The new system could not only be a vital irrigation option for growers in arid south central Washington, but it could have broader, more global application as well.
In a scientific first, WSU researchers have found that tomato spotted wilt virus, part of a group called tospoviruses, may be able to sense light and respond to plant growth hormones.
Beginning her term on Sept. 1, Main succeeds Rich Koenig, who has led the Department of Horticulture as interim chair since Jan. 1, 2017.
WSU’s growing collaboration with Germany’s interdisciplinary Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences is adding a global perspective to the University’s work to advance agricultural science and develop sustainable methods of food production.
A WSU alumnus and an expert in soil fertility, Koenig begins his tenure as permanent chair on Sept. 1.
Of the 10 raspberry varieties that Puyallup-based small fruit breeder Patrick Moore has released in his 31 years at WSU, “this is one of the best,” he said.
Two scientists at WSU are launching new research this spring into better plant defenses based on genes and vaccines.
Aerial drones could eventually help Washington farmers recoup some of the $80 million a year in crop damage caused by birds.
Selected this summer to lead WSU research into sustainable tree fruit production for Washington and the world, Evans will begin her term as interim director on Aug. 26.
Owners of wooded property around the Puget Sound will build skills for caring for their land and trees at the Puget Sound Forest Owners Field Day on Aug. 10.