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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.

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.

WSU professor recognized for frozen food innovation
August 1, 2014

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

TangPULLMAN, Wash. – Juming Tang, food engineering researcher and regents professor at Washington State University, has earned the 2014 Freezing Research Award – international recognition for research that has significantly improved food quality and safety through freezing.

Plant biotech startup speeds propagation
July 9, 2014

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

tiny-plant-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers-turned-entrepreneurs have developed a method for growing trees three times faster while conserving water and reducing the need for pesticides – and they just made their first sale.

Super-absorbent gel could help farmers save water
June 30, 2014

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

Gel-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A biodegradable gel that can absorb more than 250 times its weight in water could potentially help farmers retain moisture in drought-stricken fields.

Rock Doc: Training microbes to make biofuel
May 27, 2014

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – When you fill your tank, you likely see a little sticker on the pump saying part of the fuel is ethanol. Ethanol is a biofuel, which means it comes from plants like corn rather than from fossil fuel – ancient carbon that’s been buried within the Earth for millions of years.

WSU announces the name for its stellar new apple
May 21, 2014

By Kate Wilhite, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences 

Cosmic-crisp-200PULLMAN, Wash.— The newest Washington State University apple, designated WA 38, is one step closer to hitting supermarkets with announcement of its brand name, Cosmic Crisp.

Rock Doc: High technology meets fields of wheat
May 20, 2014

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – I’m quite a dinosaur. I get some of my news the old fashioned way from hardcopy newspapers, and I still pay my bills with paper checks sent through the mail.

June 12: Drought, wheat, alternatives topics at field day
May 15, 2014

Lind-research-stationLIND, Wash. – The 98th annual Washington State University Lind Field Day will be Thursday, June 12, at the WSU Dryland Research Station north of Lind, Wash. Registration for the free, public event begins at 8:30 a.m. with the field tour starting at 9 a.m.

Rock Doc column: From shopping bags to alternative fuels
April 29, 2014

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – My household accumulates quite a number of plastic shopping bags. Most come home with me from the grocery store. I use them to line the little garbage pail that sits under the kitchen sink and the wastebasket that’s in the bathroom. I also have the joy of using them to pick up poop deposited by Buster Brown, my faithful mutt from the pound.