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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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Biotech Center awards $2.9M in loans, grants across NC :: Editor's Blog at WRAL Tech Wire

Biotech Center awards $2.9M in loans, grants across NC :: Editor's Blog at WRAL Tech Wire | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Dr. Allan Brown, of the Plants for Human Health Institute, part of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at NC State University, received $95,525 to evaluate the potential to increase lutein in commercial broccoli. The project could yield a superior product for Monsanto which can be offered to consumers to reduce onset & progression of degenerative eye diseases such as cataracts & age-related macular degeneration.

 

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North Carolina, Tennessee scientists teaming up to improve organic produce safety | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina, Tennessee scientists teaming up to improve organic produce safety | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A group of scientists at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and North Carolina State University are working together to improve the safety of organic produce — naturally.
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Scientists at the Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), part of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will work with UT researchers to develop a wash to reduce foodborne illness caused by E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria.

 

CALS project partners include Jonathan Baros, farm & agribusiness management, PHHI; Jeanine Davis, Associate Professor & Extension Specialist, organic crops; MaryAnne Drake, Professor, sensory analysis & flavor chemistry; Diane Ducharme, GAPs Program Coordinator & Extension Associate, horticulture & food safety, PHHI; & Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Professor & postharvest physiologist, PHHI.

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Fruit, vegetable growers set for big Carolina expo | Southeast Farm Press

Fruit, vegetable growers set for big Carolina expo |  Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A crowd of 600-700 fruit and vegetable growers from the Carolinas will gather on Nov. 26-28 for the 27th annual Carolina Vegetable and Fruit Expo.

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North Carolina presents specialty crops grants | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press

North Carolina presents specialty crops grants | Vegetables content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
North Carolina has awarded $1.2 million in specialty crops grants, some of which targets organic production.

 

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North Carolina State University received five of the grants, some geared directly toward improving the states already thriving organic farming enterprise. The state is one of few in the Southeast with an ongoing organic crops research and outreach program.

 

"Chris Reberg-Horton, who heads the North Carolina State organic crops program, says these crops are growing in size and economic importance to North Carolina and the Carolina-Virginia region.  ... "

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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
Agricultural enterprise budgets, business management plans, fresh produce safety and market info to help farmers be more successful and profitable.
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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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Introduction Video | Plants For Human Health Institute

Introduction Video | 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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At the Plants for Human Health Institute, PHHI, of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, NCSU, scientists are solving grand challenges in agriculture, nutrition & human health. Groundbreaking, transdisciplinary discovery & outreach will pioneer a dramatic shift in the way Americans view & use food crops, not merely for nutrients & calories, but as a powerful resource for components that protect & enhance health.

 

Integrated research in biochemistry, breeding, epigenetics, metabolomics, pharmacogenomics, postharvest attributes and systems biology will lead to the development of mainstream fruits, vegetables and natural products containing bioactives with enhanced health benefits. The resuls will allow consumers to make proactive, responsible dietary choices that benefit their own, and their family’s, health.

 

This 10-minute video provides an overview of our work.

http://plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu/about/introduction-video/

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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

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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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Insurance News - Fruit, vegetable growers set for big Carolina expo

Insurance News - Fruit, vegetable growers set for big Carolina expo | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Keynote speaker for the Expo is Richard Linton, recently appointed Dean of the College of Agriculture at North Carolina State University.

 

Many CALS researchers will speak on fruit & vegetable production, grafting technologies, enterprise budgets, risk management and more.

 

 

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