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WSU scientists pursue single test for plant viruses
July 6, 2011

By Terri Reddout, WSU Extension Prosser

PROSSER, Wash. — To determine if a fruit tree has a virus currently takes a minimum of nine separate laboratory tests in combination with several biological assays, and these can identify only known viruses.


Scientists dream of running a single test to detect all viruses in a plant. That idea is closer to reality thanks to the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, which has funded a two-year project to evaluate a universal plant virus microarray test.


Potentially, such a test might even be able to detect previously unknown viruses.


Quicker, … » More …

Kansas State professor presents seminar
October 22, 2007

A professor of agronomy at Kansas State University, Dr. Jay Ham, will visit WSU on Oct. 29 and present a seminar on instrumentation developed by his research team to study surface-atmosphere exchange from animal feeding operations and native ecosystems.


The seminar, titled Micrometeorological Techniques for Addressing Challenging Problems in Air Quality Research, will take place in the Engineering Research/Teaching Laboratory Room 101 at 3:10 pm. 


Ham will demonstrate how advances in sensor and data acquisition technologies can be combined with theory to create autonomous instrumentation that conditionally “adapts” to changing environmental conditions. … » More …

May 6, 2005

Diana Roberts, WSU Extension area agronomist, has been named the 15th recipient of the Kenneth J. Morrison Award in Agronomy and Soils. The award recognizes extension faculty for significant contributions in crop production and soil management.She is the first woman to receive the award. It honors the memory of Kenneth J. Morrison, who served as WSU Extension agronomist from 1950-1987.

Rodney Bertramson, 91, dies following fall
March 24, 2005

B. Rodney Bertramson, 91, long-time chairman of the agronomy department at Washington State University and director of resident instruction of the College of Agriculture, died Wednesday, March 23, at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane following a fall in Pullman the previous afternoon.”He was an icon in the community and at the university,” said R. James Cook, interim dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, on Wednesday afternoon.”Last night, I had a copy of a letter from Rod that he had written to Alan Busacca, (professor of crop and soil sciences) who had done this great talk for the Kiwanis. Rod wrote this … » More …