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Agriculture and Life Sciences

three scientists with an electrofisher mounted on a small boat

Jan 16, 2020

How Do You Count Fish in a Creek?

How do scientists count fish in the wild? 

Christmas tree farm in North Carolina

Dec 17, 2019

UAVs and Christmas Trees: New Research to Help NC Growers Benefit From Drone Technology

Can drones give the Christmas tree business a leg up? Let's find out! 

Dunaliella saltwater algae

Dec 16, 2019

Salty Algae Leads to Sweet Success

NC State University professor Heike Sederoff started studying saltwater algae more than a decade ago as part of a project to use algae to make biofuel. This research led to a recent paper in the journal Nature and a biofuels patent application. 


Dec 6, 2019

Citizen Scientists Help Solve Ant Enigma

Where did these ants come from, anyway? 

two bottles of infused oil

Dec 4, 2019

How to Infuse Oils, Vinegars, Liquor or Honey (Without Making People Barf)

Food safety tips for making hand-crafted gifts of infused oils, etc. 

Anna Stepanova and Jose Alonso in a room for growing plants.

Nov 12, 2019

Genetic Engineering Tools Produce Better-Modified Plants Faster, Easier

New genetic engineering tools make recombineering large plant genes faster and easier. 

smartphone in front of a field

Oct 29, 2019

Interpreting the Growing Field of On-Farm Data

How farmers are capturing -- and using -- data to boost crop yields. 

child and adult fishing on the beach

Oct 7, 2019

Another Casualty of Climate Change? Recreational Fishing

Research finds that recreational fishing will likely be another casualty of climate change. 

diver stacks cinderblocks on ocean floor

Oct 1, 2019

Predators and Hidey-Holes Are Good for Reef Fish Populations

Research highlights two factors that play a critical role in supporting reef fish populations. 

Azteca ants entering a hole in a plant surface

Aug 20, 2019

For at Least One Species, Ant Nurseries Are Cleaner Than Human Ones

When it comes to keeping a clean home, humans could learn something from ants. 

NC State gateway at sunset

Aug 19, 2019

6 Subjects in Top 50 Globally

Six NC State disciplines rank among the best in the world, according to the Shanghai Rankings. NC State scores among the top 300 institutions overall. 

Insects on a tobacco leaf.

Aug 8, 2019

Tobacco Plant ‘Stickiness’ Aids Helpful Insects, Plant Health

Sticky plants can have mutually beneficial relationships with opportunistic insects, like the one between tobacco and the spined stilt bug. 

bumblebee hovers near flower

Jul 30, 2019

Children Prefer Faraway Wildlife to Local Nature

Children in both rural and urban areas prefer faraway animals to local wildlife. 

hands hold smartphone and sampling container for plant disease detection tech

Jul 29, 2019

Portable Tech Sniffs Out Plant Disease In The Field

Researchers have developed portable technology that allows farmers to identify plant diseases in the field. The handheld device, which is plugged into a smartphone, works by sampling the airborne volatile organic compounds that plants release through their leaves. 

Photo of two scientists in front of soybean plants

Jul 22, 2019

From the Lab and Greenhouse to Farmers’ Fields

New soybean research with roots in the North Carolina Plant Sciences Initiative aims to protect the crop from climate change.