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Sep 15, 2023

No Pollen, No Seeds: Genome Editing Technique Yields Useful Traits

Tweaks to the mitochondrial genome hold the potential for better hybrid seed production or to introduce seedless fruits. 

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Oct 7, 2020

Measuring Greenhouse Gases Starts in Soil

Scientists are tackling the climate challenge posed by nitrous oxide releases from farms. 

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Oct 29, 2019

Interpreting the Growing Field of On-Farm Data

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

Jun 14, 2017

Butterflies Get Royal Treatment on Golf Course

A team of volunteers supported by NC State and BASF plants milkweed and wildflowers at the Lonnie Poole Golf Course to create a habitat for rare monarch butterflies. 

May 17, 2016

Assessing the Positive and Negative Claims About Genetically Engineered Crops

Genetically engineered crops stir strong feelings from both critics and supporters. We talk to the researcher who chaired the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine committee that just released a report, “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experience and Prospects,” which examines the evidence behind positive and negative claims about GE crops, and the research challenges that lie ahead. 

Jun 10, 2014

Return of the Native

When Pinehurst No. 2 hosts two U.S. Opens this summer, the world will see an NC State-led restoration that returns the course its native roots -- and sets a template for a more sustainable North Carolina golf industry. 

Mar 26, 2012

Mullahey to Lead Crop Science

The new department head in crop science is a University of Florida research and education center director with academic and professional roots in North Carolina. 

Sep 2, 2011

The Real Home Field Advantage

All school colors are not created equal - at least where football fields are concerned. 

Mar 25, 2010

Melton Heads Crop Science

Dr. Tom Melton, assistant director of Cooperative Extension and director of the National Science Foundation Center for Integrated Pest Management, been named interim head of the Department of Crop Science in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. 

Aug 7, 2009

Greener Ways to Greener Lawns

During the record-setting 2007-08 drought in North Carolina, when the governor called water conservation everyone’s patriotic duty, a brown lawn was a badge of honor instead of a neighborhood blight. But even before the drought began, NC State researchers were studying ways to use less water in outdoor irrigation, which could make green yards honorable during future dry spells.