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Cyber gene network could speed up discoveries

Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – A Washington State University team has set out to digitally model how every known gene interacts with every other gene – in plants, animals, insects and people. » More …

Ecologist warns of bamboo, deer mice spreading hantavirus

By Eric Sorensen, WSU science writer

deer-mouse-Wikimedia-from-Seney-Natural-History-AssociationPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers say the popularity of bamboo landscaping could increase the spread of hantavirus, with the plant’s prolific seed production creating a population boom among seed-eating deer mice that carry the disease. » More …

Spud research lands WSU grad student $10,000

 

Rhett Spear and Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head celebrates with Rhett Spear, a Ph.D. horticulture student at Washington State University, who landed a $10,000 scholarship for his research on potatoes. Photo by Shelly Hanks, WSU Photo Services.

 

PULLMAN, Wash. – When Rhett Spear first saw the message emailed to him from Washington, D.C., he figured it was a scam.

Congratulations, it said. You have been awarded a $10,000 research scholarship from the National Potato Council.

“I e-mailed them back and asked them to verify it,” recalled Spear, a Ph.D. horticulture … » More …

Mom’s Weekend plant sales features Ed Hume

PULLMAN – Gardening celebrity Ed Hume will dispense advice, sell his signature seed packets and sign his gardening books from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the annual WSU Horticulture Club’s Mom’s Weekend Plant Sale on Sunday, April 13.

The plant sale runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will take place in the Beasley Coliseum Concourse. The club’s offerings include a wide variety of annuals, geraniums, combination baskets and deck planters.

Hume is host of “Gardening in America,” one of the longest running gardening shows in North America. His two-hour talk radio call-in show, “Ask the Expert,” is one of the
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Horticulture hosts Valentine’s plant sale

Photos/article by David Arseneault, WSU Intern

 

(WSU Junior Jessie Schneider, left and Senior Jared Hemmer, right are searching for the perfect plant)

Can’t think of anything to give your special valentine, the horticulture club is working to keep you out of the dog house.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, the club is selling a lovely combination of plants including three prim roses and three hyacinths bulbs. The sale is located in … » More …

Arboretum Committee and Horticulture Club plant tree

The Washington State University Horticulture Club and the WSU Arboretum Committee continued an annual tradition this morning by planting a tree to honor WSU’s 2007 graduating seniors.The tree was planted at the WSU Arboretum east of Hulbert Hall and north of the Lewis Alumni Centre. The tree chosen to honor this year’s graduates was a White Oak (Quercus alba), a large, deciduous tree that can reach up to 60 to 80 feet and that is as wide or wider than tall. Its fall foliage is purple-red, fairly showy and long-lasting.The annual tradition began in 1985 by the two clubs and former WSU President Sam Smith.This morning’s tree … » More …

WSU Extension offers viticulture program online

Interested in growing grapes and producing wine? Learn how online. Washington State University Extension will offer its first on-line viticulture certificate program beginning Feb. 7.This distance-learning viticulture program will provide basic as well as applied information required for the production of high-quality grapes and wines in Washington state.”Individuals who complete this certificate program will acquire the necessary basic skills and information to begin their own vineyard operations or to be successful employees in the wine and grape growing industries,” said WSU Extension Food Scientist Sara Spayd, one of the course originators.She added, “Employers will be able to anticipate a specific level of knowledge from individuals who complete … » More …

Innovation, specialization grow with world apple market

No matter where you stand on the issues this election year, one thing rises out of the rhetoric — even in our small Northwest towns, we are undeniably living in a global society. If you’re not quite sure about that, consider the heart of Washington’s apple industry, where great upheaval and change have occurred over the past seven years. “Washington’s signature Red Delicious not only embodied the ideal apple, but also the corner the industry backed itself into,” said WSU’s John Fellman, professor, department of horticulture and landscape architecture. That corner grew into a dilemma when people tired of the taste of the Red Delicious … » More …