The Power of Blueberries featured in Today’s Dietician

October 13, 2014

See the article as posted on the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute website.  Originally published in the October 2014 issue of Today’s Dietitian. (Read the full article on the Today’s Dietitian website.) See the article as Dr. Mary Ann Lila, director of the Plants for Human Health Institute, was featured in the October […]

Scientific coalition studies plants’ role in fighting disease

July 28, 2014

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 […]

A Watermelon Tale: Science, Size and Surprising Uses

June 20, 2014

Once, people wanted big watermelons with lots of seeds. “Now,” explained Penelope Perkins-Veazie, PhD, post-harvest physiologist with the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute at the NC Research Campus, “there are personal-size watermelons in the produce section, and, today, most US melons are seedless.” Perkins-Veazie has researched watermelon fruit for 15 years working […]

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.

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 […]