Making Advancements in Microbiome Analysis
Researchers have been slow to embrace new tools which now make it possible to analyze microbiomes using exact DNA sequences without being overwhelmed by errors. Benjamin Callahan, associate professor Department of Population Health and Pathobiology and member of the Microbiomes and Complex Microbial Communities cluster, explains how this resistance is holding science back in an article for The ISME Journal: Multidisciplinary Journal of Microbial Ecology.
Global WaSH Researcher Receives Gates Foundation Grant
Pit latrines remain a health hazard in many parts of the world, but an NC State research aims to make cleaning them safer. Global WaSH xluster lead Dr. Francis de los Reyes received $1.2 million from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to improve and test the market for a novel pit latrine emptying device, the Flexcrevator.
Faculty Focus: Jean Ristaino Wins Fulbright Award
Jean Ristaino’s passion for ensuring food security for a fast-growing world population has taken her around the world to help other scientists and students gain skills in identifying and tracking new and re-emerging plant diseases. Her next stop: Italy.
Tackling Cassava Mosaic Disease: One Week in Tanzania
A student writes about her fieldwork in Tanzania, tackling a crop disease that threatens millions.
Studying a Disease in Order to Prevent Starvation
Research into a disease that affects cassava crops aims to prevent starvation for millions in Africa.
Researchers Find Corn Gene Conferring Resistance to Multiple Plant Leaf Diseases
A specific gene in corn appears to be associated with resistance to two and possibly three different plant leaf diseases.
Fish type, body size can help predict nutrient recycling rates
NC State University associate professor Craig Layman and colleagues show that ecologists can better predict the rates of how chemical nutrients are transferred by fish if they know the various fish species living in an ecosystem, along with the body size of the fish.
Carbon Electronics and the Future of Technology
Over the past year, NC State has positioned itself to take the lead in the emerging field of carbon electronics, thanks in large part to NC State’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering’s (MSE’s) research expertise and facilities.
Researchers Make the First Flexible Memory Device Using Oxide Ferroelectric Material
For the first time, researchers have been able to deposit an ultra-thin oxide ferroelectric film onto a flexible polymer substrate. The research team used the flexible ferroelectric thin films to make non-volatile memory devices that are wearable and resilient.
Climate’s Effects on Flowers Critical for Bumble Bees
New NC State research shows that earlier and longer flowering seasons have detrimental effects on bumble bees.