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WSU, international researchers, publish apple genome
August 30, 2010

by Brian Charles Clark, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN – An international team of scientists from Italy, France, New Zealand, Belgium and the USA have published a draft sequence of the domestic apple genome in the current issue of Nature Genetics.

The availability of a genome sequence for the apple will allow scientists to more rapidly identify which genes provide desirable characteristics to the fruit and which genes and gene variants provide disease or drought resistance to the plant. This information can be used to rapidly improve the plants … » More …

Reducing costly fruit rot
April 1, 2009

Xiao (Photo by Brian Charles Clark)

The old saying about one bad apple spoiling the whole bunch is based on a real concern. For Washington’s tree fruit industry, postharvest rot of fruit in storage costs the industry millions of dollars of losses annually.

 

Chang-Lin Xiao, an associate professor of plant pathology and extension specialist at the WSU Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, has discovered three previously unknown fungal pathogens in the United States that cause apples and pears to rot in storage.

 

Two were the first reports of the pathogens in … » More …

WSU evaluates a new apple from Stemilt
February 23, 2009

The next time you are in your neighborhood grocery store you many want to look for a new apple with the sporty name Piñata.

 

Stemilt Customer Development Specialist

Travis Chin

The Piñata is produced by Stemilt Growers in Wenatchee, and features a distinct tropical twist. “We want to expand the market for apples and by doing this get people to eat less junk food,” Stemilt Customer Development Specialist Travis Chin said.

 

Piñata has drawn rave reviews and is even featured in recipes by Jason Wilson of Crush, one of Seattle’s premiere restaurants. In … » More …

Space needle adds twist to Apple Cup rivalry
November 1, 2005

A Wednesday, Nov. 2 news conference will reveal the details of “Tackling Hurricane Relief,” a two-week program that gives this year’s Apple Cup game between Washington State University and the University of Washington some added importance and an unexpected twist.The 10 a.m. news conference will take place on the Space Needle observation deck.With the massive devastation caused by recent hurricanes in the Southeast, the Space Needle is helping victims by raising money to help Habitat for Humanity rebuild homes.The prize for the school that raises the most money for the “Tackling Hurricane Relief” program will be unveiled at the news conference.There to help with the … » More …