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WSU sparks interest in vacancy-heavy ag career fields
January 24, 2017

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

PULLMAN, Wash. – For many high school and minority students who grow up in agriculture families, leaving the farm is a primary goal. But Washington State University’s Spark program is igniting interest among these teens in rewarding, profitable jobs in ag, where vacancies far outnumber applicants.

Researcher fights fungus in apples, pears under storage
November 7, 2016

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

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Delving into the secrets of the molds and fungi that can wreck a good apple or pear, Achour Amiri can be found working in packing rooms and warehouses throughout central Washington this time of year.

Stink bugs invade more counties, homes in Washington
October 18, 2016

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.

Ask Dr. Universe: Why are apples red?
September 13, 2016

Dr-Universe-230WENATCHEE, Wash. – Just the other day I was biting into a crunchy, delicious red apple when I was reminded of your question. I started wondering why apples are red, too.

Ask Dr. Universe: How do leaves make themselves?
February 2, 2016

Dr-Universe-230WENATCHEE, Wash. – Last fall, my friend Lee Kalcsits and I went exploring in the apple orchards of Wenatchee. The apples were ripe and the leaves were changing from green to gold. We plucked a few leaves and took them back to his lab.