Plant Breeding Facilities
NC State University has some of the best facilities available
for plant breeding research and related work. Facilities
available for use by plant breeding faculty, students, and
technicians include modern, well equipped and staffed research
stations, greenhouses, laboratories, and clinics. There
are also research and extension centers (REC) located in
the eastern and western parts of the state, permitting NC
State to serve those regions with less travel.
The plant breeding program enjoys excellent cooperation
within and between departments and colleges. Some of the
available facilities are listed below.
Program - Provides facilities and information for
cooperative research in areas of common interest to molecular
biologists and plant breeders.
- Central America and Mexico Coniferous Resources Cooperative
(College of Forest Resources) was started in 1980 to find
new species and populations of forest trees in the tropics
and subtropics that grow better than the plantation species
being used, to develop breeding programs for those species
that show the most commercial potential, and to develop
long term conservation programs for endangered forest tree
Databases - ICIS database system can be used to store and analyze plant breeding data collected from field, greenhouse, and laboratory locations. Data include morphological and resistance traits as well as molecular markers.
Research Laboratory - The NC State Genome Research
Laboratory is located on Centennial Campus. It provides
facilities and equipment for faculty and students interested
in doing research in the new field of genomics.
- The NC State herbarium in the department of Botany
maintains 125,000 plant specimens for use in research ,
extension, and teaching.
Field Laboratory (pdf) - The HFL is used heavily
by the Horticultural Science department. Only 2 miles west
of Kilgore Hall, it is also the home of the JC
Raulston Arboretum. Greenhouses and fields
are available for teaching, and for experiments requiring
frequent attention. The new HFL greenhouses
are used by the research programs of the department of Horticultural
Science, and are located in the southeast corner of HFL.
- The NC State Insectary is a state-of-the-art facility
designed to produce large numbers of high quality insects
for research , extension, and teaching.
- Integrated pest management information for crops in North
Method Road Greenhouses - The College
of Agriculture and Life Sciences maintains four greenhouse
units of one to four ranges each at Method Road.
Horticultural Crops REC - Located in western North
Carolina near Asheville, this outlying research and extension
center houses faculty and staff from several departments.
Libraries - The top-rated NC State Libraries are
an excellent resource for the latest research information.
The libraries are a leader in electronic and computer-based
North Campus Greenhouses - The departments
of Entomology, Horticultural Science, and Plant Pathology
have approximately 32,600 square feet of greenhouse space
for teaching and research. Most of the space is located
behind Kilgore Hall, adjacent to Gardner Hall.
- The phytotron provides growth rooms that can simulate
almost any environmental conditions. It has been used to
select plants for stress resistance, as well as for running
tests on new diseases and insects requiring isolation from
the main growing areas.
Disease and Insect Clinic - The plant disease and
insect clinic is maintained by the College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences. It is available for growers, researchers,
extensionists, and others to obtain assistance in diagnosing
disease and insect problems.
Park - Research Triangle Park is located inside
the triangle formed by Duke University in Durham, the University
of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and NC State University.
It is15 miles from Raleigh, and has federal research institutions,
including the Environmental Protection Agency, the National
Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, and the National
Institute of Statistical Sciences. Also in RTP are private
research institutions including Chemical Industry Institute
for Toxicology, Burroughs Wellcome, Northern Telecom, BASF,
Rhone-Poulenc, and IBM. Other important RTP residents include
the National Office for Sigma Xi, the N.C. Biotechnology
Center, and the N.C. Microelectronics Center.
Field Laboratory - North Carolina's lawns, roadsides,
playing fields, and golf courses are some of the finest
anywhere, thanks in part to research, education, and extension
programs based at NCSU's Turfgrass Field Laboratory. Turf
is a major industry in North Carolin a. The state's golf
courses attract thousands of tourists. And, because our
climate supports both warm- and cool-season grasses, every
major U.S. turfgrass species is grown here.
USTL Greenhouses - The College of Agriculture
and Life Sciences maintains three greenhouse ranges for
use by the departments of Botany, Horticultural Science,
and Plant Pathology.
G. James REC - Located near Plymouth, North Carolina
in the northeast part of the state, this outlying research
and extension center houses faculty and staff from several