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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...

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...

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...

Results Feature Article Reaps Award of Excellence

The feature article, Reaping a Healthy Harvest, recently won an Award of Excellence in the “Best Article of the Year” category at the southeast regional conference of...

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.

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.

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.

N.C. State Scientists Searching for Salmonella

A team of North Carolina State University scientists is looking for Salmonella on tomatoes and around tomato production areas. What they find could help farmers grow tomatoes that have a decreased likelihood of carrying the harmful bacteria.

Researchers study impacts of cooking methods on blueberry benefits

In a scientific study, researchers with N.C. State's Plants for Human Health Institute measured the levels of health-promoting phytochemicals in blueberries after putting them through a variety of cooking methods. The results revealed a decline in certain compounds depending on cooking method.

PHHI Researchers Recognized with Awards

Three faculty and staff with N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) have been acknowledged for their respective efforts in 2013.

Whole Grains: Addressing the Challenges, Maximizing the Potential

Dr. Tzung-Fu Hsieh from the Plants for Human Health Institute is leading research on grains to provide new insights into how scientists can impact seed size, nutritional value and other traits valued by farmers and consumers.

PHHI Initiates Biodiscovery Partnership in Malaysia

PHHI's Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky will make the first steps in establishing long-standing collaboration with the International Medical University of Malaysia (IMU). Ultimately, the project will focus on engaging scientists from developing countries in both local and global human health research.

North Carolina agriculture continues to grow

Agriculture and agribusiness — food, fiber and forestry — continue to grow in North Carolina, according to a new study from N.C. State University. The latest data values the N.C. agriculture industry at $77 billion, more than 17 percent of the state's total economy.

Agbiosciences drive economic growth, job creation in the Southern U.S.

Amid news of a still sputtering U.S. economic recovery, a report shows the nation’s agbioscience industries are growing, especially in the South. According to the study, agriculture, forestry and fisheries production generates $240 billion in regional economic activity within the Southern region and supports over 2.2 million jobs.

PHHI Research, Extension Collaboration Wins Award

PHHI's Pack 'N Cool mobile refrigeration unit received a 2013 Blue Ribbon Extension Communication Award from the Southern Region of the American Society of Horticultural Science.

New CALS Dean Richard Linton Tours PHHI

New College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dean Richard Linton toured the North Carolina Research Campus, including the Plants for Human Health Institute, on November 7, 2012.

Ecuadorian President Visits the N.C. Research Campus, PHHI

President Rafael Correa of the Republic of Ecuador and a delegation of ministers spent October 30, 2012, touring the N.C. Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, including N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute.

N.C. State Snags New Plant Scientist, Continues Growth at N.C. Research Campus

The Plants for Human Health Institute continues its expansion efforts by adding another established scientist to its team at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. Dr. Tzung-Fu Hsieh is developing a research program centered on the biological systems of flowering plants, including fruits and vegetables.

Pack ‘N Cool Construction Summary

N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute has developed a mobile refrigeration trailer – the “Pack ‘N Cool” – that agricultural producers can use...

N.C. State University Opens Greenhouse Complex by N.C. Research Campus

N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute has begun operations at three new greenhouses in Kannapolis. The $340,000 greenhouse complex will strengthen N.C. State’s infrastructure at the N.C. Research Campus, creating about 10,000 square feet of additional space.