.

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Prestage gives NCSU's poultry science department $10 million

Prestage gives NCSU's poultry science department $10 million | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
N.C State University officials announced Tuesday that the Department of Poultry Science, which has only 17 faculty members and about 75 undergraduate students, will get a $10 million donation from Clinton-based Prestage Farms, one of the largest...
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NC State News and Information » Study: Flame Retardant ‘Firemaster 550’ Is an Endocrine Disruptor

NC State News and Information » Study: Flame Retardant ‘Firemaster 550’ Is an Endocrine Disruptor | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Research from Toxicologist, Dr. Heather Patisaul, of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, & Duke University colleagues:

 

"The flame-retardant mixture known as “Firemaster 550” is an endocrine disruptor that causes extreme weight gain, early onset of puberty and cardiovascular health effects in lab animals, according to a new study spearheaded by researchers from North Carolina State University and Duke University.

 

"Firemaster 550 is made up of four principal component chemicals and is used in polyurethane foam in a wide variety of products, ranging from mattresses to infant nursing pillows. The flame-retardant mixture was developed by Chemtura Corp., and was first identified by the research community in 2008. It was developed to replace a class of fire retardants being phased out of use because of concerns regarding their safety.  This new study represents the first public data on whether Firemaster 550 has potential health effects."

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International students tour Goldsboro farm

International students tour Goldsboro farm | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Students from around the world are getting a feel for what rural North Carolina has to offer. About 50 Fulbright students toured farm land in Goldsboro Thursday as part of the U.S Department of States Global Food Security Seminar.

 

Students learned about the research challenges of providing food security for a growing population.

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Additive Restores Antibiotic Effectiveness Against MRSA | ScienceBlog.com

Additive Restores Antibiotic Effectiveness Against MRSA | ScienceBlog.com | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Researchers from North Carolina State University have increased the potency of a compound that reactivates antibiotics against methicillin-resistant...

 

The research comes from Dr. Christian Melander & his team at NC State University.

 

Link to full article in Angewandte Chemie:

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ange.201206911/abstract

 

Earlier story:

http://www.ncsu.edu/features/2011/11/dr-john-cavanagh-and-dr-christian-melander/

 

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Biochem Blogs from NCSU

Biochem Blogs from NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Enjoy the blog of the Department of Molecular & Structural Biochemistry, maintained by Dr. Clay Clark, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University.

 

Their motto? "If we knew what we were doing, it wouldn't be reasearch." -- Einstein

 

Newest post on The Gibbs Conference on Biothermodynamics: Free Energy in the Woods.

 

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NCSU PDIC

NCSU PDIC | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Check out the blog of the NCSU Plant Disease & Insect Clinic! They help farmers & gardeners by identifying problems insects & diseases. Great photos and useful information from the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University.

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Rising rates for rent-a-bees

Rising rates for rent-a-bees | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Pollination is basic science, but the cost of it is getting more complicated.

 

"CALS economist, Dr. Walter Thurman, finds that rising honey prices, invasive mites and higher diesel fuel costs have increased the price of services performed by commercial beekeepers during the past 20 years.

 

"Dr. Thurman's is the first comprehensive study of North American pollination markets."

 

This means higher consumer prices for the approximately 75% of food crops which are bee-pollinated.

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Putting the State in State Fair :: North Carolina State University Bulletin

Putting the State in State Fair :: North Carolina State University Bulletin | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Putting the Fair in the State Fair, CALS contributes a cow milking booth, Howling Cow ice cream, and gardening tips ...

 

Help us build a home for Howing Cow ice cream

http://www.ncsu.edu/foodscience/dairy/howlingcow/index.html

 

Visit our Dairy Research & Teaching Farm

http://www.ncsu.edu/foodscience/dairy/howlingcow/farm.html

 

 

 

 

 

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Turf, Bugs & Rock n Roll: CALS Turf Entomology Group's Facebook page

Turf, Bugs & Rock n Roll: CALS Turf Entomology Group's Facebook page | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Check it out! Practical, research-based suggestions & Dr. Rick Brandenburg's videos (complete with guitar solos!) on turf insect management & control.

 

Brought to you by the turfgrass entomology lab at North Carolina State University. Offering answers to all of your turfgrass insect needs since 1985!


If you would like to be added to the turgfrass entomology list serv so you can stay up to date on national turfgrass entomological issues please contact Diane at desilcox@ncsu.edu
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City of Raleigh honors JC Raulston Arboretum | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

City of Raleigh honors JC Raulston Arboretum | CALS News Center  | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"The JC Raulston Arboretum at N.C. State University has been recognized for its outstanding appearance by the City of Raleigh. The arboretum received a 2012 Sir Walter Raleigh Award in the category of Maintained Outstanding Appearance. Awards in this category are for projects that are more than five years old and have consistently maintained a high quality appearance contributing to Raleigh’s image. ...

"The JC Raulston Arboretum, part of N.C. State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, is home to the most diverse plant collection in the Southeast. “Getting the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Community Appearance was a big honor for us,” said Dr. Ted Bilderback, JCRA director."

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Students learn where pizza comes from

Students learn where pizza comes from | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The fifth-graders of Davidson County will never be able to look at a pizza the same way after a day trip Thursday to the Davidson County Fairgrounds for Agriculture by the Slice, a program created by the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and...

 

Extension specialists & Master Gardeners used fave kids' food, pizza, to give them experience in gardens, cooking, and the food chain.

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NCSU receives $10M gift - Triangle Business Journal

NCSU receives $10M gift  - Triangle Business Journal | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
N.C. State University received one of the largest donations in the school’s history...
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Clinton farmer gives NCSU $10M for poultry research, teaching :: WRAL.com

Clinton farmer gives NCSU $10M for poultry research, teaching :: WRAL.com | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The owners of a Sampson County poultry and pork operation have donated $10 million to North Carolina State University for poultry research and education and extension programs, officials said Wednesday.
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