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$1.5M for specialty crop research to improve fruits, vegetables, farming

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

usda looPULLMAN, Wash. – Seven research teams at Washington State University will enhance the competitiveness of Pacific Northwest crops by fighting devastating diseases and advancing sustainable agriculture, thanks to more than $1.5 million in Specialty Crop Block Grant funds from the Washington state and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture. » More …

Drought-resistant wheat, soybeans WSU’s aim in USDA grant research

WSU researchers Andrei Smertenko - Mechthild Tegeder
Smertenko, Tegeder (l-r)

By Seth Truscott, WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University seek to improve drought-resistant crops, thanks to more than $900,000 in funding from the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). » More …

Apply for summer research in bioenergy, health, bioplastics

PULLMAN, Wash. – Deadlines are March 1, 3 and 10 for undergraduates to apply for three new Washington State University summer research programs that recently received grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and U.S. Department of Agriculture. » More …

Summer research brings undergraduates to WSU

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By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – Nearly 60 undergraduates from around the country have arrived at Washington State University for unique summer research experiences working with faculty mentors on a wide variety of projects. » More …

Family interaction may affect child’s eating habits

 

 

PULLMAN, Wash.— A new five-year study aims to use the innate sense children have for when they’ve eaten enough to develop a childhood obesity program that focuses on family eating styles.

 

The researchers

“Young children are really good at controlling their calorie intake, but many kids lose that ability as they get older,” says Thomas Power, chair of WSU’s Department of Human Development and a project co-investigator. “That often leads to overeating. Why is it that kids lose that natural ability? We wondered what the parents’ role might be.”

 

Power is working … » More …

Production experts to speak at Beef Profitability Conference

RICHLAND – Three nationally recognized experts on beef production are scheduled to speak at the Beef Profitability Conference, May 19-20 at the Shiloh Inn.

Kit Pharo, a Cheyenne Wells, Col., rancher will discuss the difference between being production-driven and profit-driven, focusing on three key ways to maximize available forage.

Terry Gompert, University of Nebraska extension educator, will talk about what it takes to produce high-quality grass-fed beef and share principles of ultra high stock density grazing and success stories from several graziers around the world.

Charley Orchard, the developer of the Land EKG rangeland monitoring system, will discuss the current situation and offer his … » More …

Bindler continues fight against childhood obesity

SPOKANE — Ruth Bindler, professor for the College of Nursing at WSU, will now have additional time to focus on her research on childhood obesity thanks to the receipt of WSU’s Cougar Gold Scholar Award. The new award program, established by the Office of the Provost, gives leading scholars the opportunity for extended and concentrated scholarly work over a period of three academic years.

“The activities Dr. Bindler has proposed will foster the development of a multidisciplinary approach to treating and preventing adolescent obesity,” said John Roll, associate dean for research for the College of Nursing.

Bindler will … » More …

Campbell awarded by women in agricultural sciences

Kim Campbell,  a USDA-ARS wheat breeder and affiliate faculty within the department of Crop & Soil Sciences was selected as a recipient of the American Society of Agronomy/Crop Science Society of America/Soil Science Society of Amercica Committee on Women  in Agronomoy, Crops, Soils, and Environmental Sciences 2008 Mentoring Award in recognition of her excellent service as a mentor, teacher and role model of women in the agricultural sciences.

Campbell was nominated by various people in her lab group.

The award will be presented October 7during the 2008 annual meeting of the ASA/CSSA/SSSA at the joint luncheon of the ASA/CSSA/SSSA Committee and the Geological Society of … » More …

Grant focuses on better biofuel

PULLMAN – Developing plants that include more of what it takes to replace petrochemicals in fuels, plastics and other applications is the focus of an $840,000 USDA grant awarded to WSU Regents Professor Norman G. Lewis.

The three-year award, which was announced April 10, is part of an $18.4 million investment into biomass research, development and demonstration projects by USDA and the U.S. Department of Energy. The funded projects specifically aim to break down critical barriers to making the production of biomass more efficient and cost effective. Only 21 of the 750 proposals submitted from researchers throughout the U.S. received funding.

Jim Fitzgerald, chief … » More …

WSU scientists receive biology, electronics grants

VANCOUVER — Several faculty members at Washington State University Vancouver recently received major research grants.The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded Ruth Phillips, adjunct research professor of biology, $450,000 over three years for integration of the genetic and physical maps of rainbow trout and Atlantic salmon. Phillips is coordinating her research efforts with those of scientists in Canada and Norway to integrate and correlate results from genome projects on trout and salmon. Phillips’ research involves the evolution of duplicate genes, the role of chromosome rearrangements in speciation, and the evolution of sex chromosomes in these species.Genetic and physical mapping of the genomes and isolation of genes for … » More …