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Ask Dr. Universe: Why is ripe fruit sweet?

WENATCHEE, Wash. – My friend Kate Evans said the answer really depends on whether you want the perspective of a person, a plant or even a cat. Evans is a plant scientist at Washington State University in Wenatchee, where she investigates fruit in the Apple Capital of the World.

Research on Phytochemicals continues for a second year

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, […]

WSU researcher maps tree fruit genome mosaic

Improved apples, peaches, pears and cherries at market sooner. This is one benefit of research by WSU bioinformaticist Dorrie Main.Piece by piece, Main, an associate professor of horticulture and a scientist in the WSU Agricultural Research Center, is mapping the DNA mosaic of the rosaceous family. The family includes Washington’s largest crop–apples–and other tree fruit […]