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    In the trees and grasses of the South, there are a growing number of unwanted visitors that at best are an itchy nuisance and at worst can carry debilitating diseases: Ticks.

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Every day, more than 100 million people throughout South and Southeast Asia drink well water contaminated by toxic levels of arsenic. But two NC State University scientists are conducting fundamental research aimed at changing that.

CALS researchers have spent five years working on a National Science Foundation-funded grant to study the inflorescence architecture, or variation in the arrangement of flowers, of the dogwood.

When it comes to invasive plant species, hydrilla is one of the "worst of the worst," according to Aquatics Research and Extension Associate Dr. Brett Hartis. An N.C. Sea Grant video highlights the work that Hartis and others are doing to address the growing threat in the Chowan River and Albemarle Sound. www.youtube.com/...

When Sandy whipped through the Mid-Atlantic, also swept through an NCSU research project collecting data on NYC insects. Researchers return to the storm-ravaged region shortly. Ecologists Amy Savage & Elsa Youngsteadt placed sticky card traps, data loggers & other measuring devices in NYC park trees. Youngsteadt was studying how urban warming affects arthropods (scale insects, leaf hoppers, caterpillars). Savage was studying the ecology of Manhattan’s ants. bulletin.ncsu.edu/2013/02/insects/

Researchers from North Carolina State University have found that one of the most aggressive invasive ant species in the United States – the Argentine ant – appears to have met its match in the Asian needle ant. Specifically, the researchers have found that the Asian needle ant is successfully displacing Argentine ants in an urban environment, indicating that the Asian needle ant – with its venomous sting – may be the next invasive species to see a population boom.

Global plant health interns at N.C. State University learn life lessons while studying plant diseases in Costa Rica.

Navel-Gazing Researchers ID Which Species Live In Our Belly Buttons (But Don’t Know Why)

With the largest plant breeding faculty in the nation, N.C. State University is solving problems and strengthening agriculture in North Carolina and beyond.

Hooking up: A aew species described by NC State researcher offers literal take

Plants 4 Kids Instills a Love of Plants in Children :: North Carolina State University Bulletin

Catching evolution in the act: CALS biologist Dr. Brian Langerhans explores predictability of evolution in Bahamian blue holes.

After the first death by West Nile Virus in North Carolina, officials are urging people to take care of standing water and prevent exposure to mosquitoes.

Attracting songbirds

The Hemlock Woolly Adelgid is decimating the hemlock forests in the N.C. mountains.

“Tiny Terrors”: In this citizen science project, an N.C. State University graduate student is collecting cuttings from hemlock and Fraser fir trees in an attempt to breed trees that resist attacks of the invasive balsam and hemlock woolly adelgids.

NC Small Fruit & Specialty Crop IPM: Upcoming pollinator presentation at NC State

In the trees and grasses of the South, there are a growing number of unwanted visitors that at best are an itchy nuisance and at worst can carry debilitating diseases: Ticks.

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Homeowners and soybean growers in North Carolina are in for a surprise this year, as kudzu bugs continue their march across the Southeast. This invasive pest congregates en masse on home siding and legumes, like soybeans.

Hemlock History Repeating Itself? Scientists trying to save eastern hemlock trees from widespread insect attacks may have uncovered a case of déjà vu, dating back millennia.

Back Off! Defensive posture of black swallowtail larva -- from N.C. State University prof's insect photo gallery

The Beekeeper Education and Engagement System (BEES) is a new online resource for beekeepers at all levels. The system is entirely internet based and open to the public.

When it comes to doing science on the International Space Station (ISS), the laws of gravity have been flipped: what goes up mostly stays up. A case in point are two freezers packed with more than 2,000 Arabidopsis seedlings from N.C. State University awaiting return to Earth, where they can be analysed for changes in gene expression.

To find diversity hot spots, follow the ants: NYTimes blog features N.C. State University ant biodiversity research

Good elementary soils activities!