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WSU brings home the apple (genome) cup
February 20, 2008

PULLMAN – Scientists at WSU and the University of Washington are spearheading a public, international effort to map and unlock the secrets of the apple genome to develop better tree fruit faster.

“The Washington apple is an icon of quality around the globe,” said Dan Bernardo, dean of the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences. “This is a natural home for the advanced science necessary to map the tree fruit genome and actively study how it functions.”

WSU’s Agricultural Research Center is providing seed money for the project as … » More …

Protecting fruit;aiding growers
December 3, 2007

After a quick calculation, Jim McFerson has the number. Fifty million dollars. Five percent of the annual value of Washington state’s billion-dollar apple crop.

McFerson, who manages the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission, offered this estimation of the potential total value to Washington apple growers of Raynox, a patented spray-on product that protects apples from sunburn as they grow.

Raynox is just one of three fruit protection products recently developed at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee by Larry Schrader, professor of plant physiology.

Schrader’s work, McFerson said, … » More …