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Food & Agriculture

Grant to help increase wheat drought and heat resilience

An effort to identify genes in spring wheat that would allow it to be more heat and drought resilient recently earned more than $2 million in funding.

Marcia Ostrom named WSU Food Systems program director

Ostrom took on directorship March 16. She is the founder of the Small Farms Program, which she led for 15 years, and a 21‑year WSU faculty member.

Discovery reveals how fungi bypasses plant defenses, kills plants

An insight into how the fungi that causes white mold rot avoids plant defenses could lead to a new tool to combat a pathogen that causes billions of dollars of crop loss worldwide.

New Asian giant hornet guide to help beekeepers

A free-to-download publication from WSU Extension provides beekeepers a new resource if they suspect the invasive Asian giant hornet—also commonly known as the “murder hornet”—is attacking their honey bee colonies.