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Tag: college of agriculture and life sciences

diagram of a solar-powered greenhouse

Mar 17, 2021

Study Finds Plants Would Grow Well in Solar Cell Greenhouses

You can definitely grow plants (and make electricity) in a greenhouse made of see-through solar panels. 

Samantha Jordt and a aquatic insect larva

Mar 17, 2021

Abundant and Stable Rocks Are Critical Egg-laying Habitat for Insects in Restored Streams

The abundance and other characteristics of rocks partially extending above the water surface could be important for improving the recovery of aquatic insect populations in restored streams. 

Photo of rice grains.

Mar 12, 2021

Farm-Level Study Shows Rising Temperatures Hurt Rice Yields

Long-term study in the Philippines tracks the effects of warming temperatures on yields of a staple crop - rice. 

sign that says beer

Mar 9, 2021

A How-To Manual on the Science of Making Good Beer

If you're teaching a course on brewing beer, and you can't find the book you want, you write it yourself. 

fruit fly on a berry

Feb 15, 2021

Invasive Flies Prefer Untouched Territory When Laying Eggs

The finding raises questions about how the flies can tell whether a piece of fruit is virgin territory – and what that might mean for pest control. 

Four coronaviruses as viewed with an electron microscope

Feb 9, 2021

Study Yields Recommendations To Prevent Outbreaks From Waterborne Coronaviruses

Researchers suggest ways to prevent exposure to airborne pathogens from wastewater. 

Lactobacillus gasseri

Feb 1, 2021

Lactobacillus Manipulates Bile Acids To Create Favorable Gut Environment

Probiotic bacteria create a better environment for their survival by manipulating bile acids. 

line drawings of arthropods from a coloring book

Jan 29, 2021

If You Love Insects and Other Arthropods, We Have the Coloring Book for You

Check out the free coloring book with the best name ever: "Arthropods!" 

jar of sourdough starter

Jan 26, 2021

Intercontinental Study Sheds Light on the Microbial Life of Sourdough

Conventional wisdom is wrong. And sourdough is complicated. 

Creative rendition of SARS-COV-2 virus particles.

Jan 21, 2021

Vaccine Q&A: Vaccination Rates and New Mutations of the Virus

Let's talk about mutations to the virus that causes COVID-19. 

Queen bee

Jan 21, 2021

Podcast: Queen Bees and Hive Failure

A hive is only as healthy as its queen. Alison McAfee discusses queen failure. 

Beekeeper holds up boards covered with bees

Jan 13, 2021

Shedding Light on the Secret Reproductive Lives of Honey Bees

Research at NC State and the University of British Columbia shows that there are trade-offs between sperm viability and the expression of a protein involved in the insect’s immune response. 

vial of vaccine

Jan 7, 2021

Vaccine Q&A: Do I Need One Dose or Two?

The rollout of the COVID-19 vaccines has been slower than many people were hoping for. And that has led to various suggestions on ways that governments should modify the plan for getting people vaccinated. The variety of suggestions being put forward can be pretty confusing. Some are calling for everyone to get just one dose… 

Two people working on an electronic device

Jan 5, 2021

Robots in the Air and on the Water Could Improve Shellfish Farming

How aquatic robots could help shape the future of oyster farming. 

drawing of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Dec 16, 2020

Vaccine Q&A: Returning to Normal and Planning for the Future

How do we prevent this from happening again?