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Endowed turfgrass professorship comes to WSU

PULLMAN — With an eye on the importance of research to its future, the Washington Turfgrass Seed Commission will fund the endowed professor position in turfgrass management at WSU.

 

WSU received a gift of nearly $300,000 from the commission to establish the turfgrass professorship. The gift gives WSU the opportunity to hire someone to focus on research in the turfgrass industry.

 

“Once fully funded the endowment will provide research and operating support for a faculty position in turfgrass management in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at WSU,” said Rich Koenig, department chair of crop and soil sciences. “The endowed professor will … » More …

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. It’s prevalent in areas that have early snow and significant prolonged snow cover on ground that has not frozen. In Washington, that includes about 200,000 acres of winter wheat in Chelan, Douglas, Okanogan, Lincoln and Stevens counties.

The fungus … » More …