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Scientists discover perennial hybrid of wheat, wheatgrass

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

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – With a hybrid crop called Salish Blue, scientists at Washington State University have combined wheat and wheatgrass in a new species with the potential to help Pacific Northwest farmers and the environment. » More …

Researchers develop environmentally friendly, soy air filter

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a soy-based air filter that can capture toxic chemicals, such as carbon monoxide and formaldehyde, that current air filters can’t. » More …

Researchers discover unique microbial photosynthesis

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University have discovered a  new type of cooperative photosynthesis that could be used in engineering microbial communities for waste treatment and bioenergy production. » More …

Computer models find ancient solutions to modern problems

WSU scientists use data from archaeological sites like the 1,200-year-old Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, N.M., to study how ancient peoples adapted to climate change in the American Southwest. (Photo by Nate Crabtree)

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University archaeologists are at the helm of new research using sophisticated computer technology to learn how past societies responded to climate change. » More …

Vaccinating increases family wealth, girls’ education

By Marcia Hill Gossard, College of Veterinary Medicine

PULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University-led research team found households in rural Africa that vaccinate their cattle for East Coast fever increased their income and spent the additional money on food and education. Researchers also found that when fewer cattle died from the fever, girls were more likely to attend secondary school. » More …

Research: Arctic’s role as climate moderator threatened

Arctic ice research. (Photo by Paul Dodd)

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

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SAN FRANCISCO – Scientists in a rare and sometimes dangerous study of the Arctic have found that the region’s thinning sea ice is more prone to melting and storms, threatening its role as a moderator of the planet’s climate. » More …

Study finds people are willing to pay more for new biofuels

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

PULLMAN, Wash. – When it comes to second generation biofuels, Washington State University research shows that consumers are willing to pay a premium of approximately 11 percent over conventional fuel. » More …

Grant funds test of market potential for jet fuel research

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Bin-YangRICHLAND, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. » More …

Supporting innovation: If you build it, they will come

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

hydrogen-refuelingPULLMAN, Wash. – Right now, it’s a 20-foot shipping container, a small start-up company, a tornado in a small tube and a really good idea. » More …