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Compost: Closing the loop on urban garbage and local farms

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Commercial compost is spread at a Snohomish County farm. (Photo by Andrew Corbin, WSU)

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

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – Compost produced from urban food and yard waste could be “black gold” to farmers wanting to increase their yields and profits while improving soil and water quality. Washington State University Extension in Snohomish County is exploring how urbanization, long considered a threat to local agriculture, might actually help farmers keep up with demand for local food while recovering a valuable resource from the urban waste stream. » More …

WSU alumna interviews as Marshall Scholarship finalist

Roxanne-Reese-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University alumna Roxanne Reese has made it to the final round of the Marshall Scholarship selection process and will travel Nov. 13 for a personal interview at the British Consulate-General in San Francisco. She is a Seattle native and resident. » More …

Energy workforce gaps addressed in post-recession study

CENTRALIA, Wash. – Electric utility employment in the Pacific Northwest exceeds 40,000 highly skilled workers and generates nearly $2.8 billion in annual payrolls, according to a new labor market study. On average, the region’s utility wages are 82 percent higher than the average for jobs across all industries. » More …

Researchers acquit guava of spreading deadly fungus

By Brian Clark, WSU News

Peever-T-2013-80PULLMAN, Wash. – No more pitting guava against eucalyptus when it comes to explaining how a poorly understood fungal disease spreads. That is the conclusion reported by an international team of scientists in the journal Molecular Ecology (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/mec.12545/full). The team used a common forensic technique to clear guava’s good name. » More …

Rock Doc column: Does pointing point to deep intelligence?

By E. Kirsten Peters

Peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – I don’t know the full heritage of my mutt from the pound, Buster Brown by name. Buster was listed as a “Lab mix” by the Humane Society but my vet has said he is more of a German shepherd mix. We all can agree he’s a mongrel – indeed, one or both of his parents may have been mutts themselves. » More …

Bread lab helps artisan bakers analyze, perfect recipes

 

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Jeffrey Hamelman, King Arthur Flour bakery director and award-winning author, is one of several visiting bakers who will put their recipes to the test at the bread lab at WSU Mount Vernon.

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Artisan bakers from King Arthur Flour will be the first of many from across the United States to add a pinch of technology to their recipes at the new bread laboratory at Washington State University’s Northwestern Washington Research and Extension Center. » More …

Science Coalition honors Murray with champion award

murrayWASHINGTON, D.C. – The Science Coalition today presented Sen. Patty Murray with its Champion of Science Award in recognition of her commitment to funding the basic research that keeps the United States and the state of Washington at the forefront of scientific discovery and technological innovation. The award was presented in Washington, D.C., by Washington State University President Elson S. Floyd.

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