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N.C. Research Campus partnership launches $1.5M program immersing students in science | Plants For Human Health Institute

N.C. Research Campus partnership launches $1.5M program immersing students in science | Plants For Human Health Institute | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Agricultural enterprise budgets, business management plans, fresh produce safety and market info to help farmers be more successful and profitable.
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An unprecedented partnership of academic and industry organizations at the North Carolina Research Campus has launched a groundbreaking $1.5 million program to engage college students from across the state in a first-of-its-kind education and research endeavor.

 

Called the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP), the program teams university scientists, industry leaders and college students, who together will explore plant pathways to answer why and how plants, like fruits and vegetables, benefit human health. P2EP aims to foster scientific discoveries, provide educational opportunities and create a vast knowledge base of plant pathways research.

 

Read more | http://tinyurl.com/lnr247s

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North Carolina researchers seek organic alternative to chlorine

North Carolina researchers seek organic alternative to chlorine | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
In March, N.C. State University hired Chen Jiang, a graduate student, to assist Penelope Perkins-Veazie with the postharvest research.
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Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie's team at the Plants for Human Health Institute is investigating plant-based compounds as produce washes, for food safety & longer shelf life, with acceptability for organic food labeling. Read more | http://tinyurl.com/oyj4te5

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Peach genome offers insights into breeding strategies for biofuels crops

Peach genome offers insights into breeding strategies for biofuels crops | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Rapidly growing trees like poplars and willows are candidate "biofuel crops" from which it is expected that cellulosic ethanol and higher energy content fuels can be efficiently extracted.
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Peach Genome Offers Insights Into Breeding Strategies for Biofuels Crops: Dr. Bryon Sosinski of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University is part of the research team which has sequenced Prunus persica, a close relative of potential biofuel crops, poplar and willow. The new sequence data is expected to be helpful in breeding such crops. Read more | http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/03/130324152303.htm

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Tracking Parallel Pathways of Obesity, Diabetes and Inflammation | North Carolina Research Campus

Tracking Parallel Pathways of Obesity, Diabetes and Inflammation | North Carolina Research Campus | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky, Asst. Prof. of Pharmacogenomics at the Plants for Human Health Institute searches for plant-derived compounds from Thunder God Vine, blueberries and blueberries to address these diseases, along with PHHI collaborators, such as Dr. Mary Ann Lila and Dr. Allan Brown. Read more: http://www.ncresearchcampus.net/partners-and-research/latest-research/tracking-parallel-pathways-of-obesity-diabetes-and-inflammation

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Carolinas Superintendents Commit $83,000 to Research

Carolinas Superintendents Commit $83,000 to Research | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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The joint research project of CALS' plant pathologist, Dr. Jim Kearns, and Clemson University will run for three years, and focus on mini-ring disease of ultradwarf turfgrass. | Read more | http://tinyurl.com/dxdu6mb ; | Photo:

the Lonnie Poole Golf Course at NC State University

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Genomics students contribute to collaborative, computerized effort to build better blueberries

Genomics students contribute to collaborative, computerized effort to build better blueberries | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Nine students who are involved in a multi-institutional effort to produce better blueberries only see the fruit as codes, symbols, numbers and letters on computer screens, rather than the nutritional, sweet treat they love.
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Genomics students contribute to collaborative computerized effort to build better blueberries | Davidson students join an undergraduate project to annotate the blueberry genome. The project includes Lenoir Rhyne College, CALS, and the NC Research Campus (NCRC) at Kannapolis and is funded by the NC Biotech Center. The goal is to breed berries which are larger, tastier, and disease-resistant. The project is run by Dr. Allan Brown of the Plants for Human Health Institute at the NCRC.  |  Read more: http://tinyurl.com/aktc9gf

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Carolina research focused on enhanced levels of lutein in broccoli | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press

Carolina research focused on enhanced levels of lutein in broccoli | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A new North Carolina State University study is focused on enhanced levels of lutein in broccoli.
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Dr. Allan Brown is breeding broccoli for increased content of the antioxidant, lutein, to help combat macular degeneration, a major cause of blindness. His research at the Plants for Human Health Institute is funded by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center & Monsanto. Read more here | http://southeastfarmpress.com/vegetables/new-broccoli-would-help-fight-age-related-eye-problems | And the PHHI web site is here | http://plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/

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NCSU's Dunphy, Koenning Involved In Award Winning Crop Protection

NCSU's Dunphy, Koenning Involved In Award Winning Crop Protection | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
These two NCSU CALS professors have striven to have an impact on the ASR threat.
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Crop scientist, Dr. Jim Dunphy & plant pathologist, Dr. Steve Koenning, have for years partnered to combat Asian Soybean Rust, which in some countries caused 80% crop loss. They helped develop an Integrated Pest Management system for the disease, the Soybean Rust PIPE, which can be found here:

http://sbr.ipmpipe.org/cgi-bin/sbr/public.cgi

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China: Government to boost seed industry

China: Government to boost seed industry | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
China has vowed to boost its seed industry over the next decade to ensure grain stocks grow, amid fears that limited arable land and water may become constraints for agricultural production.

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NCSU Research Explains How Vermicompost-Amended Soils Ward Off Crop Pests / Press Releases / News and Media / Southern SARE - SARE

NCSU Research Explains How Vermicompost-Amended Soils Ward Off Crop Pests / Press Releases / News and Media / Southern SARE - SARE | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Grants and outreach to advance sustainable innovations to the whole of American agriculture.
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Dr. Yasmin Cardoza and grad student, Amos Little, studied how compost helps plants resist insect pests such as corn earworm, cabbage worm, green peach aphid and cabbage aphid. The research was funded by the Southern SARE program.

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Cornell Chronicle: Major crop gene breakthrough

Cornell Chronicle: Major crop gene breakthrough | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

With projections of 9.5 billion people by 2050, humankind faces the challenge of feeding modern diets to additional mouths while using the same amounts of water, fertilizer and arable land as today.


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Mother Nature’s steroids

Mother Nature’s steroids | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

It turns out Mom was right – greens really are good for us.

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A team from Rutgers and the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, NC, made the discovery.

 

Dr. Debora Esposito, a Rutgers/NCSU postdoctoral associate hosted at the NCSU PHHI and Dr. lavko Komarnytsky, metabolic biologist and assistant professor there, with Rutgers researcher found evidence that steroids produced by certain plants can increase lean body mass, muscle fiber populations, and even endurance of muscles.


Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2013/01/06/3768076/mother-natures-steroids.html#storylink=cpy
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N.C. State scientists work to stop the spread of boxwood blight | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sc..., NCSU

N.C. State scientists work to stop the spread of boxwood blight | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sc..., NCSU | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Since colonial days, the boxwood has been an important part of American gardens and landscapes. Research from N.C. State University is designed to help keep it that way, in spite of the threat to the plant posed by a disease new to the United States.

 

"N.C. State researchers and extension specialists have led the way in the United States when it comes to finding methods of protect the popular landscape plant from boxwood blight. They were among the first – if not the first – university researchers to alert the public and the landscape and nursery industry to the blight’s presence when it was first found and confirmed in the United States in October 2011. And now they are leading the way in a study to determine which commercially available boxwood species are most susceptible and which ones can withstand the fungus, Cylindroclaidium buxicola, that causes the disease. ..."

 

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Werner honored with Burbank Award | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Werner honored with Burbank Award | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State
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Dr. Dennis Werner, JC Raulston Distinguished Professor of Horticultural Science, has won the American Horticultural Society’s Luther Burbank Award. Given in odd years, the award recognizes extraordinary achievement in plant breeding. It is named for legendary plant breeder Luther Burbank & is one of the society’s Great American Gardener awards. (Dr. Werner is pictured with the weeping redbud, Ruby Falls, he developed. |  http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/news-center/media-releases/werner-honored-with-burbank-award/

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Agriculture brings science and math to life for North Carolina high school students

Agriculture brings science and math to life for North Carolina high school students | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The Produce News - Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897
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Agriculture brings science & math to life for NC high school students: Strawberry breeder, Dr. Jeremy Pattison at the Plants for Human Health Institute, part of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, helps create a real-world research experience for Rowan County high school students Watch the video here: http://www.producenews.com/index.php/90-videos/10333-agriculture-brings-science-and-math-to-life-for-north-carolina-high-school-students

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N.C. State Researchers Create Fruit, Vegetable-infused Ingredients for U.S. Army Rations | Plants For Human Health Institute

N.C. State Researchers Create Fruit, Vegetable-infused Ingredients for U.S. Army Rations | Plants For Human Health Institute | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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NC State University has gained US Army support to create functional food ingredients from fruits & vegetables that will be used to develop healthier, more portable combat rations. Researchers with CALS' Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), at the NC Research Campus, in Kannapolis, are infusing protein powders & flours, the kinds found at health & nutrition stores, with health-promoting compounds from greens kale & muscadine grapes. Read more | http://plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/?p=8971

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Billionaire Murdock gives $50M to support scientific research :: Editor's Blog at WRAL Tech Wire

Billionaire Murdock gives $50M to support scientific research :: Editor's Blog at WRAL Tech Wire | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
David H. Murdock gives $50 million to the research institute that bears his name in Kannapolis.
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 The gift will support daily operations at the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI), the core labs for the NCRC, which includes CALS' Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI).

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A Single Challenge, a Suite of Experts

A Single Challenge, a Suite of Experts | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Changing climates mean new stresses for plant life. With NSF support, NC State researchers in computer engineering, biological engineering and plant biology are studying how plants will respond to those stresses.
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CALS' plant biologist, Dr. Terri Long (pictured), joins two computer engineers & an environmental engineer in a multidisciplinary team. The group will create computer models of how plants will respond to future stress, such as nutrient deficiencies and climate change, to address world food security. Read article |  http://www.ncsu.edu/features/2013/04/a-single-challenge-a-suite-of-experts/

 

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BIOFUELS: Research breakthrough seen helping engineer better feedstocks

BIOFUELS: Research breakthrough seen helping engineer better feedstocks | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

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BIOFUELS: Research breakthrough seen helping engineer better feedstocks | CALS researcher Dr. Candace Haigler is part of team whose groundbreaking research created a 3-D model of the plant enzyme, celullose synthase, responsible for cellulose biosynthesis. The model, based on cotton fibers, will be used to study other crops and develop crops for biofuels & other uses. The paper appears in the prestigious journal, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  |  News article  |  http://tinyurl.com/b5xr77m |  Paper in PNAS  |  http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2013/04/16/1301027110

 

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Three Honored for Global Efforts

Three Honored for Global Efforts | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Three NC State educators were honored with the Outstanding Global Engagement Award from the Office of International Affairs last week.
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Three educators received the Outstanding Global Engagement Award from the NCSU Office of International Affairs last week. CALS faculty Dr. Siddhartha Thakur, Asst. Prof. of swine health & reproduction, and Dr. Qiuyun “Jenny” Xiang, Prof. of plant biology, were honored for their efforts to promote international research, teaching, extension and economic  development. Among the other nominees was Dr. Tomislav Vukina, Prof. of agricultural and resource economics. In photo: Dr. Xiang appears on the left and Dr. Thakur, on the right.

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Chasing down germplasm information (with tweets) · agrobiodiverse

How Twitter can help (@Seeds4Needs @IItta There's interest from Ghana too http://t.co/rnb4T93n)

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Solving molecular mysteries | CALS News Center Solving molecular mysteries

Solving molecular mysteries | CALS News Center Solving molecular mysteries | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State
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Researchers, Dr. Linda Hanley-Bowdoin and Tanzanian, Dr. Joseph Ndunguru, study satellite DNA to find ways to control Cassava mosaic virus.

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Plants for Human Health Institute - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Coordinates: 35°30′05″N 80°37′26″W / 35.501486°N 80.6240119°W / 35.501486; -80.6240119

The Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) is a North Carolina State University research and education organization located at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, North Carolina, USA. The institute is devoted to research involving food crops, like fruits and vegetables, and the potential health-promoting properties they convey when consumed.

PHHI is part of the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which staffs the institute with faculty from the departments of horticultural science; food, bioprocessing and nutrition sciences; plant biology; genetics; and agricultural and resource economics.[1] The institute has both research and Cooperative Extension components. Dr. Mary Ann Lila, a world-renowned blueberry researcher,[2] is director of the Plants for Human Health Institute.[3]

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Among the crops studied are blueberries, broccoli, cabbage, and strawberries.

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NC State News :: NC State News and Information » ‘Gold Standard’ Cotton Genome Sequenced

NC State News :: NC State News and Information » ‘Gold Standard’ Cotton Genome Sequenced | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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"An international consortium with representatives from most of the world’s major cotton-producing countries, led by Regents Professor Andrew Paterson of the University of Georgia and including Candace Haigler, a North Carolina State University professor of crop science and plant biology, has described the first ‘gold-standard’ genome sequence for cotton. Published today in Nature, this is the culmination of a more than 20-year effort in the analysis of cotton genes, chromosomes and their evolution."

 

Read the paper in Nature here:

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v492/n7429/full/nature11798.html\

 

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Demand, interest in hops soaring in North Carolina | Management content from Southeast Farm Press

Demand, interest in hops soaring in North Carolina | Management content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Demand and interest in hops is soaring in North Carolina, partly due to the re-location of three major beer breweries in the state.
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"Three large beer brewers are building their east coast breweries in North Carolina, combined with 60 or so craft beer brewers and a thriving number of amateur brewers and there has grown a significant demand for one of beer’s primary ingredients — hops.

 

"The crop is not native to the Tar Heel state, but has been grown in the past and can be grown now, but just how to do that has proven to be a perplexing challenge for North Carolina State University Horticulturist Jeanine Davis.

Davis and her research team at North Carolina State’s Mountain Horticultural Research Station in Mills River, N.C., and on the main campus in Raleigh, have taken up the challenge and are making progress in getting hops planted in the western and piedmont sections of North Carolina."

 

Davis and her team hope to benefit small and large breweries in the state.

 

 

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