Wound-healing properties of oats and the nutritional content of cooked versus uncooked broccoli are just two of the research projects David Phillips, district manager with Duke Energy North Carolina, learned about when he visited the NC Research Campus’ (NCRC) Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) on Monday, July 13.
Phillips presented $100,000 to P2EP. The check marks the company’s third year of funding for the program, which totals $350,000. After presenting the check, Phillips took time to speak with the students to learn more about the research Duke Energy is funding.
“Through a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation, Duke Energy gladly supports the NC Research Campus’ P2EP program,” Phillips said. “We believe that P2EP is pioneering important research that will provide significant health benefits for everyone. We are honored to be a part of this project, and we commend the students on their dedication to the research they are doing.”
P2EP is an undergraduate internship program led by NCRC partners UNC Charlotte, NC State, Dole Foods, General Mills, UNC General Administration and the David H. Murdock Research Institute. The 30 undergraduate interns and seven graduate team leaders in the program represent 11 universities. They are conducting research into the ways that crops like blueberries, broccoli, oats and strawberries develop compounds and enhance human health. The program is sponsored by a number of schools and organizations in the Charlotte region and throughout the state.
“P2EP is made possible because of the generosity of so many companies and institutions,” said Clyde Higgs, NCRC executive vice president of operations and business development, “but Duke Energy’s funding was key in launching P2EP and continues to help us sustain an astounding level of scientific discovery while training our next generation of great scientists.”
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