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Tradition meets innovation in CALS scientist’s tomato breeding efforts | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agricultu...

Tradition meets innovation in CALS scientist’s tomato breeding efforts | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agricultu... | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University

CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

Combining new tools, such as marker-assisted selection (MAS) with time-honored methods, Dr. Dilip Panthee carries on NCSU’s strong tradition in plant breeding, developing hardier, higher-yielding plants for NC's $30B/year tomato industry.

 

NCSU's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) has the nation’s largest university plant breeding program; and Pantheeproudly follows in the footsteps of Dr. Randy Gardner, a retired breeder credited with developing the cultivars used on some 60-75% of the vine-ripe tomatoes grown in the Eastern US.

 

Working at the Mt. Horticultural Crops Research & Extension Center in Mills River, Panthee focuses on developing tomato breeding lines and cultivars with three traits: disease resistance, fruit quality and stress tolerance. That’s because, in a survey he conducted, these three traits were the ones NC  growers reported needing the most.

 

Read more about our tomato breeding program:

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/news-center/?p=21430

 

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

 

http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/achievement/tomato_breeding.htm

 

Some of our releases:

http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/programs/tomato/publications.html

 

 

 

 

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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.
CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

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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New Book Encourages Readers to “Know Soil Know Life”

New Book Encourages Readers to “Know Soil Know Life” | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Published by the Soil Science Society of America and targeted to high school students, "Know Soil Know Life" challenges readers to see soil not as inert "dirt" but as living material that carries out critical functions for people and the environment.
CALS Research, NCSU's insight:

CALS soil scientist, Dr. David Lindbo, co-edited the book, which includes a lengthy chapter on careers in soils.

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NC Agriculture Exports Hit Record | WUNC-FM

NC Agriculture Exports Hit Record | WUNC-FM | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The latest numbers from the US Department of Agriculture show more and more countries want NC products.


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