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High School Culinary Student finds Recipe for Success

KANNAPOLIS, NC — For an eager culinary arts student, the challenge was intriguing: Find a palatable culinary use for watermelon concentrate. Samuel Jijon (Sammy), a...

Video: Equipping Tomorrow’s Workforce through P2EP

PHHI is proud to be a partner in the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project. This video features the research happenings of Kelsey Zielinski’s intern team, while...

Bowman leads PHHI-based STEM session at Grow Academy

North Carolina high school teachers have a unique new opportunity to gain hands-on experience in agriculture and life sciences education, thanks to NC State’s new...

Three new faculty enhance PHHI research effort

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Seating at weekly staff meetings is available on a first-come basis at the Plants for Human Health Institute  (PHHI), and recently it’s become a...

A new spin on Carrot Cake just in time for Easter

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Carrot cake may be on the menu for upcoming Easter celebrations, but you’ve probably never tried a carrot cake that has no...

Taking Sweet Potatoes Beyond the Thanksgiving Feast

A closer look at the benefits of phytochemicals and the promise of functional food ingredients Like many other holiday foods, sweet potatoes are available year-round,...

PHHI funds five collaborative seed grants with $1 million

N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) recently awarded more than $1 million through a seed funding program to promote collaborative, transdisciplinary research...

Enjoy Every Bite of the Holidays

Enjoying holiday foods doesn’t mean you have to arrive at the New Year with weight gain, high cholesterol and blood sugar that tops the charts. Instead, make a plan that will help you enjoy every delicious bite of the holidays.

The Power of Blueberries (Today’s Dietitian)

Dr. Mary Ann Lila was featured in a Today's Dietitian article illustrating the powerful phytochemicals and health benefits associated with the blueberry. Studies suggest that blueberries can be effective against cancer, diabetes and neurocognitive diseases, as well as support heart health and memory.

PHHI Hiring Small Fruit/Vegetable Researcher

PHHI is hiring a faculty member to lead a genomics program in small fruits and/or vegetables. The successful candidate’s research will focus on genetics, genomics, germplasm improvement and breeding of small fruits (strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc.) and/or vegetable crops.

Duke Energy Foundation Grants $150K to P2EP

The Duke Energy Foundation has renewed their support of the North Carolina Research Campus-based, Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) with a contribution of $150,000.

PHHI Researchers Link Alaska Seaweed to Efficacy Against Diabetes, Obesity

PHHI scientists were featured in an Alaska Dispatch article highlighting their discovery of powerful health-promoting phytochemicals in seaweed. The findings suggest that seaweed may provide protection against conditions like obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Reaping a Healthy Harvest: Results Cover Story

The latest issue of Results, published by N.C. State University's Office of Research, Innovation and Economic Development, features PHHI Director Dr. Mary Ann Lila on the cover. The story captures the spirit of Lila's work and the mission of the Plants for Human Health Institute.

PHHI Hiring Nutrition-related Extension Associate

PHHI is hiring for a nutrition-­related position with its N.C. Cooperative Extension team. The position will be responsible for creating a nutrition-­oriented program to develop research-based resources that educate people about the health-­promoting characteristics of plants.

Blueberry Benefits | Growing Magazine

Dr. Mary Ann Lila, director of the Plants for Human Health Institute, was featured in Growing Magazine's January 2014 issue.

PHHI Featured on UNC-TV

The Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), and director Dr. Mary Ann Lila, were featured on UNC-TV's "North Carolina Now" program.

Gene REG Seminar Series (March 6, 2014)

Dr. Steven Lommel, director of the N.C. Agricultural Research Service and associate dean for research in N.C. State's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), presents during the Gene REG Seminar Series at the N.C. Research Campus.

N.C. Cooperative Extension Service Mapping its Future

The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service has launched a strategic visioning and planning initiative to evaluate the organization’s business model, adapt accordingly to the current economic environment and devise a strategy going forward.

12th Annual Charlotte Life Sciences Conference (Oct. 24, 2013)

PHHI director, Dr. Mary Ann Lila, and colleagues will be presenting the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) during a session illustrating trans-disciplinary collaboration at the 12th Annual Charlotte Life Sciences Conference at UNC Charlotte.

N.C. State Program Awards Funding to Expand 20 Agricultural Businesses

The North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program, coordinated in part by the Plants for Human Health Institute's Extension component, has announced $311,938 in equipment cost share awards for 20 agricultural operations across the state.

N.C. State Announces Plans to Expand Farm Management Training

The North Carolina State University Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics (ARE) will conduct four Farm Management Training Schools, patterned after the award winning “Piedmont Farm School,” in 2014-2015.

Where’s the Science? In the Lab, Field and Home

Why does research into plants and human health matter? The Plants for Human Health Institute developed a new interactive exhibit to provide answers to the important questions that sometimes puzzle the public.