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Getting the fix on Nitrogen

Nitrogen is an essential nutrient for plant growth, but not all forms of nitrogen are usable by plants. Although Earth’s atmosphere is rich in nitrogen, the inert atmospheric gas is useless to most organisms.   Some plants, though, form symbiotic relationships with bacteria called rhizobia. In a complicated exchange of nutrients, rhizobia produce an abundance […]

Honoring excellence

• Hanu Pappu, associate professor and President Sam Smith Distinguished Professor in Plant Virology, has received a Fulbright Award for 2008-2009. He will lecture and do research at Alexandria University, Egypt. • University Publishing’s printing facility has been awarded chain-of-custody certification from the Forest Stewardship Council. WSU is the first university in the nation to […]

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 […]

Survey ranks WSU plant, animal scientists among top in nation

PULLMAN– Washington State University scientists conducting research on plants and animals are among the most productive in the nation, according to a survey measuring faculty scholarly productivity published recently in The Chronicle for Higher Education. WSU plant scientists were ranked the fifth most productive in the United States. WSU’s zoology program ranked No. 10 in the […]

Garden of readin’

Jade plants, ferns, Christmas cacti, philodendrons, dieffenbachias and hoyas line the windowsills of Fischer Agricultural Science Library at WSU Pullman, thanks to Rhonda Gaylord, Fischer’s library specialist and resident gardener. In a small library with limited staff, Gaylord’s job tasks are broad, including working at the circulation desk, processing reserve materials, checking in journals, overseeing […]

Opening ceremonies slated for pathogen research facility

PUYALLUP, Wash. — Elected officials will join leaders of the state’s forest products, nursery and Christmas tree industries on Monday to tour and dedicate a new research biocontainment facility for plant pathogens at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center.Ceremonies will be held on Monday, April 24, with tours of the isolation unit beginning at […]

2nd Allan Plant Breeding Symposium April 17

Crop breeders from North Carolina and California will discuss their work at the second Robert E. Allan Plant Breeding Symposium on Monday, April 17 at 1 p.m. in Johnson Hall, Room C107.Jim Holland, a maize geneticist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service at North Carolina State, will discuss how genes interact at the molecular and […]

Cancer research licensing agreement announced

PULLMAN – Washington State University and Exelixis Plant Sciences, Inc., have entered a commercial licensing agreement covering patent rights and biological materials for use of plant cell cultures in the production of paclitaxel and other valuable taxane products used in cancer treatments.The rights granted by the WSU Research Foundation under the this commercial license are related […]