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peanuts

May 6, 2024

Growing a Homerun Peanut

Nearly all of the peanuts we munch on at baseball games come from the peanut breeding program at NC State University. 

A black and white cow eating in a barn.

Apr 24, 2024

What to Know About Avian Influenza in N.C. Dairy Cattle

Virus expert Matt Koci, from the Prestage Department of Poultry Science, sheds light on highly pathogenic avian influenza in dairy cows and what it means for consumers and farmers. 

a car splashes through floodwaters on a roadway

Apr 23, 2024

‘Sunny Day Flooding’ Increases Fecal Contamination of Coastal Waters

The findings suggest public health officials should be aware of potential risks associated with tidal flooding. 

a man stands at a podium

Apr 23, 2024

Celebrating Connection: Applied Ecology Turns 10

Faculty, staff and students from the Department of Applied Ecology recently celebrated 10 years as a department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. 

Researcher tests for Salmonella on a backyard farm.

Apr 23, 2024

Study Compares Salmonella Rates in Backyard, Commercial Poultry Farm Samples

Researchers find less Salmonella on backyard poultry farms. But concerns remain about the prevalence of multidrug-resistant bacteria on both large and small farms. 

NC State's Memorial Belltower lit red.

Apr 18, 2024

6 Faculty Members Elected as AAAS Fellows

Faculty receive distinguished honor from the world's largest scientific society. 

Adrian Percy addresses a crowd from a podium

Apr 16, 2024

N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative Launches Startup Incubator and Seed2Grow Program

The N.C. Plant Sciences incubator provides lab and office space for emerging companies taking discoveries from plant sciences research and turning them into marketable solutions for agriculture and the environment. 

lotus roots

Apr 8, 2024

Giving Symbiosis Back to the Brassicas

Heike Sederoff and her team are trying to understanding the symbiotic relationship between certain plants and the fungi and bacteria in the soil so they might some day return that lost relationship to the brassicas. 

Rows of crops on a farm

Mar 25, 2024

New Software Boosts Accuracy of Tech to Measure Crop Health

A new tool improves the accuracy of electronic devices that measure the color of a plant’s leaves to assess health. 

tiny green plants

Mar 19, 2024

Domesticating Duckweed, 300 Samples at a Time

What does it take to domesticate a plant? Ryan Sartor is creating unique systems for testing duckweed, an aquatic plant that grows on wastewater. 

photo shows a green, leafy plant against a white backdrop

Mar 13, 2024

Simple Trick Could Improve Accuracy of Plant Genetics Research

A simple trick improves the accuracy of techniques that help us understand how external variables – such as temperature – affect gene activity in plants. 

Late blight disease on potato leaf.

Feb 15, 2024

Using Written Records – and Tweets – as a Roadmap for Plant Disease Spread

Examining keyword terms from historic and modern texts can help researchers track and visualize plant diseases like late blight. 

Rebecca Irwin

Feb 13, 2024

Irwin to Study Bee Abundance With Support From Kriz Endowment

With support from the Kriz Faculty Study Leave Endowment, Rebecca Irwin, professor of applied ecology, will return to Colorado later this year to continue studying bee abundance in the Rocky Mountains. 

adult corn earworm moth

Feb 5, 2024

Beam Me Up: Using Lasers to Detect Moth Migrations

How (and why) researchers are using lasers to detect moth migrations in North Carolina. 

Man standing in an indoor shop in front of a tractor .

Jan 22, 2024

How a Distinguished Professorship Became a Career Pinnacle

Gary Roberson, the Charles W. Suggs Distinguished Professor in CALS, is retiring after 40 years. His relationship with a departmental legend — the donor and namesake behind his title — helped pave his way to success.