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Did You Know… | North Carolina Cooperative Extension

Did You Know… | North Carolina Cooperative Extension | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"By now, you have probably seen, or at least heard about, the Kudzu bug, Megacopta cribaria. This newly introduced invasive pest feeds on kudzu, soybeans, and many other plants in the bean family. With kudzu and soybeans drying up as the weather turns cold, Cooperative Extension is fielding a number of calls from growers and homeowners with kudzu bugs on and in their homes. ..."

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Compound increases antibiotic effectiveness against MSRA | Vaccine News Daily

Compound increases antibiotic effectiveness against MSRA | Vaccine News Daily | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Christian Melander's team biosynthesis a new compound which defeats animicrobial resistance, restoring antibiotic efficacy.

 

Read morea about the Melander lab:

http://www4.ncsu.edu/~ccmeland/index.html

 

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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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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. ...

 

"Most studies of microbes in the home have focused on a particular location, such as the shower curtain or the hot-water heater. Now North Carolina State ecologist Rob Dunn aims to survey what’s living on everything—from pillowcases to refrigerators—in thousands of U.S. residences.

 

"Last fall Dunn began his “Wildlife of Our Homes” project with a pilot study in which 40 volunteers swabbed eight locations in their houses and mailed back the samples....

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Why your couch may be making you fat - Triangle Business Journal

Why your couch may be making you fat  - Triangle Business Journal | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Your couch may be making you fat. And not just because you sit on it too much and...

 

Dr. Heather Patisaul & research team find that flame retardant, Firemaster 550, is an endocrine disruptor.

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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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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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NCSU PDIC

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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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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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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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Corpses, Cadaver bugs and Climate Change | Minda Berbeco

Corpses, Cadaver bugs and Climate Change | Minda Berbeco | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Climate change credited with changing fauna found in cadavers ...

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Day one on the dean’s tour: Mills River | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Day one on the dean’s tour: Mills River | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"New CALS Dean Richard Linton is on the road, getting to know North Carolina and how the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is making a difference every day in the lives of the state’s people.

 

Day One: Mills River and the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center. The center, near Asheville, serves as a hub for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in the western part of North Carolina.

 

More than 40 faculty and staff members conduct applied research and empower western North Carolina’s people through extension education programs related to agriculture, the environment, family and community.

 

The center is known for its innovative work related to tomato breeding, fish farming, herbs and organics, Christmas trees — and much more.


ITINERARY: A hops yard, sturgeon four to five feet long, energy crops considerably higher than an elephant’s eye – these were just a few of the things new College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Dean Rich Linton encountered during a day at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. ..."

 

The Mountain Horticul;tural Crops Research & Extension Center, iMills River, web site

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/

 

 

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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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Science of Chocolate | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

Science of Chocolate | North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"From drinks to desserts, chocolate is a favorite that is loved by cultures worldwide.  Can a food as delicious as chocolate also be good for your health?  Join us to learn about the history of chocolate from ancient times to modern day manufacturing, and find out what current research is telling us about the science of this special food."

 

Free program at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Nov. 29, 6:30pm.

 

CALS food scientist, Dr. Gabriel Keith Harris will speak

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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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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 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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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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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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An urban farming revolution has transformed a former car park in ...

An urban farming revolution has transformed a former car park in ... | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
It helps that urban farming is becoming mainstream, and that they have a dedicated salesperson, but word of mouth has also been key. And not just from customers of the farmers' markets and delis that sell their produce.

Via Alan Yoshioka
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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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