The new methods, designed by WSU plant pathologists, are not only portable and fast, but utilize testing materials easily available to the public.
McCluskey is only the sixth faculty member in the history of WSU to receive the honor of AAEA Fellow.
Plant pathology graduate Andrea Garfinkel is helping farmers put a stop to a pervasive pest.
An important part of the state’s $539 million hay industry, alfalfa is grown on more than 400,000 acres throughout Washington. Produced most intensively in the irrigated Columbia River Basin, alfalfa is exported around the world, notably to China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, where demand has been rising steadily in recent years.