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Author: Mick Kulikowski

Tesosinte mexicana in a field.

Jun 30, 2022

Borrowed Gene Helps Maize Adapt to High Elevations, Cold Temperatures

Important flowering time gene has origins in a Mexican highlands crop that is a precursor to modern-day corn. 

Bumble bee on a flower

Jun 13, 2022

Shorter, Wider Flowers May Transmit More Parasites to Bees

Flower shape has biggest effect on parasite transmission to bees, according to a new study. 

Female cockroach feeding on gift from male cockroach

May 12, 2022

Sugar Aversion Hampers Cockroach Coupling

How does a cockroach's aversion to sugar turn into an aversion to mating? NC State researchers discover the mechanism behind this behavior. 

The wrap-and-plant technology displayed in a Kenyan field.

Mar 7, 2022

Banana ‘Paper’ Stymies Potato Pest

Made from banana waste, the paper blocks growth and infestation of a nasty worm that wreaks havoc with potato plants. 

NC State's Memorial Belltower lit red at night

Jan 26, 2022

AAAS Elects Fellows

The election of eight faculty researchers to the prestigious scientific society signals NC State's rising reputation as a research powerhouse. 

cover crops in a field

Nov 30, 2021

Study Suggests Crop Insurance Plays Small Role in Discouraging Cover Crop Use in Indiana

Study findings could help researchers understand more about the unintended consequences of crop insurance subsidies. 

Nov 19, 2021

NC State Meeting N.C.’s Growing STEM Needs

NC State will add 2,000 undergraduate and 2,000 graduate students in engineering and computer science over the next five years. 

field with irrigation sprinkler head

Nov 8, 2021

Irrigation, Water Management Play Key Roles in Smoothing Drought Impacts

Researchers take historical view of agricultural production and weather data to learn more about farmers' responses to drought in the U.S. 

Corn on the stalk.

Oct 11, 2021

Warmer Temperatures May Decrease Yields of Densely Planted Corn

Models suggest providing more space for corn plants in a warming world. 

A portrait of Jacob Jones, Jacob Jones, director of the STEPS Center and professor of materials science and engineering at NC State

Sep 9, 2021

New NSF Center Will Advance Phosphorus Sustainability

A new interdisciplinary center will advance ambitious goals to reduce phosphorus dependence — with the support of a five-year, $25 million grant. 

corn plants

Aug 13, 2021

Crop Insurance and Unintended Consequences

New study shows that crop insurance may serve as a disincentive for farmers to adopt climate change mitigation practices. 

A portrait of NC State professor James Lester, against a stylized background.

Jul 29, 2021

NC State, NSF Unveil Institute Focused on Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Education

A new NSF-funded institute will focus on creating AI tools to help people learn. 

corn plants in bags

Jul 21, 2021

Microbes Play Role in Corn ‘Hybrid Vigor’

Tiny soil organisms have surprising effects on a crop phenomenon that generally favors hybrid over inbred plants. 

tobacco plants in the field

Jul 12, 2021

New Technique Reduces Nicotine Levels, Harmful Compounds Simultaneously in Tobacco

Four carcinogenic compounds in tobacco were reduced in experiments. 

Soybean plants in the field.

Jul 9, 2021

Elevated Warming, Ozone Have Detrimental Effects on Plant Roots, Promote Soil Carbon Loss

Soybean plant roots weaken when placed under climate change stresses, a new study shows.