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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 […]

Faculty fill up and fraternize

Here are the researchers with office and collaborative lab space in the new Plant Biosciences Building. The names are grouped according to location in the building and shared disciplines. Dennis Johnson, Rm. 107, professor, Plant Pathology, 335-3753, Research: Epidemiology and management of diseases of irrigated crops, and ecology of plant pathogens on natural vegetation. […]

Plant Biosciences stark contrast to building it replaces

Friday’s grand opening of the Plant Biosciences Building on the Pullman campus marks the end of an era and the ushering in of a new style of research at Washington State University. From architectural design, to air circulation, lighting, space and interdisciplinary collaboration, it’s a whole new ball game in scientific research. The difference between […]

Growth research highlighted in Nature

Waist-high corn stalks laden with full-size ears; squash plants that don’t sprawl over half your yard; a miniature tomato plant offering hefty red fruits to astronauts weary of freeze-dried food: these are just a few of the possibilities raised by new research at Washington State University. Lead investigator B.W. (Joe) Poovaiah and research associate Liqun […]

Research suggests herbicide may suppress soybean rust

Promising lab results by researchers at Washington State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service show the herbicide glyphosate has activity in suppressing Asian soybean rust. WSU has applied for U.S. and international patent protection, which will be published soon. WSU, through its Washington State Research Foundation, intends to license this intellectual […]

Event honors plant breeder

WSU’s first Robert E. Allan Plant Breeding Symposium is set for 1-5 p.m. Monday, April 18, in Johnson C107. It will be followed by a free social, 5-7 p.m. in the Ensminger Livestock Pavilion, with food, drinks and a bluegrass band. The free symposium is presented by the Departments of Crop and Soil Sciences and […]

Johnson Hall establishes native plant plot

One of the 2004 Cougar Pride Day projects completed by students, staff and faculty at Johnson Hall was the establishment of a native plant exhibit as a campus and community educational project. Students helped put in a variety of flowering plants including camas bulbs, mariposa lilies and other native Palouse prairie varieties. The beautiful blue […]

Power outages continue in preparation for energy plant

This week, during spring break, Facilities Operations is scheduling several power outages that will affect a wide number of buildings. Here’s a brief Q&A with Terry Ryan, Washington State University’s energy manager, explaining why, when and where the articles are occurring. Q: Why we’re having the outages? TR: The new Grimes Way Steam Plant (GWSP) […]