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Wet springs may be affecting ponderosa pine health
May 6, 2014

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

foliar-pathogens-80SPOKANE, Wash. – What’s wrong with my ponderosa pine trees? Are they dying? Why are the needles turning brown and reddish? Forestry experts have received several inquiries about ponderosa pine tree health this spring, so if you’re asking these questions, you are not alone.

Extension Bulletins bear fruits of early research, outreach
May 6, 2014

By Nella Letizia, WSU Libraries

Victory-Gardens-cover-80PULLMAN, Wash. – For today’s information seekers, who can find answers in minutes with a few keystrokes, it’s hard to imagine a time when rural dwellers were cut off from knowledge for the most fundamental reasons. No electricity. No car. No phone. No nearby expert to explain why a cow gave birth to her calf prematurely.

Anniversary stories speak to enduring value of Extension
May 5, 2014

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

WAITING KATE list of Ext. 100 events (1)PULLMAN, Wash. – “If you eat, Extension has helped you. Whether you know it or not,” said Debbie Niehenke, a 4-H leader and farmer in Whitman County, Wash. Niehenke recently shared her thoughts about Washington State University Extension as part of an oral history project launched in honor of the service’s 100th birthday.

May 16, 23: Flower, vegetable plants for sale
May 5, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash. – Plant sales by the Washington State University Horticulture Club will be Fridays, May 9, 16 and 23, at the greenhouses by Ferdinand’s Ice Cream Shop.

Illness-causing fungus spreads to Washington state
May 5, 2014

By Linda Weiford, WSU News

Cocci-fungus-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A fungus found in semiarid parts of the Southwest that sometimes launches a lethal illness has been identified for the first time in Washington state soil, leading public health officials and an internationally known fungal expert at Washington State University to believe the organism is quietly spreading to the Northwest.

Alumna, grad student to study abroad on Fulbrights
May 2, 2014

By Beverly Makhani, Office of Undergraduate Education

Dexter-80VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Fulbright U.S. Student Program will fund graduate study in Europe for an alumna and a graduate student from Washington State University. Eric Dexter, who will complete his M.S. degree in environmental science at WSU Vancouver in June, will spend his Fulbright year in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Science finds wines’ fruity flavors really do fade first
May 1, 2014

By Rachel Webber, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

white-wine-100PULLMAN, Wash. – Testing conventional wisdom with science, recently published research from Washington State University reveals how different flavors “finish,” or linger, on the palate following a sip of wine.

‘Culture of the Land’ connects teachers to local research
May 1, 2014

By Cathy McKenzie, WSU Mount Vernon

wheat-field-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – Educators and students from six area school districts recently engaged in hands-on activities that will help them integrate science curricula and collaborate with each other. The “Culture of the Land” workshop at Washington State University Mount Vernon focused on local grains and bread making.

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.

Crowds prompt Ferdinand’s to open this Saturday
April 22, 2014

Ferdinand's-80PULLMAN, Wash. — There’s good news for anyone craving Ferdinand’s ice cream this weekend. The Washington State University creamery’s ice cream shop will be open 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 26.