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Ask Dr. Universe: How do plants hold dirt?
May 24, 2016

Dr-Universe-230PULLMAN, Wash. – The other day, I wandered into a Washington State University greenhouse and ran into my friend Mechthild Tegeder, a professor and expert on plants.

Seeking new sorghum, the ‘camel of crops,’ for biofuels
October 27, 2015

By Will Ferguson, College of Arts & Sciences

grant-writing-cousinsPULLMAN, Wash. – A trend of dry summers and low snowpack in coming years is expected to pose challenges for Washington farmers, especially those working marginal lands without access to ample irrigation.

WSU partners to develop new anti-inflammatory drug
October 23, 2015

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

David-GangPULLMAN, Wash. – Work on a new anti-inflammatory drug developed from the medicinal/spice plant turmeric recently received funding from a $225,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NIH-NCCIH).

Fighting tulip weeds, diseases with cover crops
February 25, 2015

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

Skagit-Valley-tulipsMOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Rotating cover crops in tulip fields shows promise for fighting disease in the economically important flower bulb, according to early research findings at the Washington State University research center in Mount Vernon.

Rock Doc column: Harvesting solar energy to dye for
December 9, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – What if there were a two-for-one sale on kilowatts? Your power bill would be cut in half – not a bad result for your monthly budget. 

Dec. 12: Horticulture Club hosts annual poinsettia sales
December 2, 2014

poinsettia-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Holiday poinsettias will be for sale from the Washington State University Horticulture Club 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 5 and 12, at the greenhouses near Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shoppe.

Nov. 20: Advocate promotes agricultural, cultural diversity
October 24, 2014

By Louisa Winkler, WSU Mount Vernon

Gary-Nabhan-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – An expert on the cultural and plant diversity stewarded by farming communities around the world will present the free, public Harvest Seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Washington State University Mount Vernon Research Center, 16650 State Route 536.

WSU researchers see how plants optimize repair
October 20, 2014

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

kirchhoff-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers led by a Washington State University biologist have found the optimal mechanism by which plants heal the botanical equivalent of a bad sunburn. Their work, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to development of crops that repair sun damage more easily, improving yields and profitability.

Rock Doc: Plants respond to sounds of insects eating leaves
September 30, 2014

By E. Kirsten Peters, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Plants are not as dumb as they look.

At least to me, plants have never seemed like the brightest bulb in the box. They stand around, looking green, hoping for a sunny day but not able to walk, talk or turn on the TV. However, due to a recent university press release, I’ve got to rethink my attitudes about vegetation.