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Mar 1, 2024

NC State University to host 41st International Carrot Conference

The 41st International Carrot Conference will be held in Raleigh, NC, USA, July 8-10, 2024. The event is hosted by NC State University this year and will feature abstract presentations and… 

Jan 30, 2024

Exploring Pulse Protein Potential

Mary Ann Lila and Marvin Moncada, food scientists at NC State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute, have their “finger on the pulse” of the rapidly expanding protein bar sector of… 

May 25, 2023

Bioactives and Health Symposium Highlights Latest Research

Giuseppe Valacchi, professor at North Carolina State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), was recently awarded the David H. Murdock Distinguished Professorship. This honor bestowed additional funding to enhance… 

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Oct 31, 2022

NC State Names two new Murdock Distinguished Professors

Drs. Colin Kay and Giuseppe Valacchi, professors at North Carolina State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, have been named David… 

Jul 26, 2022

Grafting watermelon to combat hollow heart

Few will argue that the watermelon heart is the sweetest, most desired bite. But have you ever cut into a watermelon that had what appeared to be a significant crack… 

Heeduk harvests blueberries

Jun 30, 2022

Heeduk Oh named FFAR Fellow

Heeduk Oh, a doctoral candidate in the NC State Department of Horticultural Science, has been named a Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Fellow for 2022-2025. The foundation established the FFAR… 

Jun 15, 2022

Alaska Natives explore science careers during Kannapolis visit

In 2019, Dontae Jimmie attended a “kid’s science camp” at the Yukon River fish camp in Alaska led by Dr. Mary Ann Lila, professor at NC State University, and Dr. Kriya… 

Apr 7, 2022

A Prescription for Fruits and Veggies

Imagine leaving a doctor’s appointment with a new prescription in hand, but instead of heading to the pharmacy, you go to the grocery store. Instead of getting just pills, you… 

Mar 8, 2022

Elderberry research supports development of new food product possibilities

Marvin Moncada, PhD, came to NC State University to build an Extension research program that creates value-added products, starting with the processing of raw materials and food byproducts and continuing through… 

Feb 3, 2022

Grant aims to improve purple carrot

NC State University awarded USDA grant to improve purple carrots for use in natural food colorants KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The demand for natural food colorants, such as anthocyanins, continues to grow…