With more than 35 core faculty actively developing new cultivars, germplasms, and parental lines – the consortium has more plant breeders than any other U.S. university.
The consortium is interdepartmental and focuses on a full range of research programs, courses, and crops. Plant breeders at NC State are based in different colleges (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Natural Resources) and departments (Crop and Soil Sciences, Forestry and Horticultural Science), while other departments, such as Entomology and Plant Pathology, have faculty who are extensively involved in breeding programs for field crops, horticultural crops, and trees. In addition, faculty members who provide strong support are located in the departments of Statistics, Molecular and Structural Biochemistry, Plant Biology, and Genetics. Totally, more than 65 faculty members provide skills in DNA-based marker technology, plant transformation, genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics in addition to basic field breeding.
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North Carolina Hops Are Happenin’
More than 350 craft breweries call North Carolina home. Discover how NC State is breeding better hops to help fuel the state’s craft beer boo
USDA-ARS Releases Novel Flood-Tolerant Soybean Germplasm
Ben Fallen and the USDA-ARS Soybean Nitrogen Fixation Research Unit has released the first maturity group (MG) VI flood-tolerant soybean line with commercially competitive yield and elevated seed oil.
A New Leaf in Tobacco Breeding
Tobacco is still a major North Carolina cash crop. Ramsey Lewis’ modern Nicotiana research ranges from the agronomic improvement of commercial varieties to the genus’ broader use as a model plant.