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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.

Nutrithon Duathlon – 5K/8K Run (Sep. 7, 2013)

The 2013 Nutrithon Duathlon 5K and 8K run takes place September 7 at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. Participants can enjoy the race around Kannapolis while engaging with cutting-edge science programs at the N.C. Research Campus.

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.

Red, White and Blue: The Colors of Healthy Produce

The arrival of a vibrant variety of fresh produce signals the start of summer. And science has shown that the colors of fruits and vegetables say a lot about their health benefits.

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.

2013 Berry Health Benefits Symposium (June 18-20, 2013)

The 5th Annual Berry Health Benefits Symposium, the only conference that focuses on berries and human health, is June 18-20, 2013, at the Embassy Suites in Concord, N.C. PHHI Director Dr. Mary Ann Lila will be the keynote speaker.

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.

Boosting Phyto-Benefits for Better Health and Longevity

Broccoli and blueberries are already tagged “super foods,” meaning they are more nutritious than most other fruits and vegetables. Yet, scientists with N.C. State's Plants for Human Health Institute are finding ways to boost their benefits.

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.

2013 Kannapolis Scholars Conference (July 26, 2013)

Each year the Kannapolis Scholars host a conference that brings together stakeholders to discuss the effectiveness and direction of current wellness research, initiatives and policies. They work to help provide connections and transdisciplinary solutions.

N.C. Research Campus Catalyst Group Symposium (April 15, 2013)

The N.C. Research Campus Catalyst Group is hosting a campus-wide research symposium on Monday, April 15, 2013. The event will feature guest speaker Dr. John Finley (USDA-ARS), a poster contest and panel discussions.

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.

Video Provides Personal Look Into PHHI Director’s Research

PHHI director Dr. Mary Ann Lila researches the bioactive compounds found in plant foods like fruits and vegetables that are healthy for people to eat. Take a sneak peak into the "LilaLab" and the questions and goals that drive the research and continue to enhance human health.

Administrative Forum – N.C. Research Campus (Monthly)

A networking event for administrative professionals to become more familiar with its people and programs, the N.C. Research Campus Administrative Forum meets on the third Tuesdays of each month.

Plant Steroids Seminar (December 13, 2012)

Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky will present, "Nutrigenomic Modulation of Metabolic Diseases by Plant Steroids," at the N.C. Research Campus on December 13, 2012. Recent research from Komarnytsky's lab revealed that brassinosteroids found in food crops like broccoli, cabbage and mustard may increase muscle mass and physical performance.

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.

Kannapolis Events Calendar

From summer concerts in Village Park to the historic Gem Theatre’s Modern Film Fest, the downtown indoor farmers market and health and nutrition series at the North Carolina Research Campus, there are vast and eclectic entertainment options in Kannapolis.

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. Research Campus Calendar

The N.C. Research Campus and its partners offer events and activities year-round on campus, in downtown Kannapolis and in Village Park.

UNC Charlotte Life Sciences Conference 2012

This year's conference agenda focuses on the research, tools, technology and commercialization at the N.C. Research Campus. The conference is being held on Thursday, October 25, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) campus.

N.C. State Fair 2012

The 2012 North Carolina State Fair runs October 11-21 in Raleigh. The Plants for Human Health Institute will have a presence at this year's Fair, displaying the Pack 'N Cool mobile cooling unit.

Agriculture Brings Science and Math Alive in North Carolina

Dr. Jeremy Pattison, strawberry breeder with the Plants for Human Health Institute, has teamed up with local high schools and the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Piedmont Research Station. They are using agricultural research to bring science and math concepts alive in a new effort that they hope serves as a model for schools across the state and nation.

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.

N.C. Strawberry Project Serves as Model for Research and Outreach Efforts

Representatives from N.C. State University's Plants for Human Health Institute and Johnson & Wales University discuss the N.C. Strawberry Project, sponsored by the Golden LEAF Foundation. The institutions have developed a dynamic, first-of-its-kind partnership that will help breed a better N.C. strawberry.

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.