Despite their ancient origins, pulse crops, such as dry peas, lentils and chickpeas, are enjoying renewed popularity as scientists and others evaluate options for feeding a growing global population.
WSU’s Charles Edwards has devised a new treatment for Brettanomyces bruxellensis (“Brett” for short)—a barrel-dwelling spoilage yeast that can taint wine, often imparting undesirable aromas and flavors.
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.
The tour will take place on Thursday, Sept. 19 on the farm, located on Animal Science Road behind the WSU Bear Research, Education and Conservation Center in Pullman.
To make room for planned commercial development on the edge of the Pullman campus, WSU’s turfgrass farm is getting a new home where researchers will work at ways to grow more grass with fewer seeds and breed varieties that are more resistant to drought.
Not only is Ryan expected to dominate spring wheat acreage this year, WSU scientists say it could transform the market for wheat growers and their customers, here and abroad.
The Fellow designation recognizes the impact both Marsh and McCluskey have had in the field of agricultural, resource, and environmental economics.
An elementary school in the Mount Vernon School District received a $25,000 grant to start a robotics gardening program with the help of WSU Extension.
The new system could not only be a vital irrigation option for growers in arid south central Washington, but it could have broader, more global application as well.
In a scientific first, WSU researchers have found that tomato spotted wilt virus, part of a group called tospoviruses, may be able to sense light and respond to plant growth hormones.
WSU’s growing collaboration with Germany’s interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences is adding a global perspective to the University’s work to advance agricultural science and develop sustainable methods of food production.
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.
Two scientists at WSU are launching new research this spring into better plant defenses based on genes and vaccines.
Aerial drones could eventually help Washington farmers recoup some of the $80 million a year in crop damage caused by birds.
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.
Owners of wooded property around the Puget Sound will build skills for caring for their land and trees at the Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day on Aug. 10.
WSU scientists were recognized by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers for their research exploring how machines can quickly shake apples out of trees, then safely catch and harvest them.