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CALS Sustainability Office hosts Leadership Triangle program | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

CALS Sustainability Office hosts Leadership Triangle program | CALS News Center | News from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
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Dr. Danesha Seth Carley, Director of Sustainability Development for the Collete of Agriculture & Life Sciences at North Carolina State University,  talks small solutions, with big impact. Read more | http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/agcomm/news-center/perspectives/cals-sustainability-office-hosts-leadership-triangle-program/

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Feeding microbials to chickens leads to mysterious immune response

Feeding microbials to chickens leads to mysterious immune response | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
A paper recently published in the Journal of Animal Science helps researchers further understand how microbials and probiotics affect poultry health.

 

Dr. Matt Koci, poultry scientist, examined the effects of direct feeding on chick growth, metabolism, and immune response. Probiotics are typically added to chicken feeds to improve health; but how they do so is poorly understood.

 

Read the paper: Journal of Animal Science 90(8):2639-2651, 2012

http://dx.doi.org/10.2527/jas.2011-4611

 

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Kudzu bugs continue to spread | Soybeans | Content from Southeast Farm Press

Kudzu bugs continue to spread | Soybeans | Content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"Kudzu bugs, those tenacious little imports from Asia, continue to spread across the Southeast and continue to plague soybean growers, especially in the Carolinas." Entomology researcher, Dr. Dominic Reisig, says some growers sprayed prematurely; but damage is also difficult to predict.

 

Monitoring is more economical. Farmers can use the Southeast Early Detection Nertwork (SEEDN), here:

http://www.kudzubug.org/

 

There, farmers will find videos on how to sample for monitoring using sweep nets, information on control, and other resources.

 

The invasive insect has spread rapidly throughout the southeast in just a few growing seasons and is expected to have an economic impact in some areas.

 

photos: Richard Evans, USDA

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Athletic field paint steals spotlight from the grass it covers

Athletic field paint steals spotlight from the grass it covers | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Casey Reynolds, Grady Miller & Tom Rufty found that turfgrass components can affect grass photosynthesis and health. Research may lead to paints which are safer for the plants.

 

Read the new paper in Crop Science:

http://dx.doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2012.01.0059

 

 

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CALS Student Perspectives | Justin Hills | Traveling to Ghana to address health disparities

CALS Student Perspectives | Justin Hills | Traveling to Ghana to address health disparities | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Justin Hills, a rising junior, was drawn to science communication and public health while working in the lab of CALS Biologist, Dr. Rob Dunn (YourWildlife.org, @RobRDunn), Hoping to address racial and ethnic health disparities after graduation, Justin's preparation includes a summer Minority Health International Research Training Program in Ghana, where he conducted liver cancer research at a teaching hospital.

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CALS Student Perspectives | Rachel Turner: Future vet conducts colic research & travels ...

CALS Student Perspectives | Rachel Turner: Future vet conducts colic research & travels ... | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

Six CALS students -- Beneficiaries of the land-grant university education -- make their mark in academics, arts, research and more.

 

Future vet, Rachel Turner, conducts colic research & travels afar for animal care internships. "For as long as she can remember," she "has wanted to be a veterinarian." Along the way, she has been an international animal health intern in Sri Lanka, where she worked with elephants; and she has conducted resarch on equine colic -- a serious, sometimes fatal, digestive disorder of horses -- with Dr. Matthew Gerard,  who presented the findings at an international symosium last fall.

 

 

 

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Rubredoxin the Indestructible | Biochem Blogs

Rubredoxin the Indestructible | Biochem Blogs | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Rubredoxin protein from thermophilic and mesophilic bacteria are compared to examine features that result in thermostability
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Congratulations to Michael Simone-Finstrom for NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship to study honey bees

Congratulations to Michael Simone-Finstrom for NIFA Postdoctoral Fellowship to study honey bees | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

The project integrates Dr. Simone-Finstrom's research paradigm with new experimental methods including instrumental insemination and RNAi technologies to explore "social immunity" in honey bees.

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Turf War :: North Carolina State University Bulletin

Turf War :: North Carolina State University Bulletin | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS researhcers Casey Reynolds, Grady Miller & Tom Rufty find that turfgrass components can affect grass photosynthesis and health. Research may lead to paints which are safer for the plants.

 Read the new paper in Crop Science:
http://dx.doi.org/10.2135/cropsci2012.01.0059

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CALS Student Perspectives | David Higgins | Fellowship-winner focuses on flower development

CALS Student Perspectives | David Higgins | Fellowship-winner focuses on flower development | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

CALS grad, David Higgins, earned his BA in genetics & plant biology, working with geneticist, Dr. Bob Franks. His focus is flowers: How can we make plants grow better?  What genes participate in flower development? How do plants make flowers, anyway? The honors student says his undergrad research experience showed him the skills he needs to achieve his career goal; and he enters a PhD program in Plant Biology in the fall.

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CALS Student Perspectives | Emily Meineke | Scaling up research on a tiny pest

CALS Student Perspectives | Emily Meineke | Scaling up research on a tiny pest | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

PhD student, Emily Meineke, scales up research on a tiny pest.

 

Ever noticed how it's often hotter uptown than down? On pavement vs. grass? Emily Meineke's entomology research on scale insects examines why the tiny pest is so more abundant in cities than in towns. She hypothesizes that because cities -- with more pavement and fewer trees -- create "heat islands," these local temperature rises encourage scale to thrive. Her research has important implications for understanding the potential effects of climate change.

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