Tag: North Carolina

Researchers ID protein that keeps plants from standing heat stress

Researchers ID protein that keeps plants from standing heat stress

June 30, 2022 |

In North Carolina, when heat waves hit, they don’t just take a toll on people — the plants we depend on for food suffer too. That’s because when temperatures get too high, certain plant defenses don’t work as well, leaving them more susceptible to attacks from pathogens and insect pests. Now, scientists say they have […]

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USDA Invests in New HBCU Agribusiness Innovation Center at NC A&T State University

USDA Invests in New HBCU Agribusiness Innovation Center at NC A&T State University

June 20, 2022 |

In North Carolina, USDA-NIFA is investing $1.92 million to establish an Agriculture Business Innovation Center at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, a Historically Black College and University in Greensboro, North Carolina. The new innovation center will serve as a technical assistance hub to enhance agriculture-based business development opportunities nationwide, The FY 2021 Consolidated […]

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Duke University to install biobased turf for field hockey

Duke University to install biobased turf for field hockey

May 9, 2022 |

In North Carolina, Duke University will soon become the first collegiate field hockey program in the United States to use AstroTurf’s Poligras Tokyo GT biobased turf.  Made from sugarcane, the turf will be installed at the school’s Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium in June as part of a larger renovation project for the school’s […]

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North Carolina State University researchers develop new biomaterial from sawdust

North Carolina State University researchers develop new biomaterial from sawdust

April 28, 2022 |

In North Carolina, North Carolina State University researchers have developed a new biomaterial that could help solve the worsening problem of plastic pollution by discovering how to convert leftover sawdust powder and agro-residues into a Styrofoam-like packaging material.  The wood-based material could someday replace the plastics found in many single-use items. With support from the […]

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Mollusk money: Lab-grown oyster maker attracts key investor

Mollusk money: Lab-grown oyster maker attracts key investor

April 18, 2022 |

In North Carolina, a startup pursuing lab-grown oysters has received an unspecified investment from Cult Food Science, an investment firm focused on cultivated meat and dairy and cellular agriculture.  Pearlita’s cofounder and CEO Nikita Michelsen tells FoodIngredientsFirst that farmed oysters face “huge threats” from rising ocean temperatures and contaminated waters. “We are providing a healthy […]

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“Gigacorn” microbial cement startup raises $65 million

“Gigacorn” microbial cement startup raises $65 million

February 28, 2022 |

In North Carolina, a startup developing a cement alternative produced using microbes has raised $65 million in a Series C funding.  Biomason’s patented technology uses natural microorganisms to grow biocement at ambient temperatures without emitting carbon dioxide. The process mimics nature’s use of carbon as a building block, creating cement in a biological, circular system, […]

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Plant-based hair extensions attract investment, support environmental justice

Plant-based hair extensions attract investment, support environmental justice

January 24, 2022 |

In North Carolina, plant-based hair extension company Rebundle has raised $1.4 million to increase production, but will continue to prioritize the environmental justice and equality principles it was founded to address. Rebundle was established in 2019 to offer an alternative to the synthetic hair extensions commonly used in African American braiding. Not only are these […]

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Good shucking idea: Startup targets lab-grown oysters

Good shucking idea: Startup targets lab-grown oysters

January 24, 2022 |

In North Carolina, two entrepreneurs hope to bring lab-grown oyster meat to raw bars and leave real oysters doing what they do best: filtering waterways so other species can thrive.   Dubbed Pearlita, Nikita Michelsen and Joey Peters say the startup is the first cultivated meat company to target the slurpable bivalve.  “Instead of harvesting […]

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GESS RNG Biogas USA announces four RNG projects across the country

GESS RNG Biogas USA announces four RNG projects across the country

January 4, 2022 |

In North Carolina, GESS RNG Biogas USA LLC announced four Renewable Natural Gas projects across the United States, thanks in part to successful development of a proprietary swine manure collection process that reduces the amount of manure fed into lagoons and significantly increases efficiency. This proprietary new process, which GESS RNG Biogas’s teams have been […]

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Seaweed yarn maker expands into Research Triangle

Seaweed yarn maker expands into Research Triangle

December 27, 2021 |

In North Carolina, AlgiKnit, a producer of seaweed-based yarn, has opened a production facility at Research Triangle for piloting innovations in partnership with major fashion brands. The new site centralizes AlgiKnit’s R&D, manufacturing, and business development.  “We know consumers need more cost-competitive, environmentally-sound material options that perform as well as conventional materials,” says Aaron Nesser, […]

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