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.

Biotechnology Program – Provides facilities and information for cooperative research in areas of common interest to molecular biologists and plant breeders.

CAMCORE – 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 populations.

Databases – Used 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.

Genome Research Laboratory – The NC State Genome Research Laboratory provides facilities and equipment for faculty and students interested in doing research in the new field of genomics.

Herbarium – The NC State herbarium in the department of Plant and Microbial Biology maintains 125,000 plant specimens for use in research , extension, and teaching.

Horticultural Field Laboratory – 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.

IPM Center – Integrated pest management information for crops in North Carolina.

Method Road Greenhouses – The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences maintains four greenhouse units of one to four ranges each at Method Road.

Mountain Horticultural Crops REC – Located in western North Carolina near Asheville, this outlying research and extension center houses faculty and staff from several departments.

NC State 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 information.

Phytotron – 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.

Plant 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.

Research Triangle 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.

Turfgrass 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. Turf is a major industry in North Carolina. 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.

Vernon 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 departments.

Research Station Overview