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Puget Sound revitalization pursued by citizens, WSU Extension

puget sound partnership logo kayakIt is estimated that 75 percent of contamination in the Puget Sound is unwittingly produced by citizens — via commercial wastewater, sewage treatment plants, stormwater runoff from roads and paved surfaces, construction and other activities. » More …

Attend APAC’s monthly meeting at a new time

The upcoming Administrative Professional Advisory Council meeting will be Thursday, February 12 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm.

Speaker topics for this month’s meeting will be:

2:30pm-3:15pm
WSU Puyallup – Bridging the Past to the Future. Jim Kropf, NW Extension District Director  and John Stark, WSU Puyallup Director

3:30pm-4:00pm
HRS – AP Classification/Compensation Plan Draft, Theresa Elliot-Cheslek, HRS Interim Director, and Suzette Yaezenko

The meetings are open to the public., and all A/Ps are encouraged to attend.  

Meeting Locations:    
WSU Pullman: Murrow 55
WSU Spokane: SAC 415
WSU Puyallup:  Chicona Conf Room
WSU Tri-Cities: TWST 209
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Gifts make bedtime better for neighboring children

WSU Extension 4-H staff in Puyallup: Carey Roos, left, Linda

Williams, Tony Dell, Darlene Munson, Betsy Fradd and Kevin Wright.

(Photo by Dana Schlenker, Center for Distance and Professional

 Education, Puyallup)

Employees of WSU Extension in Puyallup recently donated new pajamas and books to help young people in Pierce County.

 

The items collected by WSU and other community members will go to about 100 youths served at Tacoma’s Helping Hand House, which works to rescue families from homelessness.

 

The effort was part of the Pajama Program, which serves … » More …

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 cause of sudden oak death. This fungus-like pathogen has killed more than a million oak trees in California and has been found in a number of Puget Sound nurseries. If uncontrolled, this pathogen can spread through air and water to other trees and plants in nurseries and into surrounding … » More …

From ag to urban

Photo: Soils technician Richard Bembenek works on heavy metals remediation. (Photo courtesy of Puyallup Research and Extension Center).

The Puyallup Research and Extension Center, more than 100 years old, is in the midst of change. An action plan developed by the faculty and staff is shaping the center’s mission to better reflect and focus on urban issues in the surrounding community, said Jon Newkirk, director.

“The center has been here for 112 years,” Newkirk said. “When it started, it was all agriculture in the area and that was the primary focus.”

But a lot has changed in the neighborhood, he said: “We are in … » More …

House built for bugs; grand opening slated

PUYALLUP — Why would anyone intentionally build a new house with deck posts in contact with soil, improperly installed window flashings, a leaking toilet and attic insulation running right up to ventilation holes?The answer is to provide the first hands-on training facility in the western United States for structural pest inspectors where they can actually see the real-world conditions that invite pest infestations.A grand opening celebration will begin at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, April 9, for the new Structural Pest Research and Demonstration Facility located at the Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center at 7612 Pioneer Way East in Puyallup.While similar facilities have … » More …

Turfgrass research farm renamed to honor Roy Goss

PUYALLUP — The Washington State University turfgrass research farm in Puyallup was renamed the R.L. Goss Research Farm in ceremonies held at the farm. Roy L. Goss is a pioneer in turfgrass research and many of his innovations are still used in golf courses, playfields, parks and landscaping throughout the country.”I’m pleased for this honor,” the octogenarian Goss told some 200 people gathered for the dedication.  “This honor is usually reserved for people who are already under the turf.  I checked the obits this morning and I’m not there, so this really is quite an honor.”Goss began his career in 1958 in the newly created position … » More …

Biocontainment unit helps researchers to tackle SOD

For more than three years Kathy Riley, a WSU research technologist, has been trekking between the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center and Corvallis, Ore. to conduct research on the deadly plant pathogen known as Sudden Oak Death. That’s because Oregon State University is home of the only pathogen isolation facility in the region federally approved for research on SOD.But now there are two.This week, nursery and forest products industry representatives and local elected officials joined College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences administrators to cut the ribbon on a new $250,0000 biocontainment unit for SOD research recently installed at the Puyallup Center.With completion … » More …

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 1 p.m. and opening ceremonies beginning at 2 p.m. in the D.F. Almendinger Center on the Puyallup Center campus, 7612 Pioneer Way East.WSU financed and installed the $250,000 isolation facility to expedite research on Sudden Oak Death, a deadly and easily spread plant pathogen. The fungus-like pathogen was identified in … » More …

Puyallup leading int’l search for perfect Christmas tree

What makes an ideal Christmas tree?Most of us look for things like shape, fullness and good color, but Washington State University plant pathologist Gary Chastagner has some additional criteria.”For me, the ideal Christmas tree is one that’s relatively easy to grow in this region, has natural resistance to disease and pests, and has high moisture and needle retention once it’s cut,” Chastagner said. “The big thing is moisture retention, not just for appearances but because that means a more fire resistant tree.”From the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center Chastagner is leading an international search for superior Christmas trees, working with collaborators in three Scandinavian … » More …