NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute

Arabidopsis: An Ideal Plant

April 15, 2014

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.

Blueberries Reduce Risk of Parkinson’s, Boost Brain Function Finds New Study

April 08, 2014

By Justin Moore, as published on the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute Website. A recent study has shown that consumption of blueberries, long considered a “super food,” may protect human brain performance and reduce the risk of contracting Parkinson’s disease. In the United States, it is estimated that one million people suffer […]

Cook to Preserve Phyto-Nutrient Benefits

November 15, 2013

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 […]

Diabetes and Bioactives

November 15, 2013

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 […]

Exercise and Polyphenols: Absorption and Afterburn Effect

September 13, 2013

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 […]

Berries for Better Health

May 13, 2013

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 […]

Improving Produce Safety

April 09, 2013

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 […]

Collaborations Driving Ginger Research for Cancer, Anemia

April 09, 2013

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 […]

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

March 06, 2013

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 […]

Brassica Breakthroughs

October 09, 2012

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 […]

NCSU Opens Greenhouse Complex

August 09, 2012

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 […]

NCSU, Dole Launch Industry-Academic Postdoc

August 09, 2012

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 […]

PHHI Business Director Wins Award for Excellence

June 09, 2012

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.