A Magazine of the Agricultural Research Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
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Vol. 8, 2011
Administrator's Desk - From economy to ecosystem, the land-grant mission connects the dots
A strong economy is often described as one that "makes, creates and innovates." To this I would add, it is also one that educates. As a land-grant
university, we cannot be "makers." That's the province of private industry. But we can improve on what we do best: innovate and educate.
Research is making mushroom production a year round opportunity
Growing in the great indoors
Researchers smell opportunity in hog waste
From waste stream to revenue stream
Undergraduate Research Scholars Program
Young scientists address issues in economics, health, soils, animal feed
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Health science's new frontier
A look at food safety, functional foods, inactivating allergens, food fiber, designer biochar
USDA funded projects in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences
Vol. 7, 2010
Administrator's Desk - Cultivating Minds
The School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences has launched a new Undergraduate Research Scholars Program this year, which has potential to increase the ranks of minority scientists
and launch individuals onto successful career paths.
Survey shows education is a pressing need in N.C.’s horse industry.
“Eat your veggies!”
Researchers use play to encourage preschoolers to follow Mom’s advice. [View Video Interview]
Communication, character skills rate highest with ag industry employers.
Profiting in poinsettias
An economist with the Agricultural Research Program presents evidence suggesting that poinsettia growers might profit more by selling less.
Biological engineering students turn Aggie blue and gold into GREEN
“Greening of Sockwell Hall” project spurs sustainability movement at N.C. A&T. [View Video Interview]
Small farm success
What makes a small farm succeed? Researchers in the Department of Agribusiness,
Applied Economics and Agriscience Education hope to find out in a three-year study, “Factors Influencing
Successful Small-Farm Operations in North Carolina.”
Alternative feed could help hog industry.
A synopsis of student research projects in the Agricultural Research Program.
Vol. 6, 2009
Cooperation strengthens economies everywhere
Post-harvest technologies improve safety and add value to fresh produce.
An agroforestry project that marries forestry with farming — and scientific research with international development — is beginning to bear fruit. [View Video Interview]
The food environment in N.C.
Study shows connections among obesity, fruit and vegetable consumption
and access to supermarkets.
Biological engineers with the Agricultural Research Program are seeking ways to make cellulosic ethanol (CE) production commercially viable for North Carolina.
Science might never find the fountain of youth, but a fountain of health could one day be as close as your dairy aisle.
New consumer testing lab brings science closer to markets.
Feed and fowl
Researchers from three different disciplines have developed a poultry feed that could improve
post-molt egg production and bird health. [View Video Interview]
High tunnels, high profits
Helping farmers transition to organic by using unheated greenhouses.
Study examines retail market for organic food.
A synopsis of projects in the Agricultural Research Program.
Vol. 5, 2008
Economic development depends on human development
SAES adds Center for Post-Harvest Technologies to research repertoire
One of the most promising
new initiatives to emerge from the
Agricultural Research Program, the
Center of Excellence for Post-Harvest
Technologies, began operations in
June at the North Carolina Research
Campus in Kannapolis.
The persistence of poverty
Two rural sociologists in the Agricultural Research Program are shedding
new light on the Southern Black Belt
Economist’s study indicates the potential in wine grapes, even for small growers
Functional foods[View Video Interview]
From banana yogurt to carrot juice, food microbiologist seeks new vehicles for probiotics
Economists assist rural entrepreneurs
Groundbreaking cooperative fueled by biological engineering[View Video Interview]
One of North
Carolina’s point men leading the march to new energy sources earned his stripes with biofuels research
Predatory lending hits home
Researchers examining lending patterns in rural N.C.
A Breed Apart
A hog research scientist at N.C. A&T embarks on breeding project
Natural pork producers’ cooperative raising standards of product
Vol 4, 2007
Directors Desk: Industry partnerships bring research to fruition
Science is all about asking
questions, and in the
Agricultural Research Program
at N.C. A&T State University,
we frequently ask ourselves,“How can we ensure that the
work we do in our laboratories
improves the well-being of the
farming community, families
and consumers, the economy
and the environment?”
Controlling Growth: Plant biotech helps green industry commercialize plants
A plant biotechnologist in the
Agricultural Research Program is improving
the production efficiency of two ornamental
shrubs that have a history of being difficult
or impossible to commercialize.
Dr. Mohamed Ahmedna would like to see
a day when every child — allergic or not — can
enjoy a healthy, nutritious peanut butter sandwich.
That day might arrive sooner instead of
later, thanks to a process that he has perfected
to inactivate allergens in peanuts.
A genomics researcher in the Agricultural
Research Program at N.C. A&T is exploring the
bovine immune system in hopes of one day contributing
to antibiotic-free treatments for mastitis.
A packaging technology for exotic
mushrooms that is being researched by the
Agricultural Research Program could be
a boon to the small but growing shiitake
industry in North Carolina.
Ag. research produces University’s
first spin-off company
The discovery of a rare antibodybinding
protein in the Agricultural
Research Program laboratories has
given rise to N.C. A&T’s first spin-off
Childhood eating habits: Study to examine eating habits of young children and families
Overweight is now considered
America’s number one killer, outpacing
even smoking as the top public health
issue facing the United States. But overweight
and obesity are no longer the
afflictions of the middle-aged couch
potato. Overweight increasingly affects
young children at alarming rates and with
troubling consequences for their developmental
With tobacco in decline due to global competition
and the end of the tobacco subsidy program,
limited-resource farmers in North Carolina
and throughout the Southeast are trying alternative
crops, including specialty vegetables.
Research into the DNA of
a high-value soil fungus in N.C.
A&T’s Agricultural Research
Program has spurred the creation
of a new biotech business to serve
and support truffle growers.
Vol 3, 2006 - Launch interactive version or select individual stories below.
Directors Desk: Change is in the air
When The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching announced its most recent changes in classifying the nation’s colleges and universities, North Carolina A&T found itself at the
Ag Research Program To Partner in Biopolis
Innovations in post-harvest technology
from the Agricultural Research
Program (ARP) will be making the
journey from laboratory bench to
grocery-store shelf much more quickly.
That’s because the ARP will be a partner
with other top research universities
in North Carolina in a new worldclass
biotechnology research center
now under construction by Dole Foods
in Kannapolis, N.C. — about an hour
south of the N.C. A&T campus.
A Rare Breed Poultry researcher focuses on small producers
In the new Poultry Research Complex
at the University Farm, Dr. Willie Willis
is designing new research projects to
assist North Carolina’s most important
What Does Free Trade Spell for North Carolina Agriculture?
In the present era of free trade, it’s no secret
that Wall Street is winning and unskilled workers
are losing. But how is North Carolina’s agriculture
After the Harvest
Food scientists in the Agricultural Research
Program (ARP) are developing new post-harvest
technologies that could help small-scale growers
develop new markets for their produce.
Dr. Chung Seo, professor of food science,
has developed a small-scale vegetable processing
system for sanitizing vegetables that uses ozone
and chlorine dioxide.
Rx for agriculture
When Dr. Ipek Goktepe began studying triazole
exposure on farm workers last summer, she set out
with an open mind and armed with educated guesses,
but prepared to have her assumptions challenged by
what she found in the field.
Following the Leaders
Leadership development is
a hot topic in the business world,
but very little research has ever
been conducted on the subject
in rural communities.
It has long been known in the agricultural community
that no-till farming conserves soil and reduces
runoff. But less clear has been the effect of no-till
over the long term: Just how long can the surface
remain unbroken before soil density causes diminishing
Farm Improvements Continue
Upgrades and improvements to the University Farm
are helping to insure that N.C. A&T’s largest classroom
accommodates research and instruction relevant to
today’s agricultural industry.
Patents and Publications
|Vol 2, 2005 - Launch interactive version or select individual stories below.
Directors Desk: Research Making a Difference to Small Farmers
crops or other income producing activities can replace
tobacco income, and
what do these farmers need
to do to make a successful transition to growing or raising these alternative products?
Food scientists with the Agricultural Research Program have developed a new fermentation process that significantly reduces the allergenicity of peanuts.
The Agricultural Research Program at N.C. A&T is finding ways
to convert byproducts into value-added products.
Wetlands and Hog Waste
Natural filters remove pollutants from hog waste.
Rapid Detection for Truffles
Mushroom researchers with the Agricultural Research Program (ARP) are developing a monitoring tool that could help North Carolina growers of the exotic black truffle, a fungus that is considered to be the most lucrative agricultural product in the world.
A survey of Mexican immigrants in one North Carolina county indicates that obesity is becoming as big an issue for this population as it is for others.
Space Age Agriculture
If you want to know precisely what is happening on the ground, then your best bet is to get a bird’s-eye view from the air. That’s why precision agriculture might one day become the crop farmer’s best friend.
Animal scientists in the Agricultural Research Program (ARP) hope to shed light on how traditional remedies can fight disease and strengthen immunity. The research is becoming increasingly important as disease-causing organ- isms develop resistance to commercial drugs.
New Research, Old Remedies
An herb common throughout the Southeast and esteemed by rural folk for its tonic properties is beginning to gain the respect of modern medicine.
SAES Active Projects
Vol 1, 2005 - Launch interactive version or select individual stories below.
Directors Desk: Strengthening impacts through collaboration
Shiitake and Beyond
Scientists in the Agricultural Research Program want to jump-start a biotechnology industry based on exotic mushrooms.
University Farm: A Community Resource
In addition to research, the farm is used for Extension field days geared to the needs of small farmers looking for ideas for niche crops and techniques in sustainable agriculture.
Restoring Pork Flavor
Through Diet, Genetics
A rare, feral pig might hold the secret to pork that not only tastes good, but is good for your heart and arteries too.
Biosensor Could Prevent Recalls
In an effort to prevent contaminated food from winding up in grocery stores, Agricultural Research Program (ARP) food scientists have invented an efficient biosensing technology for meat and poultry coming off the assembly line.
Microbes for Health
Food microbiologists in the Agricultural Research Program (ARP) are always searching for new weapons to use against harmful bacteria. When they aren’t engaged in this good fight, then they are developing new technologies to strengthen microbes that promote good health.
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