WSU News

Grafting research could rescue state’s watermelon crop

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

watermelonMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – The watermelon crop has declined dramatically in Washington because of disease. But Washington State University researchers are developing a solution that involves grafting watermelon plants onto squash and other vine plant rootstocks.Continue reading

Grazing among grains yields ecological, economic benefits

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

Wachter-80PULLMAN, Wash. – You generally don’t find livestock among the hills in the Palouse region of eastern Washington where grain is grown. But wheat farmers Eric and Sheryl Zakarison are changing that – and making a profit.Continue reading

Youth expand learning on farm business field trip

Wash-4-HBREMERTON, Wash. – Structured learning and encouragement from adult volunteers/mentors plays a vital role in helping young people achieve success in life. Washington State University Extension 4-H youth recently explored career opportunities and a new international business model, as well as cool tractors, on a machinery field trip.Continue reading

Probiotic toxin fights coldwater disease in rainbow trout

By Rebecca Phillips, University Communications

tail-lesion-230PULLMAN, Wash. – The rainbow trout is a work of art and diner’s delight. But when the freshwater fish falls prey to coldwater disease, its colorful body erodes into ragged wounds and ulcers. The bacterial infection can kill up to 30 percent of hatchery stock and costs millions of dollars in economic loss.Continue reading

Sickness and health between men and women

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

Rosenman-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Gender and personality matter in how people cope with physical and mental illness, according to a paper by a Washington State University scientist and colleagues at the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.Continue reading