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Organic gardens may yield more nutrients
April 22, 2009

PULLMAN – One of the hottest trends in gardening today is organic gardening which relies on natural processes to grow plants. There is now a growing consensus among scientists that organically grown fruits and vegetables may contain higher levels of nutrients than conventionally grown produce.

“Organic gardening is experiencing a surge in interest,” said Tonie Fitzgerald, state Master Gardener program leader for WSU Extension, “and there is more information about doing it correctly.”

Master Gardeners are university-trained volunteer educators who answer garden-related questions, teach gardening classes, and manage demonstration gardens on behalf of county extension offices across the state.

There is no question that organic … » More …

Research on Phytochemicals continues for a second year
October 20, 2008

A microphoto of a phytochemical, courtesy of WSU

Extension.

PULLMAN – Research on the benefits of phytochemicals in apples and raspberries will expand to include other major Washington crops, continuing a project that a WSU scientist began last year.

 

Bernd M. Lange, assistant professor in WSU’s Institute of Biological Chemistry, spearheaded the research project, beginning in the fall of 2007, with the goal of developing a high-throughput analytical method of measuring levels of health-related phytochemicals in crops.

 

“Phytochemicals, in general, are active chemicals in plants that can be of nutritional value,” Lange said. … » More …

Quarter CenturyClub celebrates
April 15, 2008

Service can be recognized through awards, praise and paychecks. But on Tuesday, April 22, the 75th annual gathering of the Quarter Century Club will recognize service based on longevity — and celebrate the total accumulation of 3,000 years at WSU.

The celebration kicks off with traditional breakfast items at 8 a.m. in Ensminger pavilion. The event recognizes faculty and staff who have worked at WSU for 25 years in benefits-qualifying positions. Once inducted, members are recognized as half-century members after 25 more years, even following retirement.

An impressive 120 new members will be inducted this year. Jennifer Klein, program assistant with Human Resource Services, said … » More …