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Agriculture Brings Science & Math Alive in NC | Plants For Human Health Institute (PHHI), NCSU

Agriculture Brings Science & Math Alive in NC | Plants For Human Health Institute (PHHI), NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The innovative project of strawberry breeder, Dr. Jeremy Pattison, & the PHHI team brings high school agriculture teachers and their students into the field for giving hands-on experience in cultivation, laboratory experiments, and statistical analysis of the field data, making STEM much more appealing and real-world to students.

 

The PHHI staff hope the project will become a national model for teaching agriculture in a way which shows students the relevance of science, technology and mathematics to everyday life, including berries!

 

Video is about 10 minutes long.

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The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Bringing Bugs into the Classroom

The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Bringing Bugs into the Classroom | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. David Buchwalter, of our Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology, blogs about his most recent classroom outreach program. He writes:

 

"Last month, I teamed up with other biological researchers to conduct a workshop for high school teachers and science educators in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Titled “The Ecophysiology and Evolution of Aquatic Insects:  A Workshop for High School Teachers,” the workshop was designed to give educators the scientific background and physical tools/supplies needed to bring interdisciplinary and inquiry-based study into the classroom with a focus on aquatic insects. The workshop was funded by a grant I received from the National Science Foundation.

 

"Aquatic insects provide a great springboard into various scientific topics because they are ecologically important and widely used as ecological indicators. They also have fascinating adaptations for aquatic life. Also, they are everywhere and very easy to collect out in nature, providing an opportunity for students to learn more about their immediate environment. My primary goal for the workshop was to stimulate curricular development that combined both field based collections and hands on activities in high school classrooms."

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John Dole named Horticultural Science head | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

John Dole named Horticultural Science head | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Dole developed the only comprehensive research program on greenhouse & field-cut flowers in the US, with work ranging from new crop development to postharvest handling and marketing.

 

"He serves as executive advisor for the Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers and is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on cut flowers.

 

"In addition, his research includes the physiology and handling of propagative plant materials & potted flowering plants, especially poinsettias."

 

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Establishing energy grasses in sprayfields

Establishing energy grasses in sprayfields | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The Biofuels Center of North Carolina - creating North Carolina's large-scale, advanced biofuels, biorefining and bioproducts industry sector.

 

The Biofuels Center is working with NCSU scientists on this project.

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Breeders break loose with new blackberry, table grape varieties | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press

Breeders break loose with new blackberry, table grape varieties | Orchard Crops content from Western Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

NCSU plant breeders, Dr. Gina Fernandez & Dr. Jim Ballington have released a new blackberry, called Von. And Nantahalla, a NCSU raspberry released in 2009 (photo above) is also coming to market now.

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NC State News & Information » New Fish Species Offers Literal Take on ‘Hooking Up’

NC State News & Information » New Fish Species Offers Literal Take on ‘Hooking Up’ | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. Brian Langerhans discovers a new Gambusia (mosquitofish) with unusual morphology in Mexico.

 

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"Gambusia quadruncus (Cyprinodontiformes: Poeciliidae): A new species of mosquitofish from east-central Mexico published online ahead of print in September 2012 issue of Journal of Fish Biology

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1095-8649.2012.03397.x

 

 

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Ecologist, Dr. Susan White is New Director of NC Sea Grant & Water Resources Research Institute

Ecologist, Dr. Susan White is New Director of NC Sea Grant & Water Resources Research Institute | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Through dynamic research, education and outreach programs, North Carolina Sea Grant links university researchers to the people, businesses and governments that manage, use and enjoy coastal and marine resources.

 

"Ecologist Susan N. White, currently director of the Hollings Marine Laboratory in Charleston, S.C., will be the new executive director for North Carolina Sea Grant and the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina upon the retirement of Michael P. Voiland in December.

 

"Susan brings a strong science background, as well as leadership working with a mix of partners and stakeholders," notes Vice Chancellor Terri L. Lomax of North Carolina State University, where the two state/federal partnership programs are headquartered.

 

"She will be a great leader for Sea Grant and WRRI programs here that have strong traditions of assisting and guiding communities, businesses, organizations and the public," Lomax adds. Sea Grant focuses on the ecosystems and economies of the coastal region, while WRRI supports research and training related to freshwater topics statewide."

 

NC Sea Grant web site

http://www.ncseagrant.org/

 

Water Resources Research Institute (WRRI), of the University of North Carolina System, at NC State web site

http://www.ncsu.edu/wrri/

 

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Croatia: Wine, Wheat & More: Seminar October 1, 2012

Croatia: Wine, Wheat & More: Seminar October 1, 2012 | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Croatia: Wine, Wheat & More | Oct. 1

Join CALS PhD candidates Aaron Fox & Suzanne O'Connell for a Seminar

 

They'll discuss their experiences working with the University of Zagreb & collaboration opportunities for research there.

 

flyer here:

http://tinyurl.com/brq2g7c

 

 

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The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Experts: Food Safety Audits Need an Overhaul

The Abstract :: North Carolina State University :: Experts: Food Safety Audits Need an Overhaul | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. Ben Chapman, food safety specialist, is part of a team which recently published research suggesting how to make food safety audits more useful and understandable for food buyers, food service providers, and others in the food supply chain. The researchers also discuss third-party food safety auditors and their role in keeping the food supply safe.

 

Read the paper in Food Control here:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0956713512004409?v=s5

 

 

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Entomological Society of America Names 2012 Fellows | Entomological Society of America (ESA)

Entomological Society of America Names 2012 Fellows | Entomological Society of America (ESA) | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

William Neal Reynolds Professor of Entomology, Dr. R. Michael Roe, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the Entomological Society of America.

 

A Professor in the Department of Entomology and the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC, Dr. Roe "is internationally recognized for his research in insect and acarine physiology, biochemistry, genomics and toxicology, and the use of fundamental research in chemistry, nuclear science, and biology to solve practical problems and develop new commercial technologies."

 

"The election as a Fellow acknowledges outstanding contributions to entomology in one or more of the following: research, teaching, extension, or administration. The following Fellows will be recognized during Entomology 2012 -- ESA's 60th Annual Meeting -- which will be held November 11-14, 2012 in Knoxville, Tennessee."

 

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Fund Helps Innovation Reach the Marketplace

Fund Helps Innovation Reach the Marketplace | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The Chancellor’s Innovation Fund is used for the development and advancement of ideas and discoveries at NC State.

 

Food scientists & food safety specialist, Dr. Lee-Ann Jaykus, is among the winners of the Channelor's Innovation Fund competition for 2012.

 

Her multidisciplinary team is currently researching foodborne noroviruses, funded by the largest food safety grant USDA has ever awarded -- $25 million.

 

They hope to improve understanding of the pathogen, develop better diagnostic tools, and improve prevention of norovirus infection and the human health risk it poses, among other goals.

 

You can read more here:

http://www.ncsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/bulletin/2011/08/nullifying-norovirus/

 

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N.C. State Snags New Plant Scientist, Continues Growth at N.C. Research Campus | Plants For Human Health Institute, CALS, NCSU

N.C. State Snags New Plant Scientist, Continues Growth at N.C. Research Campus | Plants For Human Health Institute, CALS, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Dr. Tzung-Fu Hsieh specializes in systems biology, a relatively new research field which studies  interactions between the components of biological systems, and how those relationships affect system functions and behaviors. His area of focus is known as epigenetics, which seeks to understand changes in gene behaviors which are caused by factors other than mutations in DNA.

 

Epigenetics plays an important role in plant development.

 

For example, Hsieh studies the development of endosperms, the placenta-like tissue inside the seeds of most flowering plants, that nourish the embryo. Endosperm plays a critical role in human nutrition and health, accounting for more than 75 percent of the world’s food supply, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). That’s because cereal crops like corn, rice and wheat – some of the most widely produced crops in the world – are harvested for their grains, which are mostly endosperm."

 

See full press release on the PHHI web site for more details on their newest researcher.

http://plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/

 

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Butterfly bushes, redbud recognized | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU

Butterfly bushes, redbud recognized | CALS News Center  | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Dr. Dennis Werner's plant breeding accomplishments were recognized at the international Plantarium plant show in the Netherlands.

 

The show attracted 320 exhibitors and more than 17,000 visitors. A  buddleia Dr. Werner developed, called Lilac Chip, won the Color My World Award. The award is based on a vote by show attendees and that Lilac Chip was judged the best at the show in the last 10 years.

 

In addition, a weeping redbud he developed, called Ruby Falls, won a silver medal, while another buddleia, called Ice Chip in the US & White Chip in Europe, won a bronze medal.

 

Like many of his recent releases, these plants are dwarfs, smaller than plants typically available, which can literally take over a small garden.

 

More of Dr. Werner's creations are discussed in the article.

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Year-round weed control may now be cost effective | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press

Year-round weed control may now be cost effective | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
One of the warmest winters on record in the Upper Southeast played havoc with virtually every crop grown in the region, and often not in ways clearly visible to growers or understandable to the experts.

 

Weed specialist, Wes Everman, explains which weeds may be controlled efficiently, which ones are difficult, and which compounds and mixtures work the best. He discusses horseweed, and palmer amaranth control in several crops.

 

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Register Now for Honeybee Nutrition Workshop: Growing Small Farms: Enhancing Sustainability Workshops

Register Now for Honeybee Nutrition Workshop: Growing Small Farms: Enhancing Sustainability Workshops | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Sponsor: Chatham County Center of NC Cooperative Extension

 

Time: 7:00-9:00pm, Wed. Nov. 7, 2012

 

Where: Agriculture Building Auditorium, Pittsboro, NC

 

Presenters: NCDA Apiary Inspector Nancy Ruppert & Agent Debbie Roos

 

Cost: $10.00, includes CD of resources

 

Registration: Advance Registration Required by Nov. 5

Click URL above for downloadable registration form.

Download registration form & mail with check.

 

More info: 919-542-8202 or email Debbie Roos

 

Agenda:

What Do Honey Bees Need & Why? (carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, minerals, water, etc.)
Impact of Poor Nutrition on Honey Bee Health
How Can We Help Bees Acquire What They Need?
Increase Floral Diversity to Benefit Honey Bees

 

URL: www.growingsmallfarms.org

 

 

 

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2011-2012 College Research Impacts from Our Report to the Chancellor of NCSU

2011-2012 College Research Impacts from Our Report to the Chancellor of NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

A dynamic threshold for controlling stink bugs, thermal processing of foods & biomaterials, modeling crop risks for federal crop insurance, advancing hybrid striped bass production and protecting animal health with strategies for improved food and health care -- just some of our activities for this year.

 

http://tinyurl.com/8r2xkhr

 

 

 

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Dr. Blake Brown, NC State Univ at Ag Impact Forum, Elizabeth City, NC

Dr. Blake Brown of NC State University discusses the impact that agriculture has on the North Carolina economy at the NC Farm Bureau/NC Animal Ag Coalition A...

 

Dr. Brown, who raises beef cattle, discusses the importance of animal agriculture in NC and the nation -- NC is number 2 nationally in hog & pork production. That accomplishment has come about in the alst 25 years as a result of North Carolina research and innovative production practices.

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Wheat behind sorghum may cause yield drag | NCSU grains specialist advises

Wheat behind sorghum may cause yield drag | NCSU grains specialist advises | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Grain sorghum acreage is up an estimated five times more than last year in North Carolina and interest in growing the crop in other Southeastern states is increasing.

 

Dr. Randy Weisz, grain specialist, says growers may want to think twice about double cropping wheat & sorghum, since sorghum root compounds may inhibit wheat yield. This phenomenon is called allelopathy.

 

Read more of his extensive cultivation  & cropping system suggestions.

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The Glory of Leaves - Rob R. Dunn in National Geographic Magazine

The Glory of Leaves - Rob R. Dunn in National Geographic Magazine | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Sometimes a masterwork hangs in a museum. Other times it hangs from the branch of a tree or rounds out a slender stem.

 

Ecologist, Dr. Rob Dunn, contemplates the diversity of leaf morphology, color & anatomy, and the consistent marvel of photosynthesis, in the October National Geographic.

 

Language to do them justice!

 

http://www.YourWildlife.org

 

https://twitter.com/RobRDunn

 

 

 

 

 

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North Carolina tests show vertical tillage increases wheat yields | Equipment content from Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina tests show vertical tillage increases wheat yields | Equipment content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Growers in North Carolina have begun to notice that wheat tends to be taller and to produce larger heads in response to sub-soil slits from previous crops, but whether the practice is really improving yields has been up for debate.

 

 

The research of Extension Crop Science Associate, Georgia Love's, tested vertical tillage --  systems which confine soil disturbance to soil movement chiefly upward and/or confined to the region for planting the next rows.

 

In Love's tests on $6/bushel wheat, the method added $15 per acre profit.

 

Other results and equipment types are discussed.

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New blog from the JC Raulston Arboretum, CALS, NCSU

New blog from the JC Raulston Arboretum, CALS, NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
(by Christopher Todd Glenn)...

 

Check out the new blog from the award-winning JC Raulston Arboretum, part of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University. Assistant Director & Curator of Collections, Mark Weathington, is writing about his collecting trip in China.

 

Follow his progress as he experiences hard beds, rain, wonderful hospitality, marvelous botany, and adventure in search of fabulous plants!

 

Don't forget to visit the Arb's web site here!

http://www.ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum/index.php

 

Photo of osmanthus, which Mark writes about this week, courtesy JC Raulston Arboretum.

 

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Ponnusamy wins ESA award | http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/

Ponnusamy wins ESA award | http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/entomology/ | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it


Senior Researcher in Entomology, Longanathan (Logu) Ponnasamy, wins the prestigious Entomological Society of America Early Career Innovation Award for his research.

 

"Logu was recognized for his recent research on molecular microbial ecology of bacterial populations in mosquito habitats, microbe-insect interactions, and oviposition site attractants of mosquitoes, in collaboration with the Apperson and Schal labs. He helped develop a novel attract-and-kill management strategy for Aedes aegypti, using attractive bacteria in a sustained release formulation that attracts gravid females to lethal trap. He is also the principal investigator on an NIH R21 (exploratory) grant to identify bacterial factors that stimulate Aedes aegypti eggs to hatch."

 

More about Logu's work can be found here:

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

 

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Southeast soybean growers have ‘once in a blue moon’ opportunity this season | Soybeans content from Southeast Farm Press

Southeast soybean growers have ‘once in a blue moon’ opportunity this season | Soybeans content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Soybean growers in the Carolina’s and Virginia have more than two million acres of beans planted this year, much of the acreage in a late-planted, double-crop combination with wheat, barley, oats and a few other winter season crops.

 

“We do not recommend spraying soybeans with a fungicide to control Asian Soybean Rust if they are not yet blooming, if they are blooming, but rust has not been confirmed within 100 miles, or if full sized seeds are present in the top of the plant (stage R6),” says North Carolina State University Soybean Specialist Jim Dunphy.

 

Visit the Soybean Rust Forecast Homepage at our North American Plant Disease Forecast Center

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/pp/soybeanrust/

 

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Is Norovirus, a food borne pathogen? Conversation with Lee-Ann Jaykus, Ph.D.

"Is Norovirus, a food borne pathogen? with Lee-Ann Jaykus, Ph.D., Professor, Food Science, College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCState University, Raleigh, NC"

 

In this YouTube audio interview on the AME Food Testing Show (about 38 minutes long), Dr. Jaykus explains the research goals of her team, funded by a $25 million USDA grant --  USDA's largest ever for food safety.

 

Dr. Jaykus leads the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Food Virology Collaborative, which consists of more than 30 collaborators from academia, industry and government who will focus on enhanced understanding, surveillance and control of food-borne human noroviruses, with the ultimate goal of reducing the burden of food-borne disease and the human suffering it causes.

 

Dr. Jaykus explains that Norovirus biology differs from that of bacteria, presenting unique challenges in detection, deactivation, and infection prevention.

 

Find more here:

http://www.ncsu.edu/faculty-and-staff/bulletin/2011/08/nullifying-norovirus/

 

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NC State News and Information » Importance of Gene-Gene Interactions Shown in Study

NC State News and Information » Importance of Gene-Gene Interactions Shown in Study | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

A new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences shows that the epistatic network in fruit flies can be used to predict variation in quantitative genetic traits -- those controlled by multiple genes.

 

A team of researchers at NC State University published the paper, for  which Dr. Trudy Mackay, Wm. Neal Reynolds and Distinguished University Professor of Genetics, is the corresponding author.

 

The paper bolsters the effort to predict how genes affect physical or behavioral traits through the genotype-phenotype map. Understanding how genes interact in the process known as epistasis would move the effort closer to the goal.

 

The effects of these gene-gene interactions ... are difficult to gauge in human populations because some variations are unknown, says Dr. Trudy Mackay.

 

The pnas paper can be found here:
http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/08/29/1213423109

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