Posts Tagged ‘genetics’

April Wynn chosen for Preparing the Professoriate program

April Wynn

As a CALS doctoral candidate in genetics and one of the newest fellows of N.C. State University’s Preparing the Professoriate program, April Wynn is a giant step closer to living her dream.

Solving molecular mysteries

Linda Hanley-Bowdoin

Over the years he’s spent studying cassava mosaic disease, Tanzanian scientist Dr. Joseph Ndunguru has noted something curious: Wherever there are DNA molecules called satellites associated with the geminiviruses contributing to the disease, symptoms are greater and losses are heavier – even in plants bred specifically to resist the disease.
Figuring out more about those subviral particles could be key, Ndunguru believes, to developing a strategy to beat the disease for good. That’s why he has teamed with CALS’ Dr. Linda Hanley-Bowdoin on a project designed to yield the scientific insight necessary to do just that.

Mackay wins North Carolina award

Dr. Trudy Mackay is the ninth current N.C. State faculty member to be elected into the National Academy of Sciences, one of the world’s most important scientific societies.

Dr. Trudy Mackay is among a group of distinguished North Carolinians who will receive the North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor the state bestows, at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10, at the N. C. Museum of History.

Fly aggression involves complicated gene networks

Trudy Mackay and Robert Anholt

Fruit fly aggression is correlated with smaller brain parts, involves complex interactions between networks of important genes, and often cannot be controlled with mood-altering drugs like lithium. Those are the results of a painstaking study conducted by researchers at N.C. State University and colleagues in Belgium.

David Higgins: Figuring out flower development

David Higgins

This CALS senior and recipient of a national undergraduate research fellowship isn’t content to leave scientific questions unanswered. With plant geneticist Dr. Bob Franks, he’s been studying how flowers develop.

N.C. State researchers to study genetics of heat tolerance in poultry

Turkeys

Poultry science researchers at N.C. State University and two other institutions are hoping to learn more about the genetic traits and responses that could help poultry better cope with heat stress. Such knowledge will help poultry producers around the world plan for rising temperatures from global climate change.

N.C. Research Campus, Davidson College students collaborate on blueberry genome sequencing project

Blueberries

Dr. Allan Brown, assistant professor with N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus, is leading the effort to sequence the blueberry genome. Seven Davidson College undergraduates, in a course led by biology professor Dr. A. Malcolm Campbell, have been given a sneak peek at a portion of the berry’s DNA.

New plant breeding technology is topic of Wernsman Lecture

Geoff Graham, senior director of North America Maize Product Development for Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc., will deliver the 11th annual Earl A. Wernsman Seminar on April 8, 2 p.m., in 216 Mann Hall, N.C. State University. The student-arranged lecture is sponsored by the Crop Science Graduate Student Association.

Atchley awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine

Rep. Maggie Jeffus presents the Order of the Long Leaf Pine to Dr. William Atchley.

One of the the most prestigious awards granted by the governor of North Carolina, the order is presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state.

CALS alumnus appointed to the Society of Fellows at Harvard University

Julien Ayroles, a recent Ph.D. graduate from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Department of Genetics, will investigate one of the most fundamental goals in modern biology — to understand the relationship between genotypic and phenotypic variation.

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