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“Put Your Best Fork Forward” at Events Sponsored by NCRC Partners

  Programs offered by experts at the NC Research Campus help people “Put their Best Fork Forward” in March during National Nutrition Month. Kannapolis, NC – “Put Your Best Fork Forward” is the theme of this year’s National Nutrition Month celebration. Sponsored annually in March by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, this year’s theme is […]

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Protein-Polyphenol Mix Creates Shelf-stable, Natural Ingredient

Astronauts, protein bars and the development of natural ingredients may not seem to have a connection. In the laboratory of Mary Ann Lila, PhD, director of the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the NC Research Campus, they are all part of one project. Lila and her research team completed a […]

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Tips to Make Pokémon Go a Real-Time Healthy Experience

Whether players are catching or hatching them all, the NC Research Campus (NCRC) and neighboring downtown Kannapolis have Poke Stops, gyms, and plenty of Pokémon plus the scientific expertise in nutrition, plant biology and human health that, believe it or not, will boost your Poke play. Get those steps in As the Pokemon theme song […]

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MURDOCK-NCRC Seed Funding Voucher Awardees

The MURDOCK Study has awarded six $10,000 vouchers as part of the MURDOCK-NCRC Seed Funding Voucher Program to investigators from North Carolina Research Campus partners. Duke University and the MURDOCK Study are pleased to announce the following voucher recipients: Saroja Voruganti, PhD, UNC Nutrition Research Institute (UNC NRI) “A pilot study to identify polymorphisms associated […]

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Spiced Carrot Salad

Watch Aubrey Mast, nutrition extension associate with NCSU Plants for Human Health Institute, demonstrate how to make spiced carrot salad on WCNC Charlotte Today. Ingredients 8-12 carrots, grated 1 large red bell pepper, thinly sliced  1 mango, thinly sliced into matchsticks ½ cup raisins 3 scallions, thinly sliced Dressing ingredients 1/4 cup cashews, soaked for at least 6 […]

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UNC System President Margaret Spellings Tours the North Carolina Research Campus

See the original story and video on TimeWarner Cable News. KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The University of North Carolina System president visited Kannapolis and Charlotte on Monday as part of her “100 Days” tour. As she toured the North Carolina Research Campus, she learned what researchers are doing across universities to further nutritional and agricultural research. […]

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Gardening: From the Schoolyard to the Backyard

As written for Cabarrus Magazine. Teachers plant seeds of knowledge, nurture them and watch them grow and mature. By the end of March 2016, every Kannapolis City School will have a sustainable garden on campus where the seeds of knowledge are, quite literally, seeds, planted in the soil, nurtured to maturity and harvested through experiential […]

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UNC System President Margaret Spellings Visits the NC Research Campus

            On Monday, March 14, UNC system President Margaret Spellings visited the NC Research Campus as part of her “100 Days” tour. Along with the NC Research Campus, she is visiting all 16 public universities, the NC School of Science and Mathematics and UNC Health Care to “learn and experience […]

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Students try their hand at science

By Erin Weeks Read the original story in the Independent Tribune. Puckered lips and screwed-up faces quickly turned into wide-eyed smiles as lemons the students tasted hit their tongues sweet instead of sour. Protein from a particular frozen berry they’d eaten minutes before altered their taste buds, the 12 middle and high schoolers learned, before […]

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New STEM Education position will facilitate PHHI outreach into the classroom

Amy Bowman, a National Board-certified teacher, recently joined the Extension team at N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. Bowman will develop and implement STEM-based instructional initiatives related to the research efforts by PHHI faculty. These might include classroom modules with hands-on activity kits, web resources […]

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Superfoods: Looking for health at the table

By Jose Carlos Marques. This article was translated from Portuguese. Read the original article  from Correio de manha. They call them ‘superfoods’ and promise many benefits. Experts doubt. “Açaí is suitable for all those seeking a very nutritious food with unique flavor, fat zero and with high concentrations of vitamins, reducing the risk of disease.” […]

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Join the Healthy Living Cooking Series to Reaffirm that Resolution for a New You in the New Year

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – The New Year often allows time to reflect on lifestyle choices that can lead to a happier, healthier life. The Healthy Living Cooking Series, offered by N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), focuses on disease prevention and healing through food choices and preparation methods. Aubrey Mast, Extension associate in […]

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Combined Use of Molecular Markers and High-Resolution Melting (HRM) to Assess Chromosome Dosage in Potato Hybrids

Combined Use of Molecular Markers and High-Resolution Melting (HRM) to Assess Chromosome Dosage in Potato Hybrids, Journal of Heredity, December 10, 2015. Clizia Villano, Valeria Miraglia, Massimo Iorizzo, Riccardo Aversano and Domenico Carputo. From the Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Naples Federico II, Via Università 100, 80055 Portici, Italy (Villano, Miraglia, Aversano, and Carputo); andPlants for Human Health Institute, Department […]

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N.C. A&T to research new approach to peanut allergies

Read the original article on the NC A&T website. North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University continues to lead the charge against peanut allergies, as evidenced by its recent $500,000 grant from the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) for researching new immunotherapies. In the U.S., approximately 3 million people report mild to severe allergies […]

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Scientists Plan To Maximize The Health Benefits Of Sweet Potatoes

By Stephanie Castillo Read the article in Medical Daily. Scientists from North Carolina State’s Plants for Human Health Institute are working to get Americans to eat more sweet potatoes, The News & Observer reported. “In many parts of the world […] sweet potatoes are well recognized as health-protective, nutritious foods,” Mary Ann Lila, director of N.C. state’s […]

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NC scientists savor sweet potatoes

By Reid Creiger Read the original article in the Charlotte Observer. At Thanksgiving and Christmas meals around the country, millions will say, “Pass the sweet potatoes.” But after the holidays, many people walking through their grocery store’s vegetable section instead will pass by them. Mary Ann Lila is working to change that. The director of […]

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Scientists for a day: NC Research Campus hosts elementary students

By Rebecca Rider Read the original story in the Salisbury Post. Don your lab coats and snap on your latex gloves because kids in Kannapolis are brewing up their curiosity in laboratories at the North Carolina Research Campus. Tuesday, fourth- and sixth-graders from Kannapolis City Schools were invited into the Plants for Human Health Institute […]

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Maize Homologs of Hydroxycinnamoyltransferase, a Key Enzyme in Lignin Biosynthesis, Bind the Nucleotide Binding Leucine-Rich Repeat Rp1 Proteins to Modulate the Defense Response

Maize Homologs of Hydroxycinnamoyltransferase, a Key Enzyme in Lignin Biosynthesis, Bind the Nucleotide Binding Leucine-Rich Repeat Rp1 Proteins to Modulate the Defense Response, Plant Physiology, November 2015. Guan-Feng Wang, Yijian He, Renee Strauch, Bode A. Olukolu, Dahlia Nielsen, Xu Li and Peter J. Balint-Kurti. Author Affiliations Departments of Plant Pathology, Plant and Microbial Biology, and Biological Sciences , North Carolina […]

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 Kannapolis Elementary Students become “Scientists for a Day”

By Megan Bame, NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute Twelve child-size lab coats are ready for wear at N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the N.C. Research Campus, in Kannapolis. On Tuesday, November 17, a select group of aspiring young scientists will experience PHHI’s latest community outreach effort, “Scientist for a […]

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Shelf life and changes in phenolic compounds of organically grown blackberries during refrigerated storage

Shelf life and changes in phenolic compounds of organically grown blackberries during refrigerated storage, Postharvest Biology and Technology. Moo Jung Kima, Penelope Perkins-Veaziea, , Guoying Maa, Gina Fernandezb, a Plants for Human Health Institute, NC Research Campus, North Carolina State University, Kannapolis, NC 28081, United States b Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC 27695, United States Abstract […]

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Healthy Living Cooking Series Returns: Learn about foods that may prevent or treat common diseases

  KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Two additional offerings of the Plants for Human Health, Health Living Cooking Series will be offered this fall, following the success of two full classes offered earlier this summer. Aubrey Mast, Extension associate, at N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, will, again, […]

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Discovery of a novel amino acid racemase through exploration of natural variation in Arabidopsis thaliana

Discovery of a novel amino acid race mase through exploration of natural variation in Arabidopsis thaliana, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Aug 31, Strauch RC1, Svedin E2, Dilkes B2, Chapple C3, Li X4. Author information 1Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, Kannapolis, NC 28081; Department of Plant and Microbial Biology, North […]

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Development of a high-density cranberry SSR linkage map for comparative genetic analysis and trait detection

Development of a high-density cranberry SSR linkage map for comparative genetic analysis and trait detection, Molecular Breeding,August 2015, Brandon Schlautman, Giovanny Covarrubias-Pazaran, Luis A. Diaz-Garcia, Jennifer Johnson-Cicalese, Massimo Iorrizo, Lorraine Rodriguez-Bonilla, Tierney Bougie, Tiffany Bougie, Eric Wiesman, Shawn Steffan, James Polashock, Nicholi Vorsa, Juan Zalapa 1. Department of Horticulture, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison, WI, USA 2. Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Forestales, Agricolas, y Pecuarias, Campo Experimental Pabellon, Aguascalientes, […]

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New functionally-enhanced soy proteins as food ingredients with anti-viral activity

New functionally-enhanced soy proteins as food ingredients with anti-viral activity, VirusDisease, 15 Aug 2015,  Aizhan Sabirzhanovna Turmagambetova, Nadezhda Sergeevna Sokolova, Andrey Pavlinovich Bogoyavlenskiy, Vladimir Eleazarovich Berezin, Mary Ann Lila, Diana M. Cheng, Vyacheslav Dushenkov Author Affiliations 1. Institute of Microbiology and Virology, 103, Bogenbai Batyr Street, Almaty, 050010, Kazakhstan 2. Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, […]

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Appalachian Trail hike could lead to scientific discovery

By Marty Price, Charlotte Observer Read the original story. Jessica Alley, a part-time research technician at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, has wanted to hike the entire Appalachian Trail since she was in middle school, and she finally decided that 2015 would be the year. Having earned her master’s degree in exercise science […]

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Comparison of Tomato Genotypes Grown Under Conventional and Organic Production System for Nutrient Composition

Comparison of Tomato Genotypes Grown Under Conventional and Organic Production System for Nutrient Composition, Aug 2015, Dilip R. Panthee, Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, NC 28759. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, […]

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P2EP Research Symposium Recognizes Student Achievement at NC Research Campus

        KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – In 11-weeks, the 30 undergraduate interns in the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) graduated from students to scientists as demonstrated by the research results shared at the third annual P2EP Research Symposium held July 29 at the NC Research Campus (NCRC). Seven intern teams worked under the guidance […]

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Costa Rica, Dole and NCRC Launch Banana and Pineapple PhD Programs

        Kannapolis, NC− There are college students in Costa Rica balancing long hours in the laboratory with high-level science classes who are wondering where their education will take them. For at least two students, the answer is North Carolina. Dole Food Company is sponsoring banana and pineapple PhD programs in partnership with […]

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Costa Rican Scientists Return to NCRC for Planning, P2EP Symposium

    Only two months after their first visit, Costa Rican representatives return to the NC Research Campus to formalize collaborative research initiatives.  Kannapolis, NC– A delegation from Costa Rica returns to the NC Research Campus (NCRC) to discuss collaborative research opportunities, attend the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) Research Symposium and arrange for a doctoral […]

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A high-throughput, simultaneous analysis of carotenoids, chlorophylls and tocopherol using sub two micron core shell technology columns

A high-throughput, simultaneous analysis of carotenoids, chlorophylls and tocopherol using sub two micron core shell technology columns, ScienceDirect, 26 July 2015,  Kranthi K. Chebrolua, , , Gad G. Yousefa, Ryan Parka, Yoshinori Tanimurab, Allan F. Browna a Department of Horticultural Science, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Suite 1329, Kannapolis, North Carolina-28081, United States b […]

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Spotlight: Healing with Food

All 27 hands were in the air in response to a question Aubrey Mast ’12, an MPH graduate, asked as she stood in front of a 7th grade class. Every single child said he or she was affected by diabetes. With that kind of evidence, it’s difficult not to feel like her work in public […]

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Interns spend summer researching health benefits of fruits and vegetables

By Jeanie Groh, Salisbury Post Read the original article. KANNAPOLIS — It’s a well-known fact that fruits and vegetables are both delicious and healthy, but few people truly understand exactly how they can impact the body. Thirty interns with the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project, called P2EP, however, are studying just how to harness those benefits […]

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Duke Energy Contributes $350,000 to NCRC’s P2EP

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 […]

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N.C. State researchers look at mechanical blueberry harvester

Suzanne Stanard, North Carolina State University | Southeast Farm Press It’s late in the growing season at the North Carolina State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ Castle Hayne Research Station as blueberry breeder Maggie Schaber walks the rows, plucking the occasional berry and popping it into her mouth. ‘Hot’ doesn’t begin to describe this sweltering […]

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PHHI welcomes new researcher focused on berry and vegetable genomics and breeding

by: Jeanie Groh, Salisbury Post Read Original Article Dr. Massimo Iorizzo recently joined N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. An assistant professor in the Department of Horticultural Science, Iorizzo’s research will focus on genetics, genomics, germplasm improvement and breeding of small fruits, such as […]

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Cabarrus County STEM educators get hands-on at the Plants for Human Health Institute

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Field trips are opportunities to enhance the educational environment by going outside the classroom, and having a little fun. STEMersion offers teachers a week of field trips to local STEM-related businesses and organizations. On Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 26 Cabarrus County educators participating in STEMersion will enjoy a field trip to the […]

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NCRC Offers Start-Ups Advantages

While touring the NC Research Campus (NCRC), founders of a West Coast biotech start-up were impressed to find in one place the resources they need to launch their business: Collaborations exploring plant-based phytochemicals with scientists at the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute. Product testing with the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory, Spectrum Discovery Center and the UNC Nutrition Research Institute’s Human Research Core. […]

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NCSU Healthy Cooking Series August Dates

Healthy living, starts in the kitchen. Choosing the right foods and preparing them in a way that maintains their nutritional value or even enhances their health protective properties can improve an individual’s health and wellness. N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis is offering a series of […]

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Educators soak up science at Research Campus

By Mark Plemmons Read the original article in the Independent Tribune. KANNAPOLIS, N.C. – Educators from across North Carolina got hands on in the labs at the N.C. Research Campus and at several other area businesses Monday during the Fourth Annual STEM Industry Day sponsored by N.C. New Schools. “The notion is to bring educators […]

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Charlotte-area Employers Connect Teachers with the Workplace

More than 125 teachers from innovative public schools across North Carolina will see the 21st century workplace and leading research facilities in action Monday, June 22, during first-hand visits to 13 Charlotte-area employers that rely on workers with strong skills in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM in shorthand. Increasingly, teachers and employers must […]

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P2EP Interns Deliver a Taste of Research

                     For Immediate Release June 18, 2015      Contacts:    Megan Bame, N.C. State University, 704-250-5461 or megan_bame@ncsu.edu Jennifer Woodford, N.C. Research Campus, 704-200-5070 or jwoodford@ncresearchcampus.net   Kannapolis, NC- Friday, June 19 at 11 am in the Cabarrus Health Alliance (CHA) Wellness Kitchen at 300 […]

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Blackcurrant Anthocyanins Attenuate Weight Gain and Improve Glucose Metabolism in Diet-Induced Obese Mice with Intact, but Not Disrupted, Gut Microbiome

Blackcurrant Anthocyanins Attenuate Weight Gain and Improve Glucose Metabolism in Diet-Induced Obese Mice with Intact, but Not Disrupted, Gut Microbiome, J Agric Food Chem. 2015 Jun 12., Esposito D, Damsud T, Wilson M, Grace MH, Strauch R, Li X, Lila MA, Komarnytsky S. Abstract Blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum L) is a rich source of anthocyanins, however the relationship […]

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P2EP Kicks Off Third “Summer of Science” at NC Research Campus

The third class of the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) kicked off an 11-week summer of science at the NC Research Campus (NCRC). This year’s class will not only work in teams to research crops including broccoli, blueberries, strawberries and oats, they will also be involved in cooking demonstrations and community outreach, engaging the public with […]

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Stability and immunogenicity of hypoallergenic peanut protein–polyphenol complexes during in vitro pepsin digestion

Stability and immunogenicity of hypoallergenic peanut protein-polyphenol complexes during in vitro pepsin digestion, Food & Function, May 2015.Nathalie J. Plundrich, Brittany L. White,  Lisa L. Deanb, Jack P. Davis, E. Allen Foegeding, Mary Ann Lila Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Research Campus, 600 Laureate […]

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Genetic analysis of glucosinolate variability in broccoli florets using genome-anchored single nucleotide polymorphisms

Genetic analysis of glucosinlates variability in broccoli florets using genome-anchored single nucleotide polymorphisms, 2015 May 1, Theor Appl Genet., Brown AF1, Yousef GG, Reid RW, Chebrolu KK, Thomas A, Krueger C, Jeffery E, Jackson E, Juvik JA. 1Department of Horticultural Science, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, Kannapolis, NC, 28081, USA, afbrown2@ncsu.edu. Abstract KEY MESSAGE: […]

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Anthocyanin, Carotenoid, Tocopherol, and Ellagitannin Content of Red Raspberry Cultivars Grown under Field or High Tunnel Cultivation in the Southeastern United States

Anthocyanin, Carotenoid, Tocopherol, and Ellagitannin Content of Red Raspberry Cultivars Grown under Field or High Tunnel Cultivation in the Southeastern United States, Apr 2015, Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, Christine M. Bradish1, Gad G. Yousef, Guoying Ma, Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Gina E. Fernandez Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 7609, Raleigh, NC 27695 Plants for […]

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Alaskan seaweeds lower inflammation in RAW 264.7 macrophages and decrease lipid accumulation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes

Alaskan seaweeds lower inflammation in RAW 264.7 macrophages and decrease lipid accumulation in 3T3-L1 adipocytes, 14 Apr 2015, Journal of Functional Foods. Joshua Kellogg, Debora Esposito, Mary H. Grace, Slavko Komarnytsky, Mary Ann Lila NC State University Abstract Chronic inflammation is characterized by macrophage accumulation in adipose tissue, which subsequently up-regulates pro-inflammatory cytokines and promotes the dysregulation of lipid metabolism, […]

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Community-Based Research as a Mechanism to Reduce Environmental Health Disparities in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities

Community-Based Research as a Mechanism to Reduce Environmental Health Disparities in American Indian and Alaska native communities , 2015 Apr 13, Int J Environ Res Public Health. McOliver CA1, Camper AK2, Doyle JT3, Eggers MJ4, Ford TE5, Lila MA6, Berner J7, Campbell L8, Donatuto J9. Office of Research and Development, National Center for Environmental Research, United States Environmental Protection […]

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The plant parasite Pratylenchus coffeae carries a minimal nematode genome

The plant parasite Pratylenchus coffeae carries a minimal nematode genome,  11 Apr 2015, Nematology, Mark BURKE 1,2,3, Elizabeth H. SCHOLL 4, DavidMcK. BIRD 1,4, Jennifer E. SCHAFF 5, Steve COLEMAN 2, Randy CROWELL 6, Stephen DIENER 3, Oksana GORDON 6, Steven GRAHAM 3, Xinguo WANG 6, EricWINDHAM 3, Garron M. WRIGHT 3 and Charles H. OPPERMAN 4, 1 Bioinformatics […]

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Phytochemical Characterization, Anti-inflammatory and Lipolytic Activities of Pistachio Hulls, Skins, and Kernels

Phytochemical Characterization, Anti-inflammatory and Lipolytic Activities of Pistachio Hulls, Skins, and Kernels, Apr 2015, The FASEB Journal, Mary Grace Dr1, Debora Esposito1, Michael Timmers1 and Mary Ann Lila1 1Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences Plants for Human Health Institute, NCSU Kannapolis NC United States Abstract Anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and lipolytic properties of pistachio hull, skin, and kernel extracts were evaluated here. All […]

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Diverse Classes of Bitter Phytochemicals Modulate Carbohydrate Metabolism and Immune Responses through Gastrointestinal Bitter Taste Receptors

Diverse Classes of Bitter Phytochemicals Modulate Carbohydrate Metabolism and Immune Responses through Gastrointestinal Bitter Taste Receptors, Apr 2015, The FASEB Journal, Kimberly Palatini1,2, Mickey Wilson1,2, Jessica Alley1,3, Debora Esposito1,2 and Slavko Komarnytsky1,2 1Plants for Human Health Institute North Carolina State University Kannapolis NC United States 2Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition Sciences North Carolina State University Raleigh NC United States 3Health and Exercise […]

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Phytochemical Characterization And Anti-inflammatory Activity Of The Mexican Fruit Styrax ramirezii Greenm

Phytochemical Characterization And Anti-inflammatory Activity Of The Mexican Fruit Styrax ramirezii Greenm, Apr 2015, The FASEB Journal, Jorge Guerrero-Medina2 and Mary Ann Lila1, Michael Timmers Dr1, 1PHHI, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences North Carolina State University Kannapolis North Caolina United States 2Agrobiologia Department Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo Uruapan Michoacán Mexico Abstract With an increasing […]

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Bill aims to increase number of courses faculty teach

By Jane Stancill jstancill@newsobserver.com Read original article A Senate bill would dictate the number of classes UNC faculty teach, forcing the near doubling of course loads for professors at the state’s research campuses – N.C. State University and UNC-Chapel Hill. Senate Bill 593 has generated a good deal of discussion at the UNC system’s campuses, […]

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Class teaches healthy cooking on a tight budget

By Marty Price,  Correspondent Read original article Meghan Charpentier, program coordinator with the Cabarrus Health Alliance, understands the challenges of cooking healthy food. She wants people to know that with a little preparation most dishes can be prepared in less than an hour. Ingredients in the cupboard or refrigerator can be substituted to make a […]

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Cooking with Potatoes and Black Beans: Putting Research into Action

  March 10, 2015 Public Information Officer: Erin Shoe – (704) 920-1345 (704) 467-1950 cell Kannapolis, N.C. – Cabarrus Health Alliance is partnering with NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the North Carolina Research Campus on an upcoming cooking class. The class, Cooking on a Budget, will highlight information researchers have […]

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New Web Resource Highlights Research-based Connections Between Food & Disease

By Megan Bame Read the original article on the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute website. N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis recently published a new web resource titled, Healthy Living, found at plantsforhumanhealth.ncsu.edu. The new section is focused on sharing information directly from PHHI […]

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Avoiding Peanuts in Childhood Makes Kids More Likely to Become Allergic

Written by Kristen Fischer Read the original article in Healthline News. Finally — some clinical evidence on whether or not to expose infants to peanut products. Over the years, experts have gone back and forth about introducing peanut products at an early age to children. The notion is that doing so can prevent kids from developing […]

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Control of Paternally Expressed Imprinted UPWARD CURLY LEAF1, a Gene Encoding an F-Box Protein That Regulates CURLY LEAF Polycomb Protein, in the Arabidopsis Endosperm

Control of Paternally Expressed Imprinted UPWARD CURLY LEAF1, a Gene Encoding an F-Box Protein That Regulates CURLY LEAF Polycomb Protein, in the Arabidopsis Endosperm, PLoS One. 2015 Feb 17, Jeong CW1, Park GT1, Yun H1, Hsieh TF2, Choi YD3, Choi Y1, Lee JS1. School of Biological Sciences, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea. 2Plants for Human Health Institute […]

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Experience a Dynamic Summer of Science as a P2EP Undergraduate Intern

Undergraduate students with an interest in plant research are encouraged to apply for a dynamic summer of science as part of the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, a 350-acre life sciences hub dedicated to advancing scientific discoveries and development relating to human health, nutrition and agriculture. P2EP is […]

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Research Campus in Kannapolis helps 8th-grader with science fair experiment

By: Marty Price, Charlotte Observer Aarushi Patil, a 13-year-old in the eighth grade at Metrolina Regional Scholars Academy of Charlotte, likes to excel at her school’s science fair. The daughter of Vishal and Neetu Patil of Charlotte, Aarushi advanced to the state finals of the 2014 N.C. Science and Engineering Fair with her experiment – […]

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13-Year Old Scientist Tackles Cholesterol at NCRC

In the lab of Slavko Komarnytsky, PhD, assistant professor in pharmacogenomics at the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) on the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, research revolves around the study of natural compounds in plants and their effect on metabolic, inflammatory and infective diseases. On Wednesday, January 7, 13-year-old Aarushi Patil brought […]

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Meet Some of the NCRC’s Leading Ladies of Science

If headlines about a shortage of women in science are to be believed, a visitor to the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis would expect to see very few ladies on campus. At the NCRC, women lead institutes, direct research and are part of the next generation of scientists in training on campus. Senior Research […]

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Medicinal Plants of Israel: A Model Approach to Enable an Efficient, Extensive, and Comprehensive Field Survey

Medicinal Plants of Israel: A Model Approach to Enable an Efficient, Extensive, and Comprehensive Field Survey Joseph et al., J Biodivers Biopros Dev 2014 , Gili Joseph1*, Mina Faran1, Ilya Raskin2, Mary Ann Lila3 and Bertold Fridlender1 1Department of Biotechnology, Hadassah Academic College, Jerusalem, Israel 2Department of Plant Biology and Pathology Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, […]

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Compounds leached from quinoa seeds inhibit matrix metalloproteinase activity and intracellular reactive oxygen species

Compounds leached from quinoa seeds inhibit matrix metalloproteinase activity and intracellular reactive oxygen species,  International Journal of Cosmetic Science – Wiley Online Library, Dec 2014,Brittany L. Graf1, Diana M. Cheng1, Debora Esposito2, Tara Shertel1, Alexander Poulev1, Nathalie Plundrich2, David Itenberg1, Nava Dayan3, Mary Ann Lila2 and Ilya Raskin1,* Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ, USA2 Plants […]

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NCSU Greenhouse Space Available 

The Plants for Human Health Institute operates three research greenhouses andeight growth chambers. Use of these facilities has included strawberry breeding and disease screening, broccoli breeding, screening natural pesticides for phytotoxicity and growing crops as varied as oats, wheat, rice, Arabidopsis and turf. N.C. State researchers have first priority use of the available space, but […]

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Variation of Carotenoids and Polyphenolics in Peach and Implications on Breeding for Modified Phytochemical Profiles

Variation of Carotenoids and Polyphenolics in Peach and Implications on Breeding for Modified Phytochemical Profiles, Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, 2014, Allan F. Brown1, Gad G. Yousef, Ivette Guzman and Kranthi K. Chebrolu Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina Research Campus, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081, Dennis J. Werner and Mike […]

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Grafting Extends Field Storage Life of Seedless Watermelon

Grafting Extends Field Storage Life of Seedless Watermelon, Cucerbitaceae 2014 Proceedings, RichArd hAssell* Coastal REC, Clemson University, Charleston, SC 29414, USA, PeneloPe Perkins-veAZie, Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Horticultural Sciences, North Carolina State University, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA, lisA deAn, USDA-ARS, Market Quality and Handling Research, Raleigh, NC 27695, USA AbstrAct. Quality of watermelon fruit is a combination of firmness, […]

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Yield and Quality Response of Spaghetti Squash (Cucurbita pepo) Cultivars Grown in the Southeastern United States

Yield and Quality Response of  Spaghetti Squash (Cucurbita pepo) Cultivars Grown in the Southeastern United States. Cucerbitaceae 2014 Proceedings., Jonathan r. Schultheis1*, Travis E. Birdsell2, And Penelooe Perkins-veazie3, 1Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, 2721 Founders Drive, Raleigh, NC 27695-7609, USA, 2134 Ashe County Center, Government Circle, Suite 202, Jefferson, NC 28640, USA, 3Plants for Human Health Institute, Department […]

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Walnut mystery finally cracked

By Reid Creager, Correspondent, Charlotte Observer Read Original Article Mary Grace has developed a compulsive habit over the past 14 months. But she’s not worried about it. “I love walnuts,” said the senior researcher for N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute in Kannapolis. “I can’t prevent myself from eating them while we’re working on […]

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Bioactive Capacity, Sensory Properties, and Nutritional Analysis of a Shelf Stable Protein- rich Functional Ingredient with Concentrated Fruit and Vegetable Phytoactives

Bioactive Capacity, Sensory Properties, and Nutritional Analysis of a Shelf Stable Protein- rich Functional Ingredient with Concentrated Fruit and Vegetable Phytoactives. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2014 Oct 31, Grace MH1, Yousef GG, Esposito D, Raskin I, Lila MA 1Department of Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Research Campus, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC, 28081, USA. Abstract Well-known health-protective phytochemicals from muscadine grape and […]

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Bioactive Capacity, Sensory Properties, and Nutritional Analysis of a Shelf Stable Protein-rich Functional Ingredient with Concentrated Fruit and Vegetable Phytoactives.

Bioactive Capacity, Sensory Properties, and Nutritional Analysis of a Shelf Stable Protein- rich Functional Ingredient with Concentrated Fruit and Vegetable Phytoactives. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2014 Oct 31, Grace MH1, Yousef GG, Esposito D, Raskin I, Lila MA 1Department of Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Research Campus, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC, 28081, USA. Abstract Well-known health-protective phytochemicals from muscadine grape and […]

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Concentrating Immunoprotective Phytoactive Compounds from Fruits and Vegetables into Shelf-stable Protein-rich Ingredients.

Concentrating Immunoprotective Phytoactive Compounds from Fruits and Vegetables into Shelf-stable Protein-rich Ingredients. Plant Foods Hum Nutr. 2014 Oct 29, Yousef GG1, Grace MH, Medina JL, Neff S, Guzman I, Brown AF, Raskin I, Lila MA. 1Department of Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina Research Campus, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC, 28081, USA. Abstract Co-delivery of edible proteins with […]

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The AAA-ATPase molecular chaperone Cdc48/p97 disassembles sumoylated centromeres, decondenses heterochromatin, and activates ribosomal RNA genes.

The AAA-ATPase molecular chaperone Cdc48/p97 disassembles sumoylated centromeres, decondenses heterochromatin, and activates ribosomal RNA genes.  2014 Oct 24Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. Mérai Z1, Chumak N1, García-Aguilar M1, Hsieh TF2, Nishimura T3, Schoft VK1, Bindics J1, Slusarz L1, Arnoux S1, Opravil S4, Mechtler K4, Zilberman D5,Fischer RL5, Tamaru H6. Gregor Mendel Institute, Austrian Academy […]

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Phlorotannins from alaskan seaweed inhibit carbolytic enzyme activity.

Phlorotannins from alaskan seaweed inhibit carbolytic enzyme activity. Mar Drugs. 2014 Oct 22,  Kellogg J1, Grace MH2, Lila MA3. 1Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA. jjkellog@ncsu.edu. 2Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North […]

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NC Research Campus seeks faster growth after slow start

By Ely Portillo, Charlotte Observer Read the original article KANNAPOLIS A billionaire pineapple company owner’s vision for the future of nutrition science rises next to Main Street in this former mill town, massive red brick buildings with soaring columns that contrast with surrounding one-story houses, shops and churches. Dole Foods owner David Murdock, whose diet […]

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NCRC Study Finds Polyphenol-Packed Diet Shields Athletes from Illness

BusinessWire September 22, 2014 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time KANNAPOLIS, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NC Research Campus (NCRC) scientists have found that a polyphenol-packed diet may keep athletes’ immune systems revved up before and after intense exercise. Numerous studies show that athletes, especially marathon runners, experience depressed immune systems for up to 72 hours after competing. In a […]

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Summit starts move to bring fight against hunger into Cabarrus, Kannapolis schools

by: Lucas Johnson, Charlotte Observer Read original article A thriving teaching garden at a Concord elementary school has helped spawn an effort to integrate a horticulture curriculum into the Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City public school systems. As part of that effort, the newly renamed Cabarrus Farm and Food Council will convene a Hunger Education […]

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NC State’s Allan Brown on UNCTV

View the original story and video on UNCTV    Super Fruit BLADEN COUNTY — It’s easy to get lost on Carter Farms, in White Lake in Bladen County.  Rows and rows and rows of blueberry bushes, stretching as far as you can see. Each row is connected by a sandy trail, which is all tied […]

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High-density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array mapping in Brassica oleracea: identification of QTL associated with carotenoid variation in broccoli florets

High-density single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) array mapping inBrassica oleracea: identification of QTL associated with carotenoid variation in broccoli florets Theoretical and Applied Genetics 14 Aug 2014 Allan F. Brown, Gad G. Yousef, Kranthi K. Chebrolu, Robert W. Byrd, Koyt W. Everhart, Robert W. Reid, Isobel A. P. Parkin, Andrew G. Sharpe, Rebekah Oliver, Ivette Guzman, Eric W. Jackson Department of Horticultural Science, Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina […]

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Construction of a genetic linkage map of an interspecific diploid blueberry population and identification of QTL for chilling requirement and cold hardiness

Construction of a genetic linkage map of an interspecific diploid blueberry population and identification of QTL for chilling requirement and cold hardiness Molecular Breeding, 10 Aug 2014, Lisa J. Rowland, Elizabeth L. Ogden, Nahla Bassil, Emily J. Buck, Susan McCallum, Julie Graham, Allan Brown, Claudia Wiedow, A. Malcolm Campbell, Kathleen G. Haynes, Bryan T. Vinyard Beltsville Agricultural Research Center-West, United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Bldg. 010A, 10300 Baltimore […]

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P2EP’s Year-Round Scientific and Educational Impact

The 40 Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) interns at the NC Research Campus (NCRC) presented the results of their summer of research in an August 5 symposium sponsored by the NC Biotechnology Center. Through P2EP, a STEM-based workforce development program, the interns studied pathways in blueberries, strawberries, oats and broccoli that produce health-enhancing bioactive compounds. […]

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A need for a transdisciplinary environment: the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project.

A need for a transdisciplinary environment: the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project. Trends Plant Sci. 2014 Aug, Reid RW1, Brouwer CR1, Jackson EW2, Lila MA3. Department of Bioinformatics and Genomics, 150 Research Campus Drive, Suite 3333, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA. 2General Mills, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA. 3Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC […]

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Loading and Release Mechanism of Red Clover Necrotic Mosaic Virus Derived Plant Viral Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery of Doxorubicin

Loading and Release Mechanism of Red Clover Necrotic Mosaic Virus Derived Plant Viral Nanoparticles for Drug Delivery of Doxorubicin Small. 2014 Aug 5 Cao J1, Guenther RH, Sit TL, Opperman CH, Lommel SA, Willoughby JA. Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, North Carolina State University, 2401 Research Drive, Raleigh, NC, 27695, USA Abstract Loading and release mechanisms of Red clover necrotic mosaicvirus (RCNMV) derived plant viral nanoparticle (PVN) are shown for controlled deliveryof the […]

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Scientific coalition studies plants’ role in fighting disease

By Hannah Miller View the article as published in the Charlotte Observer. View the article as published in the Raleigh News & Observer. In the worldwide search to learn more about plants’ role in fighting human disease, an unusual coalition has formed at North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. It’s made up of academic and […]

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Reducing Food Allergies, Healthcare Costs and Saving Lives

Link to original article in Business Today These days, company picnics and parties are just as worrisome as they are fun. Cost and logistics top the list of concerns, but add to that the potentially deadly affects of food allergies. Food allergies are a legitimate problem for anyone from restaurant owners to families. According to […]

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N.C. Research Campus internship program plants seeds to grow STEM careers

As published on WRAL TechWire.com By Frank Vinluan KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — Allan Brown likens his blueberry research to trying to put together one big jigsaw puzzle. Brown, an applied molecular geneticist with N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, has spent several years working on the genomic sequence of the […]

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Research campus welcomes interns

By: Jeanie Groh Link to original article Camry Wagner uses a meter to test the soluable sugar content of the black raspberries. Forty high school, college and doctorate interns are picking and studying fruit to benefit agriculture and human health at the North Carolina Research Campus this summer. “In this lab, we basically take measurements […]

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North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis hosts 40 interns for $1.9 million research program

By Lukas Johnson, Charlotte Observer Link to Original Article Camry Wagner’s family roots run deep throughout the former Cannon Mills Company’s 147-year textile manufacturing history. So the Kannapolis native and 22-year-old biologist considers it an honor to be among some of the first scientists to establish new roots as leaders of agriculture research at the […]

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NC Research Campus project aims to grow scientists

By: Tim Reaves, Independent Tribune Link to Original Article James Nix \ jnix@independenttrib KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — A student-driven initiative at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis is gathering data on the frontiers of plant science and growing the scientists of tomorrow. The Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) is a $1.9 million program now […]

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Business-to-Science Partnerships Drive P2EP

June 2014  As written for Opportunities, a quarterly newsletter of the NC Research Campus covering real estate to research. Subscribe. Growth at the NC Research Campus is not all about bricks and mortar. A $1.9 million investment in the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP) is boosting the campus’ collaborative approach to research, revealing new findings […]

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Local Research Team Makes Medical Advancement for Peanut Allergies

WCCB Charlotte June 17, 2014 Link to the original story and video. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The number of kids suffering from a peanut allergy has tripled between the years of 1997 and 2008. That’s according to FoodAllergy.Org. Fortunately, a local team of NC State researchers is giving kids hope to ease the challenge. Dr. Mary […]

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NC State team takes aim at peanut allergies

By Reid Creager, News & Observer Link to original article Link to the article in the Charlotte Observer. A team of scientists in Mary Ann Lila’s lab at N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute has developed a peanut-based flour that could lessen life-threatening allergic reactions to peanuts. N.C. STATE UNIVERSITY You’ve heard the horror stories or […]

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Quinoa seeds leach phytoecdysteroids and other compounds with anti-diabetic properties

Quinoa seeds leach phytoecdysteroids and other compounds with anti-diabetic properties. Food Chemistry. November 15, 2014. Brittany L. Grafa, Alexander Pouleva, Peter Kuhna, Mary H. Graceb, Mary Ann Lilab, Ilya Raskina, A Department of Plant Biology & Pathology, Rutgers University, 59 Dudley Rd, New Brunswick, NJ 08901, USA; Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, […]

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Efficient preparative isolation and identification of walnut bioactive components using high-speed counter-current chromatography and LC-ESI-IT-TOF-MS

Efficient preparative isolation and identification of walnut bioactive components using high-speed counter-current chromatography and LC-ESI-IT-TOF-MS. Food Chemistry. Sep 1, 2014 Epub Mar 1, 2014. Grace MH1, Warlick CW1, Neff SA1, Lila MA2. 1Plants for Human Health Institute, Food Bioprocessing and Nutritional Sciences, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA.; 2Plants for Human Health Institute, Food […]

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Making Healthy ‘Grits’ in Africa with Dr. Mary Ann Lila

By: David Hunt, Carolina Wild Nearly 8,000 miles, an ocean and seven time zones separate the small town of Kannapolis, N.C. from the heartland of southern Africa. Food scientist Mary Ann Lila knows the distance all too well. She’s visited 17 African countries in the past eight years. But she doesn’t measure the distance solely in miles. […]

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Novel Strategy To Create Hypoallergenic Peanut Protein-Polyphenol Edible Matrices for OralImmunotherapy.

Novel Strategy To Create Hypoallergenic Peanut Protein-Polyphenol Edible Matrices for OralImmunotherapy. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. May 2, 2014. [Epub ahead of print] Plundrich NJ, Kulis M, White BL, Grace MH, Guo R, Burks AW, Davis JP, Lila MA. Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State […]

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Activation of pattern recognition receptors in brown adipocytes induces inflammation and suppresses uncoupling protein 1 expression and mitochondrial respiration

Activation of pattern recognition receptors in brown adipocytes induces inflammation and suppresses uncoupling protein 1 expression and mitochondrial respiration. American Journal of Physiology.  Cell Physiology. May 15, 2014. Epub 2014 Mar 13. Bae J1, Ricciardi CJ1, Esposito D2, Komarnytsky S2, Hu P1, Curry BJ1, Brown PL1, Gao Z3, Biggerstaff JP4, Chen J5, Zhao L6. 1Department of Nutrition, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee; 2Plants for Human Health […]

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A new approach to treating peanut, food allergies

R&D Magazine These days, more and more people seem to have food allergies, which can sometimes have life-threatening consequences. In the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, scientists report the development of a new type of flour that someday could be used in food-based therapies to help people better tolerate their allergy triggers, including peanuts. […]

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Research suggests Alaska seaweed may be potent weapon against diabetes, obesity

by: Yereth Rosen, Alaska Dispatch     Plants growing in the waters of Southeast Alaska have to be tough to withstand the strong tides, cold temperatures, relentless summer daylight and abundance of plant-nibbling species. That toughness, it turns out, can also result in health benefits for the people who eat the plants, according to emerging research […]

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Study: Blueberries may reduce Parkinson’s risk

Blueberries Dr. Mary Ann Lila, blueberry researcher and director of North Carolina State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute on the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, holds up blueberries and a blueberry product. Posted: Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:20 am Study: Blueberries may reduce Parkinson’s risk Independent Tribune staff The Independent Tribune KANNAPOLIS, N.C. […]

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Arabidopsis: An Ideal Plant

From biofuels to better crops, Xu “Sirius” Li, PhD, an assistant professor and plant metabolic pathway engineer with the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute, applies his research with the model plant system Arabidopsis and secondary metabolites, also known as phytonutrients, to meet real-world challenges.  Read More.

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Stable, water extractable isothiocyanates from Moringa oleifera leaves attenuate inflammation in vitro.

Stable, water extractable isothiocyanates from Moringa oleifera leaves attenuate inflammation in vitro. Phytochemistry. 2014 Apr 11. pii: S0031-9422(14)00147-2. doi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2014.03.028. [Epub ahead of print]Waterman C, Cheng DM, Rojas-Silva P, Poulev A, Dreifus J, Lila MA, Raskin I. Department of Plant Biology & Pathology, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina […]

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Study: Blueberries help reduce Parkinson’s risk

The Packer 04/09/2014 02:36:00 PM Doug Ohlemeier A new study shows eating blueberries reduces the risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease and may protect human brain performance. A group of scientists from North Carolina State University, Purdue University and Rutgers University investigated how extracts from blueberries, grape seeds, hibiscus, blackcurrant and Chinese mulberries, all of which […]

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Reaping a Healthy Harvest

<!– ­http://research.ncsu.edu/results/2014/04/healthy-harvest/ By David Hunt Nearly 8,000 miles, an ocean and seven time zones separate the small town of Kannapolis, N.C. from the heartland of southern Africa. Food scientist Mary Ann Lila knows the distance all too well. She’s visited 17 African countries in the past eight years. But she doesn’t measure the distance solely […]

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Patterns of simple sequence repeats in cultivated blueberries (Vaccinium sectionCyanococcus spp.) and their use in revealing genetic diversity and population structure

Patterns of simple sequence repeats in cultivated blueberries (Vaccinium sectionCyanococcus spp.) and their use in revealing genetic diversity and population structure. Molecular Breeding. March 2014. Yang Bian, James Ballington, Archana Raja, Cory Brouwer, Robert Reid, Mark Burke, Xinguo Wang, Lisa J. Rowland, Nahla Bassil,  Allan Brown 1. Department of Horticultural Science, North Carolina State University, 2721 Founders Dr., Raleigh, NC, 27695, USA; 2. Plants for Human […]

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Celebrate Nutrition and Science at the NCRC in April

NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC. March 27, 2014)- Moms, Dads, kids and science lovers of all ages, April is the month to visit the North Carolina Research to enjoy free events headlining everything from personalized nutrition to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). Tuesdays, April 1, 8 and 22, the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research […]

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Neuroprotective effects of anthocyanin- and proanthocyanidin-rich extracts in cellular models of Parkinson’s disease

Neuroprotective effects of anthocyanin- and proanthocyanidin-rich extracts in cellular models of Parkinson’s disease. Brain Research. February 2014. Epub ahead of print. Katherine E. Strathearn, Gad G. Yousef, Mary H. Grace, Susan L. Roy, Mitali A. Tambe, Mario G. Ferruzzi, Qing-Li Wu, James E. Simon, Mary Ann Lila and Jean-Christophe Rochet. Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University; Departments of Food Science […]

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Impact of Interspecific Introgression on Anthocyanin Profiles of Southern Highbush Blueberry

Impact of Interspecific Introgression on Anthocyanin Profiles of Southern Highbush Blueberry. Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science. March 2014. Gad G. Yousef1, Mary Ann Lila2, Ivette Guzman3, James R. Ballington4; Allan F. Brown1 1Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Horticultural Science and Department of Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina Research […]

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A Growing Campus

By Clyde Higgs, Vice President of Business Development Published in Opportunities, a quarterly real estate to research newsletter of the NC Research Campus March 14, 2014 I want to make sure everyone close to the campus is just as aware of how our momentum is building and the campus is growing: Jobs: Close to 1,000 jobs […]

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Genomics of Cold Hardiness in Woody Plants

Genomics of Cold Hardiness in Woody Plants. Critical Reviews in Plant Sciences. March 7, 2014.  Michael Wisniewskia*, Annette Nassuth b, Chantal Teulières c, Christiane Marque c, Jeannine Rowland d, Phi Bang Caoc & Allan Brown a U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, Kearneysville, West Virginia; b Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada; […]

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Genomics of Cold Hardiness in Woody Plants

Genomics of Cold Hardiness in Woody Plants Michael Wisniewskia*, Annette Nassuthb, Chantal Teulièresc, Christiane Marquec, Jeannine Rowlandd, Phi Bang Caoc & Allan Browne pages 92-124 Published online: 07 Mar 2014 Abstract The term cold hardiness or freezing tolerance is used to represent, in a general sense, the ability of plants to adapt to and withstand freezing […]

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Blueberries hailed as best brain food

Published: 6:01AM Saturday March 01, 2014 Source: ONE News TVNZ.co.nz A new study has found that blueberries may reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. Around 10,000 Kiwi’s suffer from Parkinson’s disease and it’s estimated that 1% of all Kiwis over the age of 60 have the incurable condition. Now a study conducted by scientists at the […]

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Does RTP need a mega-donor to realize its grand vision?

February 20, 2014 Lauren K. Ohnesorge Staff Writer- Triangle Business Journal What Research Triangle Park needs is its own David Murdock. That’s one takeaway from a conversation I had with Lynne Scott Safrit, president and chief operating officer of Castle and Cooke, the organization that oversees the development of the Kannapolis-based North Carolina Research Campus. […]

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Phytochemical changes in phenolics, anthocyanins, ascorbic acid, and carotenoids associated with sweetpotato storage and impacts on bioactive properties

Phytochemical changes in phenolics, anthocyanins, ascorbic acid, and carotenoids associated with sweetpotato storage and impacts on bioactive properties. Food Chemistry. February 15, 2014. [Epub September 5, 2013] Grace MH, Yousef GG, Gustafson SJ, Truong VD, Yencho GC, Lila MA. Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, NC State University, USDA-ARS, SAA Food Science Research Unit, […]

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Chemically induced conditional rescue of the reduced epidermal fluorescence8 mutant of Arabidopsisreveals rapid restoration of growth and selective turnover of secondary metabolite pools.

Chemically induced conditional rescue of the reduced epidermal fluorescence8 mutant of Arabidopsisreveals rapid restoration of growth and selective turnover of secondary metabolite pools. Plant Physiology. February 2014. Kim JI, Ciesielski PN, Donohoe BS, Chapple C, Li X (NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute). Department of Biochemistry, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. Abstract The phenylpropanoid pathway is responsible for […]

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Inhibitory Effects of Wild Blueberry Anthocyanins and Other Flavonoids on Biomarkers of Acute and Chronic Inflammation in Vitro

Inhibitory Effects of Wild Blueberry Anthocyanins and Other Flavonoids on Biomarkers of Acute and Chronic Inflammation in Vitro. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Jan 17, 2014. [Epub ahead of print] Esposito D, Chen A, Grace MH, Komarnytsky S, Lila MA. Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University , Kannapolis, North Carolina. Abstract Wild lowbush blueberries ( Vaccinium […]

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Effects of a high fat meal matrix and protein complexation on the bioaccessibility of blueberry anthocyanins using the TNO gastrointestinal model (TIM-1)

Effects of a high fat meal matrix and protein complexation on the bioaccessibility of blueberry anthocyanins using the TNO gastrointestinal model (TIM-1). Food Chemistry. E-pub January 2014. David M. Ribnicky, Diana E. Roopchand, Andrew Oren, Mary Grace, Alexander Poulev, Mary Ann Lila, Robert Havenaar and Ilya Raskin. School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers the […]

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Blueberry Benefits

Growing Magazine – January, 2014 FEATURES Blueberry Benefits Researching the fruit’s health properties By Rocky Womack Click image to enlarge. Mary Ann Lila, director of the Plants for Human Health Institute at NCSU, says blueberries contain a variety of phytochemicals that may help people with cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and obesity, to name a few. […]

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Food-compatible method for the efficient extraction and stabilization of cranberry pomace polyphenols.

Food-compatible method for the efficient extraction and stabilization of cranberry pomace polyphenols. Food Chemistry. December 15, 2013. Diana E. Roopchand, Christian G. Krueger, Kristin Moskal, Bertold Fridlender, Mary Ann Lila, Ilya Raskin. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; Complete Phytochemical Solutions, LLC, Cambridge, WI; University of Wisconsin-Madison, Reed […]

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Comparative Analysis of Phenolic Content and Profile, Antioxidant Capacity, and Anti-inflammatory Bioactivity in Wild Alaskan and Commercial Vaccinium Berries.

Comparative Analysis of Phenolic Content and Profile, Antioxidant Capacity, and Anti-inflammatory Bioactivity in Wild Alaskan and Commercial Vaccinium Berries. Journal of Agriculture Food Chemistry. November 19, 2013 [Epub ahead of print] Grace MH, Esposito D, Dunlap KL, Lila MA. Plants for Human Health Institute, Food Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences Department, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Research […]

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Cook to Preserve Phyto-Nutrient Benefits

A study led by the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health found that the risk of type 2 diabetes was reduced by seven percent when people ate three servings per week of blueberries, grapes and raisins. Getting the maximum health benefits from fruits like these depends on how they are prepared. A study by […]

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Diabetes and Bioactives

A generation ago, the prevailing opinion was that once a person became obese they would develop type 2 diabetes. Today, scientists like Slavko Komarnytsky, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacogenomics with the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute, research the genetic differences that cause obesity, diabetes and other metabolic disorders. They are trying to find […]

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Students’ perspective on genomics: from sample to sequence using the case study of blueberry.

Students’ perspective on genomics: from sample to sequence using the case study of blueberry. Frontiers in Genetics. November 2013. Mudd AB, White EJ, Bolloskis MP, Kapur NP, Everhart KW, Lin YC, Bussler WW, Reid RW, Brown RH. Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, Kannapolis. Abstract Advances in genomic sequencing technologies in the […]

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Decoded Antioxidants in Blueberries Speed Up Metabolism

Counsel & Heal Michelle Gil Update Date: Oct 11, 2013 10:23 AM EDT “Eat your blueberries!” say human performance researchers. Who knew this teeny tiny fruit could be such a gem in providing a better workout. Surely, you might have stumbled upon a sticker on your blueberry casing at the supermarket labeled “high in antioxidants”. […]

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Blueberry power: Eat your way to a better workout

Medical Press Dr. Mary Ann Lila presents protein powders that have been infused with health-promoting compounds from fresh produce like blueberries. These powders can be used as food products. Drop and give me 20. But don’t forget to eat your blueberries before and after you complete those push-ups.  It turns out that that the fruit, […]

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Grandma’s advice to “eat your fruits and vegetables” was correct

UNC TV- Watch the Science Now segment.  KANNAPOLIS – We all know that Grandma’s advice to “eat your fruits and vegetables” was correct. Now there’s new research, and a new way to eat the “good stuff” that is found in fruits and vegetables, that makes following that advice even easier. First though, here’s a unique […]

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North Carolina research facilities bringing ag, human health together

By Phyllis Beaver, North Carolina Research Campus | Southeast Farm Press • New laboratory space is available at North Carolina Research campus in Kannapolis, N.C. • Monsanto and Dole are among agriculture-based companies conducting research at the North Carolina facility. • North Carolina State University greenhouses are the site for research on plants for human health. […]

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Exercise and Polyphenols: Absorption and Afterburn Effect

Scientists from Appalachian State University (ASU), Dole Food Company and NC State University are some of the first to find in a human trial that following exercise polyphenols enter the body in elevated levels via the colon and that polyphenolic metabolism is ramped up for 14 hours after exercise. In the joint study, long-distance runners were given […]

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Serum Metabolic Signatures Induced By a Three-Day Intensified Exercise Period Persist After 14 h of Recovery in Runners

Serum Metabolic Signatures Induced By a Three-Day Intensified Exercise Period Persist After 14 h of Recovery in Runners. Journal of Proteome Research. 2013 Sep 13 [Epub ahead of print]. Nieman DC, Shanely RA, Gillitt ND, Pappan KL, Lila MA. Human Performance Laboratory, Appalachian State University, Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory and NC State University Plants for […]

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Researchers track enhanced “leaky gut” effect of exercise

University News BOONE—In science, the pursuit to prove one hypothesis often leads to a different discovery. Such was the case for researchers from Appalachian State University, Dole Food Company and N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute. A runner drinks a blueberry and green tea polyphenol-soy protein complex prior to participating in a study […]

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ASU study shows another fruit, veggie eating aid

Posted: Saturday, September 7, 2013 10:45 pm | Updated: 10:05 am, Mon Sep 9, 2013. Richard Craver/Winston-Salem Journal David Nieman   It sounds on the surface like a too-good-to-be-true infomercial offer – boost your metabolism and burn fat during your sleep. However, a group of scientists at the N.C. Research Campus, led by researcher David […]

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Phytochemical Changes in Phenolics, Anthocyanins, Ascorbic Acid, and Carotenoids Associated with Sweetpotato Storage and Impacts on Bioactive Properties.

Phytochemical Changes in Phenolics, Anthocyanins, Ascorbic Acid, and Carotenoids Associated with Sweetpotato Storage and Impacts on Bioactive Properties. Food Chemistry. E-Pub September 5, 2013. Mary H. Grace , Gad Yousef, Sally J. Gustafson, Van-Den Truong, G. Craig Yencho , Mary Ann Lila. Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North […]

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New findings about absorption and afterburn after exercise

New findings from a collaborative study by Appalachian State University, Dole Food Company and NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute show some of the first evidence in a human clinical trial of an alternate route of polyphenolic absorption via the colon and a polyphenolic metabolic afterburn following exercise. The study shows clear evidence […]

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Exercise and Polyphenols- Absorption and Afterburn Effect First to be Found in Human Study

NCRC News For Immediate Release   Contacts: Phyllis Beaver Marketing Director NC Research Campus Justin Moore Extension Communications NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute Jane Nicholson Director of University News Appalachian State University Read the full story.   (NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC- September 3, 2013) New findings from a collaborative study by […]

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NCRC internships give students a supporting role in creation of knowledge database

Salisbury Post Wayne Hinshaw / for the salisbury postCatawba College student interns at the North Carolina Research Campus work in the General Mills lab studying oats. They are Amber Williamson and Christian Krzykwa. Five Catawba College students spent their summer interning at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis helping to gather and organize […]

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NCRC Internships Give Students a Supporting Role in Creation of Knowledge Database

Catawba College Five Catawba College students spent their summer interning at the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis helping to gather and organize data in a project that will ultimately result in a knowledge database to help improve human nutrition. The NCRC is a collaborative of 18 corporate, academic healthcare partners working to improve […]

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Berry Good for You

Tara Losinski | August 14th, 2013 Summer’s sweet treats are heartier and healthier than we thought.   Newfoundland blueberries are better for you. I’ve often heard the claim from my  brethren on The Rock. It’s a harsh life for berries, blue or otherwise, on North America’s most easterly isle; the growing season is short, the […]

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Searching for Salmonella

NC State News Center Date posted: August 12, 2013 Dave Caldwell photoDiane Ducharme, an N.C. State University graduate student and N.C. Cooperative Extension associate, is part of a team studying how tomatoes can become contaminated with Salmonella. A team of North Carolina State University scientists is looking for Salmonella on tomatoes and around tomato production […]

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Update On The North Carolina Research Campus

Charlotte Talks   It was a dark and uncertain time for Kannapolis ten years ago when the historic Pillowtex plant shut down. Since then, the town has seen much change, both physically and economically. The economic downturn a few years ago put a delay in the metamorphosis that Kannapolis was in the process of in […]

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North Carolina blueberry production limited mostly by soil type

Southeast Farm Press NORTH CAROLINA STATE University Blueberry Specialist Bill Cline checks progress of commercial blueberries near Castle Hayne, N.C Incentives for new producers There is hope on the way for North Carolina growers hoping to move into commercial operation. North Carolina State University recently received funding for a blueberry genome project that Cline says […]

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Biosynthesis of highly enriched 13C-lycopene for human metabolic studies using repeated batch tomato cell culturing with13C-glucose.

Biosynthesis of highly enriched 13C-lycopene for human metabolic studies using repeated batch tomato cell culturing with13C-glucose. Food Chemistry, August 2013. Nancy Engelmann Moran, Randy B. Rogers, Chi-Hua Lue, Lauren E. Conlon, Mary Ann Lila, Steven K. Clinton, John W. Erdman Jr. Division of Medical Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, and the Comprehensive Cancer Center, The Ohio State […]

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Researchers seek to understand plants’ pathways to better health

The Packer 7/24/2013 11:47:00 AM Coral Beach A new program at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis that is funded by industry and academia promises to train tomorrow’s scientists while finding how to grow more healthful fruits and vegetables. Dubbed the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project (P2EP), the program kicks off this summer with $1.5 […]

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Strawberry breeding program gets funding

Vegetable Growers News To an end-game focused strawberry breeder, there is no better payoff than to see the potential for technology transfer be converted into the hands of growers to deliver a true market impact. Jeremy Pattison, strawberry breeder and geneticist with North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) Plants for Human Health Institute, said the recent […]

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North Dakota Students & North Carolina State Attempt to Make History Together

KX News Posted: Jul 18, 2013 6:01 PM EST Updated: Jul 26, 2013 10:50 PM EST By Barbara Sharp, Reporter “Maybe you’re not diabetic, but you need something to help you break down starch and help digest and move things, move things along,” says the instructor at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. That “something” […]

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PHHI Extension Partnership Lands $425,000 in Grants to Help N.C. Agribusinesses

  Plants for Human Health Institute Writer: Justin Moore The North Carolina Cooperative Extension component of N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), in partnership with the university’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, has secured more than $400,000 in funding through two major grant programs to assist the state’s growers and agricultural […]

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Red, White and Blue: The Colors of Healthy Produce

  Plants for Human Health Institute   One of the most enduring and sentimental signs of summer is the arrival of a vibrant variety of fresh fruits and vegetables. Rich and robust in flavor and color, many fruits and veggies are prized as much for their attractive appearance as their gastronomic attributes. But much of […]

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New research trial shows blueberries’ potential

Scoop Independent News .New research trial shows blueberries’ potential for reducing hyperglycemia, weight gain and cholesterol levels. “The blueberry’s ability to intervene in conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and obesity is of critical importance,” says trial leader. The results of a recently published research study highlight blueberries’ potential to play a significant role in […]

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Stable Binding of Alternative Protein-Enriched Food Matrices with Concentrated Cranberry Bioflavonoids for Functional Food Applications

Stable Binding of Alternative Protein-Enriched Food Matrices with Concentrated Cranberry Bioflavonoids for Functional Food Applications. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. July 1, 2013, [Epub ahead of print] Grace MH, Guzman I, Roopchand DE, Moskal K, Cheng DM, Pogrebnyak N, Raskin I, Howell A, Lila MA. Plants for Human Health Institute, Food, Bioprocessing, and Nutrition […]

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NC Research Campus launches plant project for college students

  Jennifer Thomas Staff Writer- Charlotte Business Journal Academic and industry partners at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis have launched a $1.5 million initiative to engage college students from across the state in education and research. The program, called the Plant Pathways Elucidation Project, will center on how plants, including fruits and vegetables, benefit […]

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Food-compatible method for the efficient extraction and stabilization of cranberry pomace polyphenols

Food-compatible method for the efficient extraction and stabilization of cranberry pomace polyphenols. Food Chemistry. E-pub June 21, 2013. Diana E. Roopchand, Christian G. Krueger, Kristin Moskal, Bertold Fridlendere, Mary Ann Lila, Ilya Raskin. The State University of New Jersey, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick,NJ;  Complete Phytochemical Solutions, LLC, Cambridge, WI; University of […]

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Bigger More Nutritious Grains

Humans harvest grains primarily for the nutritional value of the endosperm, the placenta-like tissue inside the seeds of most flowering plants that nourishes the embryo. Tzung-Fu Hsieh, PhD, with the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), is leading research to unravel the biological complexities surrounding endosperm development. In collaboration with Xu “Sirius” Li, PhD, a plant metabolic pathway […]

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N.C. State gets grants to support strawberry research in Kannapolis

Enlarge Photo courtesy N.C. STATE Jeremy Pattison inspects strawberry research plots at the N.C. State’s Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury. Jennifer Thomas, Staff Writer- Charlotte Business Journal N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute in Kannapolis is working to boost strawberry yields and increase the fruit’s profitability for growers. Toward that end, Jeremy Pattison, […]

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Strawberry breeding program receives national sustainability initiative grants

Fresh Plaza Dr. Jeremy Pattison, strawberry breeder and geneticist with the N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus, recently was awarded a $158,391 grant from the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative, and is a co-investigator on a second grant in the amount of $127,168, led by Dr. Brian Whipker, also […]

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NC State receives funding for 3 sustainable strawberry projects

The Grower Vicky Boyd Courtesy North Carolina State UniversityNorth Carolina State University strawberry breeder Jeremy Pattison inspects research plots at the Piedmont Research Station in Salisbury.A group of North Carolina State University strawberry researchers were the recipients of  sustainability grants they say they’ll use to help lengthen the growing season and demonstrate cost-effective cooling systems. […]

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Strawberry Breeding Program Receives National Grants from the Walmart Foundation

PHHI Dr. Jeremy Pattison, strawberry breeder and geneticist with the N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus, recently was awarded a $158,391 grant from the National Strawberry Sustainability Initiative, and is a co-investigator on a second grant in the amount of $127,168, led by Dr. Brian Whipker, also with […]

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Kannapolis study could separate link between obesity, diabetes

  Jenna Barnes, News 14 Carolina View the video. KANNAPOLIS — Health officials say diabetes is one of the health risks associated with obesity. Scientists at the North Carolina Research Campus believe more than half of all obese people eventually develop the disease. “Some may develop it immediately, some it may take ten to fifteen […]

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N.C. State researchers create fruit- and vegetable-infused ingredients for U.S. Army rations

North Carolina State University has gained support from the U.S. Army to create functional food ingredients from fruits and vegetables that will be used to develop healthier, more portable combat rations for soldiers. Researchers with N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute, located at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, are infusing protein powders and […]

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Researchers work on tastier, healthier military combat rations

The GrowerVicky Boyd Courtesy North Carolina State UniversityNorth Carolina State University researchers are developing protein powders infused with healthful plant nutrients.Even the armed forces are getting on the health bandwagon and are incorporating more fruits and vegetables into their menus. But the produce won’t be in the same form as it is at schools and […]

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North Carolina researchers seek organic alternative to chlorine

The Grower Melissa Shipman North Carolina State University, in partnership with the University of Tennessee, has secured a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to improve the safety of organic produce. The group’s study, “Alternative Post-harvest Washing Solutions to Enhance the Microbial Safety and Quality of Organic Fresh Produce,” began in fall […]

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Berries for Better Health

Summer is a great time of year for many reasons, one of which is the abundant supply of fresh berries. Although many varieties are available fresh or frozen year-round in the grocery store, there is nothing like the sweet satisfaction of fresh summertime berries. Berries are as healthy as they are tasty. In general, they […]

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Phyto-Boosted Rations to Improve the Diets of US Army Soldiers

NC State University Plants for Human Health (PHHI) announced that Director Mary Ann Lila, PhD, and her research team have received $60,000 in grants from the Center for Advanced Processing and Packaging Studies, a National Science Foundation program that fosters partnerships between industry and universities. The grants fund the development of Lila’s technology to concentrate […]

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Efficient Quantification of the Health-Relevant Anthocyanin and Phenolic Acid Profiles in Commercial Cultivars and Breeding Selections of Blueberries ( Vaccinium spp.).

Efficient Quantification of the Health-Relevant Anthocyanin and Phenolic Acid Profiles in Commercial Cultivars and Breeding Selections of Blueberries ( Vaccinium spp.). Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry. Epub May 13, 2013. Yousef GG, Brown AF, Funakoshi Y, Mbeunkui F, Grace MH, Ballington JR, Loraine A, Lila MA. Department of Horticultural Science and Department of Food Bioprocessing and […]

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Novel molecular marker associated with Tm2a gene conferring resistance to tomato mosaic virus in tomato

Novel molecular marker associated with Tm2a gene conferring resistance to tomato mosaic virus in tomato. Plant Breeding. May 2013 Dilip R. Panthee, Allan F. Brown, Gad G. Yousef, Ragy Ibrahem, Candice Anderson. NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute, NC Research Campus. Abstract Tomato mosaic virus (ToMV) is an important Tobamovirus that causes significant […]

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NC State researchers explore using herbal oils to kill pathogens on fruits, vegetables

By: Amber Veverka, &NewsObserver.com When Penelope Perkins-Veazie picks up a cantaloupe, she is probably thinking something a little different from other shoppers, most of whom probably give the fruit a sniff to check for ripeness, then plunk it in the grocery cart. Perkins-Veazie, on the other hand, peers down at the cantaloupe’s netted skin and […]

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Steroidal glycosides from the bulbs of Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum Thunb.) promote dermal fibroblast migration in vitro.

Steroidal glycosides from the bulbs of Easter lily (Lilium longiflorum Thunb.) promote dermal fibroblast migration in vitro. Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Epub May 2, 2013.  Esposito D, Munafo JP, Lucibello T, Baldeon M, Komarnytsky S, Gianfagna TJ. Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey; North Carolina State University Plants for Human […]

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Davidson, Lenoir-Rhyne Students Involved in Cutting-Edge Blueberry Genome Research

PHHI KANNAPOLIS, NC – Cutting-edge research on sequencing the blueberry genome will be incorporated into college curriculum at Davidson College and Lenoir-Rhyne University, in cooperation with N.C. State University at the N.C. Research Campus. Students will be involved in identifying specific genes that can be used to produce plants with desired characteristics, as well as […]

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Blueberry Research, Benefits Bring PHHI Director to New Zealand

Plants for Human Health Institute Part of being an international plant detective involves traversing the globe to locate and study plants and their potential health-promoting properties. Dr. Mary Ann Lila, director of N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) and veteran plant detective, has ongoing research projects in Egypt, Central Asia, Oceania, Mexico, […]

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Tracking Parallel Pathways of Obesity, Diabetes and Inflammation

A generation ago, the prevailing opinion was that once a person became obese they would develop type 2 diabetes. Today, scientists like Slavko Komarnytsky, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacogenomics with NC State University (NCSU) Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) at the NC Research Campus (NCRC), know that obesity and diabetes are related but that […]

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New broccoli could help fight age-related eye problems

  Fresh Plaza A new North Carolina State University study under way at the Plants for Human Health Institute at the North Carolina Research Campus is focused on enhanced levels of lutein in broccoli. Lutein, an antioxidant, is also found in leafy greens such as kale and spinach. Lutein is associated with lowering risks for […]

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Improving Produce Safety

Full of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients like flavonoids and carotenoids, fruits and vegetables are unarguably a nutritious and essential part of a healthy diet. Sometimes produce comes with unwanted pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses. There are steps everyone can take to minimize the effects of these pathogens from food selection choices to how you prepare […]

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Collaborations Driving Ginger Research for Cancer, Anemia

Ginger is appreciated for its aromatic and tangy taste and is enjoyed the world over in everything from entrées to baked goods. Beyond the kitchen, the spice has been used for centuries to calm digestive upsets.  More recent studies have found that bioactive components in ginger have strong anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-diabetic activities. At […]

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Increasing Lutein Levels in Broccoli to Fight Age-Related Eye Problems

PHHI Dr. Allan Brown uses conventional plant breeding methods to enhance lutein levels and other helpful compounds in broccoli. KANNAPOLIS, NC – A new N.C. State University study under way at the Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus is focused on enhanced levels of lutein in broccoli. Lutein, an antioxidant, is […]

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Dietary Antioxidants — Do Foods and Supplements With High Antioxidant Values Guarantee Better Health?

By Sharon Palmer, RD Today’s Dietitian Vol. 15 No. 4 P. 42 For years, edible plants competed for the title of the highest ORAC, a measurement of foods’ total antioxidant capacity. Yet scientists suggest antioxidant metabolism and bioavailability are the keys to greater health benefits. Today’s Dietitian discusses this hot topic with some of the […]

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Increasing Lutein Levels in Broccoli to Fight Age-Related Eye Problems

Plants for Human Health Institute KANNAPOLIS, NC – A new N.C. State University study under way at the Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus is focused on enhanced levels of lutein in broccoli. Lutein, an antioxidant, is also found in leafy greens such as kale and spinach. Lutein is associated with […]

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New broccoli would help fight age-related eye problems

Southeast Farm Press By Leah Chester-Davis, North Carolina State University • Allan Brown’s plan is to develop plant material through hybridization with wild broccoli. • He will then evaluate the new broccoli material to determine its stability and genetic potential for enhanced levels of lutein and beta-carotene. A new North Carolina State University study under […]

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Increasing Lutein Levels in Broccoli to Fight Age-Related Eye Problems

Plants for Human Health Institute KANNAPOLIS, NC – A new N.C. State University study under way at the Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus is focused on enhanced levels of lutein in broccoli. Lutein, an antioxidant, is also found in leafy greens such as kale and spinach. Lutein is associated with […]

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Dietary Antioxidants — Do Foods and Supplements With High Antioxidant Values Guarantee Better Health?

By Sharon Palmer, RD Today’s Dietitian Vol. 15 No. 4 P. 42 For years, edible plants competed for the title of the highest ORAC, a measurement of foods’ total antioxidant capacity. Yet scientists suggest antioxidant metabolism and bioavailability are the keys to greater health benefits. Today’s Dietitian discusses this hot topic with some of the […]

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New broccoli would help fight age-related eye problems

By Leah Chester-Davis, North Carolina State University • Allan Brown’s plan is to develop plant material through hybridization with wild broccoli. • He will then evaluate the new broccoli material to determine its stability and genetic potential for enhanced levels of lutein and beta-carotene. Related Media Consultant survey offers realistic look into North Carolina cotton […]

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Bioactive Polyphenols from Muscadine Grape and Blackcurrant Stably Concentrated onto Protein-rich Matrices for Topical Applications.

Bioactive Polyphenols from Muscadine Grape and Blackcurrant Stably Concentrated onto Protein-rich Matrices for Topical Applications. International Journal of Cosmetic Science. April 2013. Plundrich N, Grace MH, Raskin I, Lila MA. Plants for Human Health Institute, Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences, North Carolina State University, North Carolina Research Campus, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC, […]

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Scientists at NC Research Campus seek to make organic food safer

By: Jenna Barnes, Time Warner Cable News Scientists at NC Research Campus seek to make organic food safer KANNAPOLIS Scientists at the North Carolina Research Campus are developing new ways to make organic food safer. A team of NC State and University of Tennessee researchers received a $2 million grant from the USDA to develop […]

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Scientists at NC Research Campus seek to make organic food safer

By: Jenna Barnes, Time Warner News KANNAPOLIS — Scientists at the North Carolina Research Campus are developing new ways to make organic food safer. A team of NC State and University of Tennessee researchers received a $2 million grant from the USDA to develop a natural product that will kill germs like salmonella, listeria and […]

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PHHI receives USDA grant to combat E. coli

Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute, the University’s agricultural extension program, received a $2 million grant from the USDA to research ways to eliminate the presence of E. coli in produce that could end up in homes. Holden Broyhill, Staff Writer, TechnicianOnline   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research […]

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PHHI receives USDA grant to combat E. coli

Holden Broyhill, Staff Writer, The Technicianonline Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute, the University’s agricultural extension program, received a $2 million grant from the USDA to research ways to eliminate the presence of E. coli in produce that could end up in homes   The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture […]

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Research Shows Blueberries Fight Obesity, Diabetes

Dr Mary Ann Lia from North Carolina State University speaks to Breakfast about the wonders of blueberries. http://tvnz.co.nz/breakfast-news/research-shows-blueberries-fight-obesity-diabetes-video-5384990

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Antiplasmodial activity of cucurbitacin glycosides from Datisca glomerata (C. Presl) Baill.

Antiplasmodial activity of cucurbitacin glycosides from Datisca glomerata (C. Presl) Baill. Phytochemistry.   Science Direct March 2013. Rocky Graziosea, Mary H. Grace, Thirumurugan Rathinasabapathyd, Patricio Rojas-Silva, Carmen Dekock, Alexander Pouleva, Mary Ann Lila, Peter Smith, Ilya Raskina. Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, SEBS, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; Plants for Human Health Institute, North […]

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FDA, NCRC Scientists Collaborate On New Standards For Salmonella-Free Tomatoes

The North Carolina Research Campus Scientists with the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute and its NC Cooperative Extension outreach component, located at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, are collaborating with the US Food and Drug Administration on a joint project to establish new standards to prevent Salmonella contamination of tomatoes. From […]

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NCBiotech Awards Total $2.9M in Quarter

Life-science companies, start-ups, event sponsors, researchers and educators received $2.9 million in loans and grants from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center during the second fiscal quarter. The awards, in 10 programs, went to successful applicants across the state to support life-science entrepreneurship, technology commercialization and education. NCBiotech has been awarding this type of funding since […]

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NCSU bags $2M organic foods research grant

RALEIGH – A group of N.C. State University researchers will share in a $2 million grant to naturally improve the safety of organic produce. The $2 million grant, which comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) program, will be shared with scientists at the University of Tennessee Institute […]

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North Carolina, Tennessee scientists teaming up to improve organic produce safety

The Southeast Farm Express By Justin Moore, North Carolina State University A group of scientists at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture and North Carolina State University are working together to improve the safety of organic produce — naturally. Their study, “Alternative Post-harvest Washing Solutions to Enhance the Microbial Safety and Quality of Organic […]

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Effects of pregnane glycosides on food intake depend on stimulation of the melanocortin pathway and BDNF in an animal model

Effects of pregnane glycosides on food intake depend on stimulation of the melanocortin pathway and BDNF in an animal model. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. February 27, 2013. Komarnytsky S, Esposito D, Rathinasabapathy T, Poulev A, Raskin I. NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute, NC Research Campus. Abstract Pregnane glycosides appear to modulate food […]

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Area teens conducting scientific trials on tomatoes

By Lukas Johnson, Charlotte Observer Students at four Rowan County high schools are conducting scientific trials on tomatoes to see if industry pruning standards are superior to extra pruning or no pruning at all. The hands-on agricultural research project is being led by Jeremy Pattison with the Plants for Human Health Institute at the North […]

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Students test tomato-growing techniques

By Karissa Minn, Salisbury Post   Students at South Rowan High School harvest tomatoes from plants in the school’s greenhouse. With the help of the N.C. Research Campus, students at four high schools in the county are testing different methods of growing winter tomatoes. Photo by Karissa Minn, Salisbury Post. SALISBURY — Students at four […]

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Students Learn Research Principles While Raising Winter Tomatoes

  KANNAPOLIS, NC – Students at high schools in Rowan County are immersed in a learning experience that takes them beyond their textbooks. Instead of reading about scientific test trials on agricultural crops, they are actually performing the trials themselves, with oversight from N.C. State University faculty member Dr. Jeremy Pattison. He is a faculty […]

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Students Learn Research Principles While Raising Winter Tomatoes

KANNAPOLIS, NC – Students at high schools in Rowan County are immersed in a learning experience that takes them beyond their textbooks. Instead of reading about scientific test trials on agricultural crops, they are actually performing the trials themselves, with oversight from N.C. State University faculty member Dr. Jeremy Pattison. He is a faculty member […]

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Blueberry polyphenol-enriched soybean flour reduces hyperglycemia, body weight gain and serum cholesterol in mice.

Blueberry polyphenol-enriched soybean flour reduces hyperglycemia, body weight gain and serum cholesterol in mice. Pharmacological Research. February 2013. Roopchand DE, Kuhn P, Rojo LE, Lila MA, Raskin I. Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences; Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC […]

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Continuous infusion of 20-hydroxyecdysone increased mass of triceps brachii in C57BL/6 mice.

Continuous infusion of 20-hydroxyecdysone increased mass of triceps brachii in C57BL/6 mice.Phytotherapy Research. January 27, 2013. Cheng DM, Kutzler LW, Boler DD, Drnevich J, Killefer J, Lila MA (NC State Plants for Human Health Institute). Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801. Abstract Phytoecdysteroids have been attributed with numerous […]

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Polymeric Systems Incorporating Plant Viral Nanoparticles for Tailored Release of Therapeutics

Polymeric Systems Incorporating Plant Viral Nanoparticles for Tailored Release of Therapeutics. Advanced Healthcare Materials. January 20, 2013. Honarbakhsh S, Guenther RH, Willoughby JA, Lommel SA (Plants for Human Health Institute and DHMRI, NC Research Campus), Pourdeyhimi B.  The Nonwovens Institute, North Carolina State University, 2401 Research Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina, 27695 USA. Abstract Therapeutic polylactide […]

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At NCRC, a year of milestones

By Hugh Fisherhfisher@salisburypost.com   Hugh Fisher/for the salisbury post John Shea, research technician at the N.C. Research Campus and UNC-Charlotte graduate student, compiles data from a recent study of nutrients in different varieties of blueberries. Shea said his NCRC experience will give him an advantage in his future career. KANNAPOLIS – The North Carolina Research […]

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Collaborations Driving Ginger Research For Cancer, Anemia Treatments

Ginger is more commonly appreciated for its aromatic and tangy taste enjoyed the world over in everything from entrées to baked goods. Beyond the kitchen, the spice has been used for centuries to calm digestive upsets.  More recent studies have found that bioactive components in ginger have strong anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-diabetic activities. At […]

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Collaborations Driving Ginger Research For Cancer, Anemia Treatments

Ginger is more commonly appreciated for its aromatic and tangy taste enjoyed the world over in everything from entrées to baked goods. Beyond the kitchen, the spice has been used for centuries to calm digestive upsets.  More recent studies have found that bioactive components in ginger have strong anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-diabetic activities. At […]

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N.C. State Studying Cancer-fighting Compounds in Ginger

N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), located at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, has partnered with the University of Surrey in England to conduct research involving plants and potential cancer treatments. At the root of the research is ginger, which scientists are studying for its potential cancer-fighting properties. Dr. Mary Grace, […]

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Charlotte conference highlights region’s life-sciences research

By Jeremy Summers, NCBiotech Writer Charlotte is known for its strong financial roots, diverse business climate and   for being the unofficial home of NASCAR. Thanks to new commitments to education and research, the region is also gaining some recognition as a hotbed for cutting edge research and technologies in biotech and other life-sciences industries. […]

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NCRC Focus of UNC Charlotte Life Sciences Conference

Contact: Phyllis Beaver Marketing Director North Carolina Research Campus pbeaver@ncresearchcampus.net www.ncresearchcampus.net   (NC Research Campus, Kannapolis, NC- October 23, 2012)- The North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis, a 350-acre life science research center just north of Charlotte, is the focus of the eleventh annual UNC Charlotte Life Sciences Conference. The conference is being held on […]

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Pregnane glycosides interfere with steroidogenic enzymes to down-regulate corticosteroid production in human adrenocortical H295R cells

Pregnane glycosides interfere with steroidogenic enzymes to down-regulate corticosteroid production in human adrenocortical H295R cells. Journal of Cellular Physiology. October 2012. Komarnytsky S, Esposito D, Poulev A, Raskin I. Rutgers University and NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute. Abstract A group of bioactive steroidal glycosides (pregnanes) with anorectic activity in animals was isolated […]

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Antiplasmodial activity of the ethnobotanical plant Cassia fistula.

Antiplasmodial activity of the ethnobotanical plant Cassia fistula. National Product Communications.  October 2012. Grace MH, Lategan C, Graziose R, Smith PJ, Raskin I, Lila MA. NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute. Abstract In our ongoing investigation of new compounds with activity against malaria parasites, we tested the in vitro antiplasmodial activity of fractions […]

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Brassica Breakthroughs

Research conducted at the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) has resulted in a range of findings from the development of a functional food powder to the genome sequencing of the blueberry to recent findings revealing the benefits of plant steroids. Specifically, the brassinosteroid homobrassinolide, which is found in all plants and regulates growth […]

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Murdoch Institute will get funding for genome group

KANNAPOLIS – The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) announced today that it will receive funding from the North Carolina Biotechnology Center to sponsor the Genomic Sciences Regional Exchange Group (Gene REG) which is designed to focus on genomics-based research. Gene REG will serve as a forum for discussing scientific ideas, new directions and data […]

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Researchers Report on New Brain, Heart and Vision Health Studies at Annual Wild Blueberry Health Research Summit

A growing body of research focuses on understanding how the antioxidants and other compounds in Wild Blueberries function in the body to promote human health and prevent disease in a number of areas. The 15th annual Wild Blueberry Health Summit offers new evidence that eating blueberries may help protect against a wide range of chronic […]

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Hypoglycemic effects of brassinosteroid in diet-induced obese mice

Hypoglycemic effects of brassinosteroid in diet-induced obese mice. Amerian Journal of Physiology, Endriconology and Metabolism. September 2012. Esposito D, Kizelsztein P, Komarnytsky S, Raskin I. North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute. Abstract The prevalence of obesity is increasing globally, and obesity is a major risk factor for metabolic diseases such as type […]

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60,000 Square-Foot Medical Office Building Breaks Ground

Published in Opportunities, a quarterly real estate to research newsletter of the NC Research Campus August  30, 2012   Heavy equipment rolled onto the NCRC breaking the ground for the construction of a new medical office building. The 60,000-square-foot building along with the Cabarrus Health Alliance headquarters, which opened earlier this year, anchors the campus’ medical […]

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“Pack ‘N Cool” Provides Farmers with Mobile Refrigeration Solution

Link to original article N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) has developed a new mobile cooling unit for farmers. The five-by-eight-feet refrigerated trailer – called the “Pack ‘N Cool” – is designed to keep fruits and vegetables at ideal temperatures during transport to and from farmers markets or as they’re harvested in […]

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Vegetable steroids build up muscle mass

Leah Chester-Davis, North Carolina State University   Mustard greens and cabbage could very well be back-up plants for Popeye’s spinach when it comes to building muscles and increasing physical performance. Recent studies show that brassinosteroids present in mustard and other Brassica plants such as cabbage or broccoli trigger a physiological response in rats that is […]

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Research: Greens could build muscle

The Salisbury Post KANNAPOLIS — Researchers working for N.C. State University in Kannapolis have shown mustard greens and cabbage could be back-up plants for Popeye’s spinach when it comes to building muscles and increasing physical performance. Recent studies at the NCSU Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus show that compounds called […]

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NCSU Opens Greenhouse Complex

NC State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) is operating a $340,000 greenhouse complex on Glenn Avenue about a mile from the NCRC. The complex  strengthens  NCSU’s infrastructure at the NCRC, creating about 10,000 square feet of additional space for plant trials and fostering relationships with business and campus partners that can rent space for […]

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NCSU, Dole Launch Industry-Academic Postdoc

At the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, the North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) and the Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory have collaborated to form a joint industry-academic postdoctoral fellowship, the first of its kind at the NCRC.  Postdoctoral positions are a common first career step for those who have just […]

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Plant Steroids Hold Promise for Increase in Muscle Mass and Physical Performance

Plants for Human Health Institute Mustard greens and cabbage could very well be back-up plants for Popeye’s spinach when it comes to building muscles and increasing physical performance.  Recent studies show that brassinosteroids present in mustard and other Brassica plants such as cabbage or broccoli trigger a physiological response in rats that is similar to […]

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North Carolina ramps up research at greenhouse center

Doug Ohlemeier, The Packer Link to article North Carolina researchers are trying to improve the marketability of the state’s vegetable plants by using a newly constructed greenhouse operation. North Carolina State University North Carolina State University constructed a $340,000 greenhouse complex to study fruit and vegetable varieties. North Carolina State University is using its $340,000 […]

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NC State starts operations at Kannapolis greenhouses

Link to original article KANNAPOLIS — N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute has started operations in three new greenhouses near the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis. The $340,000 greenhouse complex will strengthen N.C. State’s infrastructure at the life sciences hub, the university said. The complex creates about 10,000 square feet of additional space […]

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NC Research Campus adds post-doctoral fellowship

By: Jennifer Thomas, Charlotte Business Journal Two operations at the N.C. Research Campus have created a post-doctoral fellowship that’s the first of its kind at the biotech hub in Kannapolis. It’s a joint initiative of the N.C. State University Plants for Human Health Institute and the Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory. The fellowship is intended to […]

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N.C. State Hosting Scientists from Bhutan at N.C. Research Campus

Plants for Human Health Institute Link to original article N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI), located at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, is hosting two visiting scholars from Bhutan this month as part of an international partnership that promotes environmental conservation and the discovery of health-beneficial plant compounds. The Bhutanese scientists, […]

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Kannapolis Scholars Conference Focuses on the Role of Exercise in Obesity Prevention

  Link to original article The Kannapolis Scholars, a program of N.C. State University at the N.C. Research Campus, is hosting its second conference on how to address the challenges of obesity. “Lost in Translation: A Conversation on Exercise and Obesity” will be held on Friday, July 27, 2012, from 10:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. […]

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Simultaneous extraction and quantitation of carotenoids, chlorophylls, and tocopherols in brassica vegetables.

Simultaneous extraction and quantitation of carotenoids, chlorophylls, and tocopherols in brassica vegetables.  Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, July 2012. Guzman I, Yousef GG, Brown AF. NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute. Abstract Brassica oleracea vegetables, such as broccoli (B. oleracea L. var. italica) and cauliflower (B. oleracea L. var. botrytis), are known […]

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Comparison of Health-Relevant Flavonoids in Commonly Consumed Cranberry Products.

Comparison of Health-Relevant Flavonoids in Commonly Consumed Cranberry Products. Journal of Food Science, July 2012. Mbeunkui F, Grace MH, Yousef GG, Ann Lila M. NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute. Abstract The human health benefits from consumption of cranberry products have been associated with the fruits’ unique flavonoid composition, including a complex profile […]

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Grafting Effects on Vegetable Quality

Grafting Effects on Vegetable Quality HortScience June 2012, Angela R. Davis1 and Penelope Perkins-Veazie U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service, South Central Agricultural Research Laboratory, P.O. Box 159, Highway 3 West, Lane, OK 74555,  Richard Hassell Clemson University, CREC, 2700 Savannah, Highway, Charleston, SC 29414, Amnon Levi U.S. Vegetable Laboratory, USDA, ARS, 2700 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29414, Stephen R. King Vegetable Fruit […]

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Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky Contributes Chapter to New Book

A North Carolina State University professor is one of the authors of a new book about using antibodies to deliver drugs more accurately to diagnose and treat various diseases. Dr. Slavko Komarnytsky, a metabolic biologist and assistant professor with the N.C. State University Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences and the Plants for Human […]

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PHHI Business Director Wins Award for Excellence

Tara Vogelien, director for business and research administration with NC State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute, received the Award for Excellence from the university’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The award annually recognizes outstanding individual accomplishments and contributions to the college mission. Read the news release. 

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PHHI Business Director Wins Award for Excellence

Tara Vogelien (second from right), director for business and research administration with N.C. State’s Plants for Human Health Institute, received a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Award for Excellence in Raleigh on May 18, 2012. Vogelien is joined by (L-R) Dr. Penelope Perkins-Veazie, Dr. Mary Ann Lila, Dr. Steve Lommel and Dr. Johnny Wynne. […]

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Mobile hand-washing stations help reduce risks

Acknowledging that hand washing is a basic element in growers’ food safety plans, researchers at North Carolina State University have developed prototypes of portable hand-washing stations that can be fabricated for as little as $2,000. Based on grower feedback during field tests for large commercial growing operations, the N.C. State extension staff went to work […]

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N.C. State develops mobile hand-washing stations for growers

Farm and Dairy RALEIGH, N.C. — As food safety issues continue to garner national attention, N.C. State University is helping farmers in North Carolina take steps to manage food safety risks.   Uses N.C. State has developed two portable hand-washing station prototypes as customizable models for local growers in an effort to help them provide […]

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Hand-washing stations help farmers reduce food safety risks

By Justin Moore, North Carolina State University As food safety issues continue to garner national attention, North Carolina State University is helping farmers in the state take steps to manage food safety risks. North Carolina State has developed two portable hand-washing station prototypes as customizable models for local growers in an effort to help them […]

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Kannapolis Scholars Program Featured in Healthy Connections

Healthy Connections   N.C. State University graduate student Amanda Draut has made great strides toward the career she describes as “a food product developer with a nutritional spin,” since she arrived at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. She entered the master’s degree program in the CALS Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences […]

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N.C. STATE SEEKING STUDENTS FOR N.C. RESEARCH CAMPUS INTERNSHIPS

Plants for Human Health Institute N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute (PHHI) is looking for interns to work and study at its state-of-the-art scientific facility at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis this summer. The Institute places interns in labs and fields with leading scientists for three months, offering hands-on experience with real-world […]

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COTTLE FARMS EXPLORING VALUE-ADDED MUSCADINE PRODUCTS WITH NCVACS AWARD

Plants for Human Health Institute The folks at Cottle Farms have made it their business to meet consumer demand for quality fresh fruits and vegetables since Ned Cottle sowed his first strawberries in 1964 in Faison, N.C. At that time, the market for “U-pick” berries was on the rise as California began to take control […]

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Cabbage Breeding Program Kicks Off In North Carolina

Growing Produce North Carolina State University Plants for human Health Institute in Kannapolis, NC, has researchers studying more than 300 cabbage varieties for a cabbage breeding program. Leading the project is Dr. Gad Yousef, senior research scientist, and Dr. Allan Brown, assistant professor, who received a grant from USDA to study the genetic diversity of […]

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US (NC): Plants for Human Health Institute Cabbage Breeding Program

FreshPlaza Two scientists with the North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis are studying more than 300 cabbage varieties as part of the initial phase in a cabbage breeding program. Dr. Gad Yousef, senior research scientist, and Dr. Allan Brown, assistant professor, recently received grant funding […]

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Where the wild berries grow

By Jessica Wapner Cosmos Magazine The wild berries of Alaska may safeguard both the health and economic future of native communities, but only if rising temperatures don’t interfere first. Salmonberries belong to the same genus as raspberries. They have traditionally been used for treating wounds, and the leaves and stems of blackberries are used to treat […]

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Healthy Connections

NC State News Center CALS graduate student Amanda Draut and fellow Kannapolis Scholars host conference to improve communication about childhood obesity. N.C. State University graduate student Amanda Draut has made great strides toward the career she describes as “a food product developer with a nutritional spin,” since she arrived at the College of Agriculture and […]

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Healthy Connections

NC State News Center Becky Kirkland photoKannapolis Scholar Amanda Draut CALS graduate student Amanda Draut and fellow Kannapolis Scholars host conference to improve communication about childhood obesity. N.C. State University graduate student Amanda Draut has made great strides toward the career she describes as “a food product developer with a nutritional spin,” since she arrived […]

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Isolation and structural elucidation of indole alkaloids from Geissospermum vellosii by mass spectrometry.

Isolation and structural elucidation of indole alkaloids from Geissospermum vellosii by mass spectrometry. Journal of Chromatology, February 2012. Mbeunkui F, Grace MH, Lila MA. NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute. Abstract Alkaloids from the stem bark of Geissospermum vellosii possess a variety of therapeutic properties including antimalarial activities, activity as a sexual stimulant […]

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Website for blackberry, raspberry growers wins award

NC State News Center KANNAPOLIS, NC – N.C. MarketReady, a program of N.C. State University’s Plants for Human Health Institute at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis, received the Southern Region American Society for Horticultural Science Extension Blue Ribbon Communication Award for its Blackberry & Raspberry Growers Information Portal. The award was accepted by Dr. Penelope […]

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N.C. STATE HELPS AGRICULTURAL BUSINESSES GAIN $1.2 MILLION IN USDA GRANTS

Plants for Human Health Institute N.C. State University’s North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program provided more than $100,000 in matching funds to help N.C. agricultural producers apply for and secure nearly $1.2 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants. The USDA last week announced the recipients of its Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG), eight of which […]

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ASU Recruiting Runners for Nutrasorb Study

NCRC The Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis is recruiting male and female runners for a study testing the effectiveness of a 17-day course of Nutrasorb, a supplement developed in part by Mary Ann Lila, PhD, director of the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute also […]

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In vitro antiplasmodial activity of indole alkaloids from the stem bark of Geissospermum vellosii

In vitro antiplasmodial activity of indole alkaloids from the stem bark of Geissospermum vellosii. Journal of Ethnopharmacology, January 2012. Mbeunkui F, Grace MH, Lategan C, Smith PJ, Raskin I, Lila MA. North Carolina State University Plants for Human Health Institute. Abstract ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The stem bark of Geissospermum vellosii has been traditionally used by the […]

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N.C. MARKETREADY ANNOUNCES 2012 EQUIPMENT FUNDING FOR AGRICULTURAL OPERATIONS

Plants for Human Health Institute The North Carolina Value-Added Cost Share (NCVACS) program, administered by N.C. MarketReady, is now accepting applications for the 2012 equipment cost share funding cycle. The program, funded by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, provides up to $50,000 to agricultural producers and processors seeking to purchase specialized equipment to start or […]

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Prospects for Commercialisation of an Alaska Native Wild Resource as a Commodity Crop

Prospects for Commercialisation of an Alaska Native Wild Resource as a Commodity Crop Joshua Kellogg, Clyde Higgs and Mary Ann Lila The emerging research evidence regarding functional food health benefits, coupled with the modern rise in degenerative and lifestyle-related health conditions, has created a growing market in the United States: the super-fruit. Wild berries, which […]

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Impact of Bioflavonoids from Berryfruits on Biomarkers of Metabolic Syndrome

Impact of Bioflavonoids from Berryfruits on Biomarkers of Metabolic Syndrome Mary Ann Lila , Plants for Human Health Institute, North Carolina State University, 600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis, NC 28081, USA Abstract The phytochemical constituents which comprise many edible berry fruits have increasingly been linked to modulation of biomarkers associated with conditions of diabetes, overweight/obesity, and cardiovascular […]

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Wound-healing properties of nut oil from Pouteria lucuma.

Wound-healing properties of nut oil from Pouteria lucuma. Rojo LE1, Villano CM, Joseph G, Schmidt B, Shulaev V, Shuman JL, Lila MA, Raskin I. Abstract BACKGROUND: Cell migration, angiogenesis, inflammation, and extracellular matrix remodeling are key events in wound healing. Natural products, including fatty acids (FAs), can accelerate wound healing by modulating the aforementioned events. AIMS: This study aims to evaluate the […]

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Blueberries: Genotype-dependent variation in antioxidant, free-radical scavenging, and prebiotic activities

Blueberries: Genotype-dependent variation in antioxidant, free-radical scavenging, and prebiotic activities A.L. Molan1*, M. A. Lila2 and G. Ravindran 1 Institute of Food, Nutrition and Human Health, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand * Corresponding author: Tel: +64-6-350 4799; Fax: +64-6-350 5446; E-mail address: A.L.Molan@massey.ac.nz 2College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, […]

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Berries from South America a Comprehensive Review on: Chemistry, Health Implications and Commercialization.

Schrenkinger, Maria Elisa, Jennifer Lotton, Mary Ann Lila and Elvira Gonzalez de Mejia. 2010. Berries from South America a Comprehensive Review on: Chemistry, Health Implications and Commercialization. Journal of Medicinal Food 13(2): 233-246. Abstract Dietary intake of berry fruits has been demonstrated to positively impact human health. Interest in exploring new and exotic types of […]

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Wound healing properties of fatty acids fromPouterialucumae.

Rojo, Leonel, Caren Villano, G. Joseph, B. Schmidt, V. Shulaev, Mary Ann Lila and Ilya Raskin. 2010. Wound healing properties of fatty acids fromPouterialucumae. Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology 9: 185-195. Abstract BACKGROUND: Cell migration, angiogenesis, inflammation, and extracellular matrix remodeling are key events in wound healing. Natural products, including fatty acids (FAs), can accelerate wound […]

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Tracking deposition of a 14C-radiolabeled hairy root-derived isoflavone-rich fraction into bone

Mun, Jonathan G, Michael D. Grannan, Pamela J. Lachcik, Randy B. Rogers, Gad G. Yousef, Mary H. Grace, Elsa M. Janle, Qing Li Wu, James E. Simon, Connie M. Weaver and Mary Ann Lila. Tracking deposition of a 14C-radiolabeled hairy root-derived isoflavone-rich fraction into bone. Experimental Biology and Medicine 235: 1224-1235. Abstract Hairy roots were […]

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Phytochemical Characterization of an Adaptogenic Preparation from Rhodiola heterodonta

Phytochemical Characterization of an Adaptogenic Preparation from Rhodiola heterodonta Mary H. Grace,a Gad G. Yousef,a Anvar G. Kurmukov,b Ilya Raskin,c and Mary Ann Lila Abstract The phytochemical constituents of a biologically active, standardized, 80% ethanol extract of Rhodiola heterodonta were characterized. The extract was fractionated over a Sephadex LH-20 column to afford two main fractions […]

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In vitro and in vivo evaluation of the prebiotic activity of water-soluble blueberry extracts

In vitro and in vivo evaluation of the prebiotic activity of water-soluble blueberry extracts Abdul Lateef Molan, Mary Ann Lila, John Mawson, Shampa De Abstract The prebiotic effects of water extracts of two blueberry (BBE) cultivars (‘Centurion’ and ‘Maru’) were studied using pure and mixed cultures of human faecal bacteria. The results demonstrated for the first time that […]

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Postharvest Challenges for Organically Grown Orchard Fruit

Postharvest Challenges for Organically Grown Orchard Fruit Penelope Perkins-Veazie Abstract Switching from conventional to organic production requires a philosophical shift and recognition of different production system inputs plus postharvest handling challenges. First, and most obvious, is the replacement of common and readily available manufactured chemical inputs with approved “natural” or “nature-made compounds” (i.e., organic) for […]

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Interactions Between Flavonoids that Benefit Human Health

Interactions Between Flavonoids that Benefit Human Health Mary Ann Lila Abstract Interactions between anthocyanin pigments and other flavonoids or other phytochemicals accumulating within a plant contribute significantly to the ability of natural plant extracts (ingested as food or pharmaceutical product) to protect human health or mitigate disease damage. Interactions are the rule, rather than the […]

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ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECT ON ANTIOXIDANT CONTENT OF TEN RASPBERRY CULTIVARS

ENVIRONMENTAL EFFECT ON ANTIOXIDANT CONTENT OF TEN RASPBERRY CULTIVARS P.P. Moore, P. Perkins-Veazie, C.A. Weber, L. Howard Abstract: Ten red raspberry cultivars grown in New York and Washington were harvested in 2002 and 2003 and analyzed for fruit composition and antioxidant content. The contributions of production environment and year were compared to genetic variability. Fruit […]

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Enhancement of Tomato Fruit Lycopene by Potassium Is Cultivar Dependent

Enhancement of Tomato Fruit Lycopene by Potassium Is Cultivar Dependent Henry Taber Department of Horticulture, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011,  Penelope Perkins-Veazie USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Lane, OK 74555, Shanshan Lil and Wendy White Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, Ames, IA 50011, Steven Rodermel and Yang Xu Abstract The purpose of this experiment was to determine […]

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Hypoglycemic activity of a novel anthocyanin-rich formulation from lowbush blueberry, Vaccinium angustifoliumAiton.

Grace, M., David M. Ribnicky, Peter Kuhn, Alex Poulev, Sithes Logendra, Gad G. Yousef, Ilya Raskin and Mary Ann Lila. 2009. Hypoglycemic activity of a novel anthocyanin-rich formulation from lowbush blueberry, Vaccinium angustifoliumAiton. Phytomedicine 16: 406-415. Abstract Blueberry fruits are known as a rich source of anthocyanin components. In this study we demonstrate that anthocyanins […]

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In vivo metabolic tracking of 14C-labeled isoflavones in kudzu and red clover extracts

Mun, J., Michael Grannan, Pamela Lachcik, Adam Reppert, Gad G. Yousef, Randy B. Rogers, Elsa M. Janle, Connie M. Weaver and Mary Ann Lila. 2009. In vivo metabolic tracking of 14C-labeled isoflavones in kudzu and red clover extracts. British Journal of Nutrition 102: 1523–1530. Abstract Absorption, distribution and elimination of 14C-labelled isoflavone-containing extracts from kudzu […]

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Research highlights from the Purdue-UAB Botanicals Research Center for Age-related Diseases

Weaver, Connie M., Steve Barnes, James M. Wyss, Helen Kim, D. M. Morre, D.J. Morre, James E. Simon, Mary Ann Lila, Elsa Janle and Mario Ferruzzi. 2009. Research highlights from the Purdue-UAB Botanicals Research Center for Age-related Diseases. Pharmceutical Biology 47: 768-773. PMID: 19890436. Abstract The Purdue-UAB Botanicals Research Center for Age Related Disease uses […]

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Isolation and linkage mapping of NBS-LRR resistance gene analogs in red raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) and classification among 270 Rosaceae NBS-LRR genes

Isolation and linkage mapping of NBS-LRR resistance gene analogs in red raspberry (Rubus idaeus L.) and classification among 270 Rosaceae NBS-LRR genes Suren K. Samuelian, Angela M. Baldo, Jeremy A. Pattison, Courtney A. Weber Abstract Plant R genes confer resistance to pathogens in a gene-for-gene mode. Seventy-five putative resistance gene analogs (RGAs) containing conserved domains were cloned from […]

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Genetic diversity in the USDA Limnanthes germplasm collection assessed by simple sequence repeats

Genetic diversity in the USDA Limnanthes germplasm collection assessed by simple sequence repeats Linda M. Donnellya1a2 p1, Maria M. Jendereka1 p2 c1, James P. Princea2, Patrick A. Reevesa3, Allan Browna1 and Richard M. Hannana4   a1 National Arid Land Plant Genetic Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Parlier, CA 93648, USA a2 Department of Biology, California State University Fresno, Fresno, CA […]

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Plant extracts from Central Asia showing anti-inflammatory activities in gene expression assays

Dey, Moul, C. Ripoll, R. Pouleva, R. Dorn, I. Aranovich, D Zaurov, A Kurmukov, M. Eliseyeva, I. Belolipov, A. Akimaliev, I. Sodombekov, D. Akimaliev, M.A. Lila and I. Raskin. 2008. Plant extracts from Central Asia showing anti-inflammatory activities in gene expression assays. Phytotherapy Research 22: 929-934. Abstract Plant natural products remain a good resource for […]

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Phytochemical composition and metabolic performance enhancing activity of dietary berries traditionally used by native North Americans

Kraft, Tristan F. Burns, David M. Ribnicky, Randy B. Rogers, Moul Dey, Will Cefalu, David M. Gipp, Ilya Raskin and Mary Ann Lila. 2008. Phytochemical composition and metabolic performance enhancing activity of dietary berries traditionally used by native North Americans. Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry 56: 654-600. Abstract Four wild berry species, Amelanchier alnifolia, […]

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Antiradical capacity and induction of apoptosis in HeLa cells by a Phaseolus vulgarisextract

Aparicio-Fernández, Xochitl, Rosalia Reynoso-Camacho, Eduardo Castaño-Tostado, Teresa García-Gasca, Elvira González de Mejía, Horacio Guzmán-Maldonado, Guillermo Elizondo, Gad Gabra Yousef, Mary Ann Lila and Guadalupe Loarca-Pina. 2008. Antiradical capacity and induction of apoptosis in HeLa cells by a Phaseolus vulgarisextract. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 63: 35-40. Abstract Jamapa bean is a black Phaseolus vulgaris variety […]

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Botanicals for age related diseases: from field to practice

Weaver, Connie M., Stephen Barnes, J. Michael Wyss, Helen Kim, Dorothy M. Morré, D. James Morré, James E. Simon, Mary Ann Lila, Elsa M. Janle and Mario G. Ferruzzi. 2008. Botanicals for age related diseases: from field to practice. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 87: 493S-497S. Abstract The Purdue-University of Alabama Botanicals Research Center for […]

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Phytoecdysteroids increase protein synthesis in skeletal muscle cells

Gorelick-Feldman, Jonathan, David MacLean, Nebojsa Ilic, Alexander Poulev, Mary Ann Lila, Diana Cheng and Ilya Raskin. 2008. Phytoecdysteroids increase protein synthesis in skeletal muscle cells. Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry 56: 3532-3537. Abstract Phytoecdysteroids, which are structurally similar or identical to insect molting hormones, produce a range of effects in mammals, including increasing growth […]

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Neo-Clerodane diterpenes from Ajugaturkestanica

Grace, Mary, Diana Cheng, Ilya Raskin and Mary Ann Lila. 2008. Neo-Clerodane diterpenes from Ajugaturkestanica. Phytochemistry Letters 1: 81-84. Abstract The ethyl acetate extract of the aerial parts of Ajuga turkestanica afforded 6 neo-clerodane diterpenes, including two novel compounds, 14, 15-dihydroajugachin B (1) and 14-hydro-15-methoxyajugachin B (2), in addition to the known diterpenoids chamaepitin (3), […]

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Isolation of biolabeled isoflavones from kudzu (Puerarialobata) root cultures.

Reppert, Adam, Gad G. Yousef, Randy B. Rogers and Mary Ann Lila. 2008. Isolation of biolabeled isoflavones from kudzu (Puerarialobata) root cultures. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 56: 7860-7865. Abstract Isoflavones have potential for preventing and treating several chronic health conditions, such as osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. In this study, radiolabeled isoflavones were […]

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Clarifying the Source of Black Shank Resistance in Flue-cured Tobacco

Clarifying the Source of Black Shank Resistance in Flue-cured Tobacco Charles S. Johnson, Professor, Jeremy A. Pattison, Assistant Professor, and Elizabeth M. Clevinger, Research Specialist Senior, Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blackstone 23824; Thomas A. Melton, Assistant Director and Associate State Program Leader ANR/CRD, North Carolina Cooperative Extension, North Carolina State University, Raleigh 27695; Bruce A. Fortnum,Professor, Clemson University, Pee Dee Research and Education Center, Florence, […]

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