Mary Lewis spent six weeks traveling around Costa Rica working on research designed to shed light on one of the most important diseases affecting bananas. While her focus was the fungal disease black sigatoka, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences student says the experience taught her just as much – or more – about what it takes to work in a foreign country and to interact with people from other cultures.
Dr. Steven Lommel, associate director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service and North Carolina State University assistant vice chancellor for research, has been accepted to the two-year Food Systems Leadership Institute program.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Environmental Expertise: Pest Management
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.
Jacobo Rozo Posso developed an interest in science and plants as an 8-year-old. He’s 17 now, a junior at Cary High School. Science is still his passion and an interest that is being nurtured in a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences laboratory.
N.C. State’s Micropropagation and Repository Unit has been recognized with the 2012 Foil McLaughlin Award, which notes work that impacts North Carolina’s seed industry.
When it comes to growing crops like peanuts, cotton, corn and soybeans, knowing the latest research-based recommendations can mean the difference between making a profit or racking up losses. And there’s no faster way of getting that information, says Bertie County farmer Joey Baker, than by having researchers conduct trials on your farm.
Mid-Atlantic wheat growers aren’t likely to get any economic benefit by applying fungicides to wheat fields that aren’t infected with fungal diseases. That’s the conclusion of scientists based at N.C. State University who conducted the first peer-reviewed study of its kind on calendar-based application of fungicides in wheat.
A display featuring the research of Dr. Jean Ristaino is part of the “Spuds Unearthed!” exhibit running at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.