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WSU Tri-Cities researchers use fungi to replace chemical fertilizers

Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi can help plants absorb light and water. They expand the plant’s root zone and act as a biofertilizer.
TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter December 8, 2020

A team at WSU Tri-Cities is researching a type of fungus that could replace chemical fertilizers in crops. The team is working to see if applying inoculants that contain arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi...

WSU creates new faculty position to research potato production, health

The new chair will research how farmers can protect potatoes from soil pathogens, said Scot Hulbert, associate dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resources Sciences Office of Research.
BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter November 20, 2020

After receiving a $3 million endowment from members of the potato industry, WSU created a new endowed chair position to lead research on potato production and soil health. The individual chosen as the...

Horticulture orchard to have more crops planted

A worker picks apples in the R.B. Tukey Orchard on WSU's campus Oct. 7.
ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter October 22, 2020

Workers began planting crops at WSU's R.B. Tukey Horticulture Orchard this spring, two years since the location was established, but the orchard will still have new crops planted. There will be a variety...

WSU extension office helps farmers overcome suicide, mental health issues

From 2016 to 2019, three suicides occurred among members of Skagit County’s agricultural industry.
LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter October 6, 2020

When Bob Engle witnessed his father experience clinical depression, Engle knew he did not want to venture on the same road his father walked on. “It’s just my own recognition to not let depression...

WSU hosts first digital Ag-athon

Students will be paired in teams for the competition. They will have to answer a question based on four different categories.
BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter September 29, 2020

WSU is hosting its first digital Ag-athon, inviting students to solve questions about the agriculture industry as part of the Cornell Initiative for Digital Agriculture. The questions will be based...

County candidates debate on COVID-19 response, small business assistance

Tom Handy, who is running against incumbent Dean Kinzer for Whitman County commissioner, said he believes the county has a responsibility to provide grant assistance to allow businesses to thrive. 
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter September 24, 2020

Candidates for the Whitman County Commission debated Thursday night about the county’s role in handling the pandemic, support of small businesses and developing long-term plans for rebuilding towns impacted...

Alumnus highlights farmworkers’ fight for justice

Members of the United Farm Workers Foundation stand in front of a building at a mask distribution event. The UFW Foundation has been highly involved in activism for farm workers’ rights.
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter September 23, 2020

The Multicultural Student Center and Chicanx/Latinx Student Center highlighted the victories of farmworkers who battled for equity in the workforce during Wednesday’s virtual presentation by WSU alumnus...

Researcher made chair of plant pathology department

André-Denis Wright, dean of WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, said the $3 million endowment will result in reliable revenue for the college.
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter September 20, 2020

A WSU plant pathology researcher will be the first to serve in the newly established Rosalie & Harold Rea Brown Distinguished Endowed Chair in Plant Pathology after his uncle gifted the WSU Foundation...

Horticulture researchers find ways to combat climate change in vineyards

Researchers in Prosser are developing ways to preserve the quality of wine-making industries by creating ways to prevent grapes from overheating.
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter September 14, 2020

As climate change threatens Washington vineyards, a group of viticulture and enology researchers in Prosser are developing ways to preserve the quality of wine-making industries.  Markus Keller, professor...

WSU offers bulk beef orders

People can order quarter, half or whole cow carcasses. The cows have been ethically raised.
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter September 1, 2020

Beef lovers can now order in bulk from WSU’s premium beef locker, enjoying meat from cattle born and raised within 12 miles of campus. Brent McCann, WSU Department of Animal Science beef operations...

Splice grafting could save Washington watermelons, WSU study finds

Splice grafting involves growers finding the most compatible rootstock and attaching its roots to a growing watermelon vine.
SYDNEY BROWN, Evergreen reporter August 30, 2020

A new study could help watermelon farmers in Washington fight a deadly fungal disease.  WSU researchers at the Department of Horticulture found that splice grafting, a centuries-old technique that...

WSU tree researchers attempt to prevent Little Cherry Disease

Scott Harper, WSU assistant professor of virology, examines diseased cherries, which can be small and bitter.
EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter August 27, 2020

WSU scientists and cherry growers are finding new ways to prevent Little Cherry Disease, an infection that spreads between trees and can significantly decrease fruit yield.  When a tree growing fruit...

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