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Wheat weed control topic of North Carolina meeting | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press

Wheat weed control topic of North Carolina meeting | Grains content from Southeast Farm Press | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
Based on last year’s success and the ongoing high prices for soybeans for double-cropping, North Carolina growers are expected to plant another record crop of wheat this fall.

 

Weed specialist & researcher, Wes Everman, will be the primary speaker.

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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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Second West Nile death & 3 new cases reported across the state of North Carolina

Second West Nile death & 3 new cases reported across the state of North Carolina | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
The new cases are part of a national epidemic that’s on pace to be the worst in the 13-year history of the disease in the United States.

 

CALS Public Health Entomologist, Dr. Michael Reiskind, comments on the ecology of the disease and the difficulty of predicting outbreaks.

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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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Soybean Rust Found In North Carolina - Earliest On Record | AgFax.com

Soybean Rust Found In North Carolina - Earliest On Record | AgFax.com | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it
This is the earliest that soybean rust has been detected in North Carolina. Rust was identified on one of four leaves brought to the lab. The earliest detection of soybean rust in North Carolina in previous years was September 15th in 2007.

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NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Study Finds How BPA Affects Gene Expression, Anxiety; Soy Mitigates Effects

NC State News :: NC State News and Information » Study Finds How BPA Affects Gene Expression, Anxiety; Soy Mitigates Effects | Research from the NC Agricultural Research Service | Scoop.it

"New research led by researchers at North Carolina State University shows that exposure to the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) early in life results in high levels of anxiety by causing significant gene expression changes in a specific region of the brain called the amygdala. The researchers also found that a soy-rich diet can mitigate these effects.

 

“We knew that BPA could cause anxiety in a variety of species, and wanted to begin to understand why and how that happens,” says Dr. Heather Patisaul, Associate Professor of Biology at NC State and lead author of a paper describing the work. BPA is a chemical used in a wide variety of polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins, and is used in consumer products such as some food containers."

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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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