Posts Tagged ‘research’

PHHI researchers enhance combat rations with fruits, vegetables

Picture of Mary Ann Lila

North Carolina State University is working with the U.S. Army to create functional food ingredients from fruits and vegetables that will be used to develop healthier, more portable combat rations for soldiers.

Bittersweet: Bait-averse cockroaches shudder at sugar

Sugar isn’t always sweet to German cockroaches, especially to the ones that avoid roach baits. In a study published May 24 in the journal Science, North Carolina State University entomologists show the neural mechanism behind the aversion to glucose, the simple sugar that is a popular ingredient in roach-bait poison.

Climate center names 2013-14 Global Change Fellows

Seven N.C. State University graduate students, including one from the College of Agriculture and Life Science have been named Global Change Fellows for 2013-14 by the SE Climate Science Center, based in CALS.

Seymour: Preserve forests in the name of food security

Frances Seymour

Preserving international forests, providing food security and addressing issues of global climate change will require a coordinated effort, Frances Seymour told an audience at N.C. State University for the 2013 Borlaug Lecture.

PHHI seeks broccoli with enhanced lutein

Allen Brown with broccoli

KANNAPOLIS – A new N.C. State University study under way at the Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus is focused on enhancing levels of lutein in broccoli. Lutein, an antioxidant, is associated with lowering risks for cataracts and age-related macular degeneration and is also found in leafy greens such as kale and spinach.

Farming the forest: CALS expert helps landowners grow crops beneath the trees

Dr. Jeanine Davis

For property owners looking to find ways to earn money from their forested land, forest farming can be a promising alternative – or addition – to harvesting the trees. And for years, Dr. Jeanine Davis has been helping these landowners make the most of that promise.

Tradition meets innovation in CALS scientist’s tomato breeding efforts

Dr. Dilip Panthee

Using a combination of new tools and time-honored techniques, Dr. Dilip Panthee is carrying on N.C. State University’s strong tradition in plant breeding, developing hardier, higher-yielding plants for North Carolina’s $30-million-a-year tomato industry.

Keeping beaches safe from runoff pollutants

The N.C. State engineers designed and built two hidden dune filtration systems in Kure Beach.

When it rains, untreated stormwater can sweep pollutants into coastal waters, potentially endangering public health. Now researchers and Cooperative Extension engineers from N.C. State University have developed low-cost filtration systems that are concealed beneath sand dunes and filter out most of the bacteria that can lead to beach closures.

Study sheds light on invasive fruit pest

Spotted-wing vinegar fly on raspberry.

Humans aren’t the only species with a sweet tooth. N.C. State University researchers and Extension specialists have found that the invasive spotted-wing vinegar fly (Drosophila suzukii) also prefers sweet, soft fruit. Their study sheds new light on a species that has spread across the United States over the past four years and threatens to cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to U.S. fruit crops.

N.C. State, UT scientists received grant to improve produce safety

Cantaloupe washing station

KANNAPOLIS – A group of scientists at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and North Carolina State University are working together to improve the safety of organic produce – naturally. Their study, “Alternative Post-harvest Washing Solutions to Enhance the Microbial Safety and Quality of Organic Fresh Produce,” began last fall.

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