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Food labels can reduce environmental impacts of livestock
October 6, 2014

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

White-80PULLMAN, Wash. – With global food demand expected to outpace the availability of water by the year 2050, consumers can make a big difference in reducing the water used in livestock production.

Author to farmers, environmentalists: Collaborate or fail
September 22, 2014

BarnyardsandBirkenstocks-coverPULLMAN, Wash. – Author Don Stuart believes two dangerous trends – loss of farms and damage to ecosystems – are connected and are largely caused by political deadlock between farmers and environmental activists.

$5 million gift funds research facility, ups state grain game
September 17, 2014

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Phase-1-of-grain-research-facility-100PULLMAN, Wash. – The Washington Grain Commission announced Wednesday a $5 million gift to expand facilities and advance grain research at Washington State University. Plant growth facilities are central to developing grain varieties through WSU’s plant breeding programs.

Wheat gene discovery clears way for non-GMO breeding
September 15, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Gill-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found “the most famous wheat gene,” a reproductive traffic cop of sorts that can be used to transfer valuable genes from other plants to wheat.

Researchers explain mystery of cereal grain defense
September 15, 2014

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications science writer

barley_field-130PULLMAN, Wash. – Crop scientists at Washington State University have explained how genes in the barley plant turn on defenses against aging and stressors like drought, heat and disease.

Nematode found in Washington; quarantines unlikely
September 4, 2014

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

H-filipjevi-nematode-from-Science-AlertPULLMAN, Wash. – A close relative of the cereal cyst nematode was discovered in Washington for the first time this summer. Scientists don’t believe quarantines will be required but are assessing the significance of the discovery.

Field tour demonstrates Clarksburg poplar bioenergy potential
September 3, 2014

AHB-logo-100DAVIS, Calif. – Join researchers for a day in the field at the Advanced Hardwood Biofuel (AHB) Clarksburg 50-acre poplar demonstration site. At the peak of their second growing season, the trees will show their full potential as a sustainable feedstock for biofuel and bioproduct production.

Aug. 21-23: Grain Gathering offers fresh flavors, ideas
August 15, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

grain-gathering-logoMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Three top cookbook authors will participate in the Grain Gathering Aug. 21-23 at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center, 16650 State Route 536.