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New website highlights fruit genome databases
June 9, 2014

WSUCherriesSmallPULLMAN, Wash. – A new educational and outreach website has launched to provide information to scientists, growers and industry about genome databases for citrus, tree fruit and berry crops.

Growers come together to discuss advances in technology
May 27, 2011



PROSSER, Wash. – The 2011 WSU Cherry Field Day, a day for people to come together to discuss advances in cherry growing, will begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 8, in Buena, Wash. and will include stops in Outlook and Prosser.


The morning will begin with orchard tours in Buena and Outlook and will end at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser for demonstrations and a tour of the WSU Roza Experimental Orchards.


Topics of discussion will include cherry breeding program updates, genetic/genomic tool applications to sweet cherries and … » More …

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 …

Rainier cherry developer dies at 88
October 25, 2006

The research scientist who developed the Rainier cherry in the 1950s at Washington State University’s research station in Prosser, Wash. died Oct. 6 after a heart attack.Harold Warman Fogle, 88, finished his doctorate in 1949 at West Virginia University. He then accepted a research position at the WSU research center in Prosser where he developed the Rainier cherry.In 1952, Fogle cross-pollinated the Bing cherry with the Van cherry. The resulting crop was the Rainier cherry, a sweet, shiny and yellow cherry.  The cherry was named after Mount Rainier, which is the highest peak in the Cascade Range. The fruit was released in 1960, and due … » More …

WSU scientists perfecting mechanical harvest of cherries
August 30, 2006

PROSSER, Wash. — Rich, velvet-red, fresh sweet cherries are in high demand, and so are skilled laborers to harvest the highly perishable crop. However, labor shortages and labor costs may soon be a thing of the past for Northwest cherry producers, if consumers will accept their fresh cherries free of stems. In a project funded by Washington State University’s International Marketing Program for Agricultural Commodities and Trade Center, scientists here are perfecting a mechanical alternative to hand-picking fresh sweet cherries. Cherries are the most labor intensive fruit crop and one of the fastest growing fresh fruit exports in the Northwest. According to Matt Whiting, a … » More …

WSU sweet cherry research integral to blossoming industry
February 17, 2006

Legend has it that the adolescent George Washington demonstrated his honesty when he confessed to chopping down his father’s lone cherry tree. Today, one of his myriad namesakes, Washington State University, is rectifying the Founding Father’s youthful indiscretion. WSU is demonstrating its commitment to state and regional agriculture through research and marketing innovations in support of the burgeoning sweet cherry industry — an industry for which Washington is the nation’s top-producing state. Fondness for the fruit exhibited by Washington’s dad hasn’t diminished over the centuries. In fact, acreage and production rates of fresh cherries in the U.S. and the Pacific Northwest are on the rise. … » More …