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Novel gene resists toxic wheat disease that costs billions

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While a student in 2002, WSU’s Mike Pumphrey inoculates wheat with Fusarium spores before measuring the plants’ resistance.

PULLMAN, Wash. – Scientists at Washington State University and Kansas State University have isolated and cloned a gene that provides resistance to Fusarium head blight, or wheat scab, a crippling disease that caused $7.6 billion in losses in U.S. wheat fields between 1993 and 2001. » More …

Licensing deal will help Genus combat deadly cattle disease

srikumaran-s-2010-80PULLMAN, Wash. – A gene editing technology developed at Washington State University is being licensed to Genus plc, a global animal genetics company, to develop cattle that are more resistant to bovine respiratory disease (BRD). » More …

Wheat gene discovery clears way for non-GMO breeding

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

Gill-80PULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have found “the most famous wheat gene,” a reproductive traffic cop of sorts that can be used to transfer valuable genes from other plants to wheat. » More …

Diet/gene breakthrough

Photo: John McNamara and Jennifer Sumner in WSU Pullman’s Knott Dairy Center. (Photo by Becky Phillips)In the first study to show that a specific nutrient could alter the expression of genes in the body fat of dairy cattle, John McNamara and Jennifer Sumner have raised the bar for animal production standards while adding to the greater understanding of human health issues.McNamara, professor in the Department of Animal Sciences and (intercollegiate, multidisciplinary) Nutrition Program, and Sumner, his doctoral student and postdoctoral research associate, have demonstrated that chromium in the diet changes the metabolism of body fat in dairy cattle by stimulating the expression of certain genes … » More …