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Oct. 25: Field tour showcases forests, harvesting, milling
October 14, 2014

forestVASHON, Wash. – Woodland owners, architects and builders will learn how local wood is harvested, milled and used in construction during the Vashon Field Tour 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, at Vashon Island High School, 20120 Vashon Hwy. SW, Vashon, Wash.

Rock Doc column: Triggering the Ice Age
October 14, 2014

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

peters-e-k-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – From time to time I give public talks on climate change – those large scale changes geologists have been studying since the 1830s. At those talks I’m often asked a basic question about climate that, until now, has stumped scientists. Here’s the background.

Oct. 22: AHB webinar on clean fuel standards
October 9, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash. – Advanced Hardwood Biofuels Northwest (AHB), a consortium of regional university and industry partners working to prepare the Pacific Northwest for a sustainable hardwood bioproducts and biofuels industry, will celebrate National Bioenergy Day on Oct.22 with an informative webinar focusing on the debate surrounding a Clean Fuels Standard in Washington and Oregon.

Grant helps WSU improve state’s most valuable crops
October 8, 2014

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

rosaceae-200-iStock-photoPULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists at Washington State University have been awarded $2.53 million to improve fruit quality and disease resistance of crops in the rosaceae family (apple, blackberry, peach, pear, rose, strawberry, sweet cherry and tart cherry).

Results of WA 38 apple trees drawing announced
October 7, 2014

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

WA-38-applePULLMAN, Wash. – Twenty-four Washington growers will be the first to grow the new apple from Washington State University’s breeding program – the Cosmic Crisp brand WA 38 variety.

WSU researchers get $14 million to study specialty crops
October 6, 2014

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

specialty-cropsPULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University have been awarded more than $14 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture grants aimed at strengthening markets for specialty crops including wine grapes, hops, berries and tree fruit.

Food labels can reduce environmental impacts of livestock
October 6, 2014

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

White-80PULLMAN, Wash. – With global food demand expected to outpace the availability of water by the year 2050, consumers can make a big difference in reducing the water used in livestock production.

$1.5 million grant to advance ‘big data’ for genomic research
October 1, 2014

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

big-data-220PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists at Washington State University have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to help meet the growing needs of the data driven genomic science community. The Tripal Gateway project will build on existing cyberinfrastructure to enhance the capacity of genomic databases to manage, exchange and process “big data.”

Nature’s pooper scoopers: Can dung beetles aid food safety?
September 30, 2014

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

beetle-80PULLMAN, Wash. – For farmers, especially organic farmers, who are increasingly challenged by food safety guidelines, dung beetles could provide an elegant solution to a vexing problem. Entomologists at Washington State University are investigating whether the insects could suppress harmful foodborne pathogens in the soil before they spread to humans.