‘Map’ of Sweet Potato Genome to Improve Breeding Efforts
When it comes to certain aspects of genetics, sweet potatoes are a lot more complicated than humans. But NC State scientists have created complex genetic maps enabling them to untangle which genes are associated with economically important traits such as higher yield and disease resistance. In other words, their genetic maps may lead to better sweet potatoes. Learn more about the research of scholars including Zhao-Bang Zeng, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of horticultural science.
Curious, Creative, Connected, Caring
Throughout his NC State career, engineer and Philip Morris Professor Mike Boyette has used these four C’s as a guide for transforming North Carolina agriculture and cultivating a cadre of alumni committed to making a difference.
Agriculture, Agribusiness Generate a Sixth of the State’s Income, Jobs
North Carolina’s agriculture and agribusiness industry remains a powerhouse, generating about one-sixth of the state’s income and jobs, and it recently set a record in terms of its contributions to the state’s gross domestic product. Those are among the highlights of a recently released industry snapshot – the latest in an annual series that economist Mike Walden, William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, began compiling in the 1980s.
Grunden Named Assistant Director of North Carolina Agricultural Research Service
Amy Grunden, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, has been named assistant director for the life sciences for the service. As part of her new role, she will serve as a liaison and advocate for faculty and staff members. Since arriving at NC State in 2000, Grunden has led numerous microbial biotechnology-focused research projects; mentored early career faculty; taught hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students in general microbiology and microbial metabolic regulation, respectively; and advised dozens of graduate and undergraduate students.
A Distinguished 30-Year CALS Career
After dedicating the last three decades to the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State, Rebecca “Becky” Boston, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor and former assistant director of the North Carolina Agricultural Research Service (NCARS), has entered the ranks of professor emerita. Her impactful dedication to research and science started at an early age.
Fewer Cars, More Hand Sanitizer
For creative, problem-solving partners NC State and Novozymes, the coronavirus crisis means working together to mitigate local shortages of hand sanitizer, an important but sometimes hard-to-find product. The partners are no strangers to collaborating; the university recently received from the Novo Nordisk Foundation, Novozymes’ parent philanthropic arm, a $27 million grant to enhance biopharmaceutical manufacturing and a $30 million grant to improve crop resilience.
Spotlight: Clay Honeycutt
Through his role as a Park Scholar, his leadership in North Carolina FFA Association, and continued service as a volunteer firefighter, recent graduate Clay Honeycutt has carried NC State’s Think and Do attitude with him as he makes a positive impact.
Generational Generosity Supports Agribusiness Breakthroughs
NC State prepared Bill Culpepper for a career in agribusiness when he graduated in 1966, and his family has followed in his footsteps. The Culpeppers recently made a significant gift to NC State and the Plant Sciences Initiative, naming the lobby space of the new Plant Sciences Building slated to open in 2022.
NC State Spin-off TreeCo To Breed a Better Forest
Rodolphe Barrangou, NC State's Todd R. Klaenhammer Distinguished Professor in Probiotics Research, and Jack Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources, have co-founded TreeCo, a new company that aims to revolutionize the forestry industry by combining insights from tree genetics with the power of genome editing.
Delighting Plant Lovers With Unique Blooms
Tony Avent, a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumnus who studied horticulture under J.C. Raulston, has seen a dramatic uptick in business -- and meaningful connections -- as the owner of Plant Delights Nursery, which ships rare and unusual perennials worldwide. The mail-order nursery funds Juniper Level Botanic Garden, a 28-acre research and education garden in Raleigh. Avent and his wife Anita have begun to create an endowment that will gift the garden to NC State as a bequest.