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WSU Extension: foresters, tree fruit staff earn national awards
June 28, 2017

WSU Extension Tree Fruit groupBy Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Two WSU Extension faculty members won awards this year from the Association of Natural Resource Professionals for their efforts connecting with small forest landowners.

New clean plant center director works to protect NW crops
February 1, 2017

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

PROSSER, Wash. – As new director of the Clean Plant Center Northwest, Scott Harper will help growers stop devastating crop viruses before they gain a foothold. His top priority is to grow the Northwest’s supply of virus-free fruit trees, vines and hops.

Researcher fights fungus in apples, pears under storage
November 7, 2016

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

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Delving into the secrets of the molds and fungi that can wreck a good apple or pear, Achour Amiri can be found working in packing rooms and warehouses throughout central Washington this time of year.

WSU grant will help fight devastating citrus disease
March 21, 2016

By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

Citrus-greening-detailPULLMAN, Wash. – Three Washington State University researchers have received a $2.1 million grant to help save the U.S. and global citrus industry. They will develop methods of growing a citrus-destroying bacteria so that strategies to fight the disease it causes can be pursued.

Statewide tree fruit extension team gets new leader
October 15, 2015

Karen-LewisMOSES LAKE, Wash. – Karen Lewis, a Washington State University Extension regional tree fruit specialist, has been appointed to lead WSU’s tree fruit extension team, effective Oct. 1.

New director at WSU tree fruit research center
August 24, 2015

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

McFerson-80WENATCHEE, Wash. – Jim McFerson is the new director for the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center (TFREC) in Wenatchee starting Aug. 24.

Small business gets advice to market fruit wood for barbecues
June 4, 2015

By Nevonne McDaniels, Wenatchee Business Journal

CoatesWENATCHEE, Wash. – After two years of work and free business counsel, Bob’s Smokin’ Hardwood is gearing up to sell lengths of fruit wood – cherry, pear and apple – for use in meat and fish smokers.

New research/extension faculty to focus on tree fruit diseases
May 21, 2015

WENATCHEE, Wash. – A new faculty member at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center will focus on diseases in fruit after it is harvested – like gray mold that afflicts otherwise appetizing strawberries and blueberries.

Study reveals promise for expanding hard cider industry
November 12, 2014

By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences

apples-80MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – A new study by researchers at Washington State University shows that mechanical harvesting of cider apples can provide labor and cost savings without affecting fruit, juice or cider quality.