Scientists at WSU have teamed up with cherry growers to find improved defenses against a disease that devastated orchards 70 years ago and has resurfaced in the Pacific Northwest.
The first-of-its-kind development is expected to make it easier to find treatments for a disease that has destroyed millions of acres of orange, grapefruit and lemon groves around the world.
Of the 10 raspberry varieties that Puyallup-based small fruit breeder Patrick Moore has released in his 31 years at WSU, “this is one of the best,” he said.
Selected this summer to lead WSU research into sustainable tree fruit production for Washington and the world, Evans will begin her term as interim director on Aug. 26.
By dining on pests and reducing growers’ need to spray insecticides, earwigs are unappreciated predators that have important benefits for agriculture.
The donation will allow WSU and USDA scientists to enhance and update WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension’s postharvest research facilities and equipment.
Carolina Torres, a horticulturist and WSU alumna, has been named the university’s first Endowed Chair in Tree Fruit Postharvest Systems.
Equipped with a USDA grant, WSU researchers will lead a multistate project working with orchardists and cider makers to develop the best apples.
WSU tree fruit experts will update growers on the highly anticipated WA 38 apple variety and Cosmic Crisp® fruit.
Developing sustainable strategies to defeat pests that threaten Washington’s fruit crops is Tobin Northfield’s goal as new entomologist at WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center.