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March 21: Symphony of soil signals protects wheat health

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – High-tech equipment that will help scientists improve wheat health will be introduced to the public at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the Biotechnology-Life Sciences Building (BLS) room 402 at Washington State University. » More …

Natural plant defense could help fight cancer, Alzheimer’s

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – A natural defense that helps plants ward off insect predators, discovered at Washington State University, could lead to better crops and new treatments for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. » More …

WSU helps map quinoa genome, improve ‘super food’

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Discovery of the first high-quality genome of quinoa, published this week in Nature, could help create healthier, tastier varieties of this protein-packed “super food.” » More …

Scientists discover perennial hybrid of wheat, wheatgrass

By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – With a hybrid crop called Salish Blue, scientists at Washington State University have combined wheat and wheatgrass in a new species with the potential to help Pacific Northwest farmers and the environment. » More …

New potato varieties chosen for McDonald’s fries

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

potatoesPULLMAN, Wash. – When it comes to potatoes, french fries are the big outlet for Columbia Basin farmers. And when it comes to selling french fries, McDonald’s is the holy grail. » More …

Bird & brew – WSU researcher taps into craft beer craze

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By Linda Weiford, WSU News

PROSSER, Wash. – This Thanksgiving, craft beer’s popularity will be evident in many American households when suds – and wine – appear alongside the turkey and mashed potatoes. » More …

Nov. 9: Workshop on collecting, interpreting vineyard data

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By Kaury Balcom, Wine Science Center

RICHLAND, Wash. – A free talk about using sensors and digital mapping to track vineyard health will be offered 4:15-5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at the Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Washington State University Wine Science Center, 359 University Dr., Richland. » More …

Novel gene resists toxic wheat disease that costs billions

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While a student in 2002, WSU’s Mike Pumphrey inoculates wheat with Fusarium spores before measuring the plants’ resistance.

PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists at Washington State University and Kansas State University have isolated and cloned a gene that provides resistance to Fusarium head blight, or wheat scab, a crippling disease that caused $7.6 billion in losses in U.S. wheat fields between 1993 and 2001. » More …

$2M grant funds continuing WSU research of organic quinoa

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

quinoa-detailPULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists at Washington State University just completed four years determining the best varieties of organic quinoa for Pacific Northwest farmers to grow. A new grant will help researchers assess crop yields, prices and more to help growers turn a profit. » More …

Stink bugs invade more counties, homes in Washington

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Stink-bug-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A recent upsurge of dirty, rotten, no-good brown marmorated stink bugs in the Pacific Northwest has researchers scrambling to keep the insect’s numbers from exploding. » More …