‘Mushroom queen’ hunts fungus among us

By Linda Weiford, WSU News PULLMAN, Wash. – October marks the peak of wild mushroom picking in the Northwest, and a Washington State University plant pathologist nicknamed the “mushroom queen” is just the person you’d want in tow. She can keep you from getting lost in the woods and from eating a mushroom that tastes […]

Fungi can benefit gardens, forest

Amanita mushroom. Photo courtesy of WSU Extension. EVERETT, Wash. – From garden to farm to forest, learn how to put fungi to work growing healthier plants. Did you know that almost 90 percent of all plants form a beneficial or symbiotic relationship with a fungus? These mycorrhizal fungi colonize plant roots and extend their root […]

WSU Tri-Cities student named a Goldwater Scholar

  Video by Matthew Haugen, WSU News Service     Related: Details on the Goldwater Scholarship program Details on PNNL’s bio-based product research program are at RICHLAND – A WSU Tri-Cities student and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory intern earned the national Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for the 2010-2011 academic year.   Kristen Meyer, a […]

Appearance of potentially lethal fungus in Canada

PULLMAN – Jack Rogers, WSU plant pathologist, says a potentially fatal-disease-causing fungus discovered recently in Oregon and Washington was previously found on the West Coast of Canada, where it has posed a threat to human and animal health for more than a decade. “Cryptococcus gattii has been causing disease in Canada, especially the Vancouver region, […]

Mapping the way to snow mold resistance

Snow mold infects turf grass.   A genetic map being developed by scientists at WSU in collaboration with scientists at Japan’s National Agricultural Research Center on the northern island of Hokkaido may speed development of wheat varieties that are more resistant to snow mold. Snow mold is a fungus-caused disease of wheat and other grasses. […]

New fungus in Wash. killing walnut trees

PROSSER – A new disease is infecting and killing walnut trees in Washington. Symptoms of the disease include a yellowing of leaves, usually at the top of the tree, as well as subsequent die-back of the tree’s larger branches,said Gwen-Alyn Hoheisel, WSU Extension Educator in Benton and Franklin counties.   The disease, called Thousand Canker, […]

Lab detects pests, trains young scientists

  As genomics research unravels some of life’s complexities, laboratories like the new molecular lab at WSU Puyallup applies that knowledge to real-world problems.   For molecular geneticist Katie Coats, that means working with the WSDA and WSU Puyallup plant pathologist Gary Chastagner to understand the genetics of the exotic plant pathogen Phytophthora ramorum, the […]