Eight of North Carolina’s top universities have research programs at the NC Research Campus alongside companies like Dole Foods, Sensory Spectrum, Endev Laboratories and Standard Process. The co-location of industry and academia multiplies the opportunities for scientists to collaborate across scientific disciplines. To explore opportunities for sponsored research, email Chris Ervin, business development director. Examples of collaborative research includes:
NC A&T and NC State Publish new findings on Flour to Reduce Reactions to Peanut Containing Foods
Working together on a joint grant from the US Department of Agriculture, NC A&T University Center for Excellence in Post-Harvest Technologies and the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute discovered that peanut flour amended with health-promoting polyphenols can reduce allergic reactions to peanut containing foods by reducing hypersensitivity by blocking the binding of key proteins called immunoglobulin (J. Food Chem. 2018 Oct 15;263:307-314. doi: 10.1016. Epub 2018 May 3). This flour is being developed as an immunotherapy and a food ingredient, both of which can help reduce the occurrence of food allergy reactions.
New Collaborative Study Shows How Phytochemicals Build Natural Defenses Against Free Radicals
A study from scientists with the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute and the Dole Nutrition Institute found that certain phytochemicals build natural, cellular defenses against damaging free radicals and reactive oxygen species dispelling other popular theories of how some antioxidants work.
ASU and Dole: Banana Metabolites Linked to Reduced Pain and Swelling
ASU Human Performance Laboratory and the Dole Nutrition Institute published (PLoSOne. 2018 Mar 22;13(3):e0194843) a study with cyclists that showed banana metabolites were found to work similarly to ibuprofen to reduce pain and swelling. The metabolites also helped the immune system function more effectively. The study showed the potential for a natural alternative like a banana to provide pain relief without the side effects associated with over- the-counter medications.
P2EP: Leading Scientists and Students Team Up for Agricultural Research
The Plant Pathways Elucidation Project or P2EP, aligns leading UNC System and industry scientists at the NC Research Campus with graduate and undergraduate students to study the genomic and metabolomic pathways of some of the state’s and the world’s most important crops. Through the P2EP collaborative the first consensus map for cultivated hexaploid oat (The Plant Genome, 2016) revealed the modern hexaploid oat crop genome has been highly modified, or rearranged, relative to ancestral related crops. They also identified the ideal ratios for broccoli aliphatic glucosinolates for targeted breeding efforts.