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PETA asks state auditor to investigate WSU research with animals during COVID-19

PETA requested the Washington State Auditor’s Office to investigate whether WSU spent taxpayer dollars on experiments involving animals labeled as non-essential.

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter

September 23, 2020

The animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals requested a state audit regarding WSU research involving animals labeled as “unnecessary.”  PETA requested the Washington State Auditor’s Office to investigate whether WSU spent taxpayer dollars on experiments invol...

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 21, 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 $3 million for wheat production research.  Tim Murray’s grandparents were Rosalie and Harold Rea Brown and the donor, ...

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 15, 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 of viticulture at WSU, and a team of postdoctoral students worked to determine how best to co...

Eleven research ponies recover from equine influenza

The horses first started showing symptoms of equine influenza Aug. 21, including cough and fever. The animals have been symptom-free since Aug. 27 but are still quarantined.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

September 8, 2020

Editor's note: This article has been updated to correct a factual error where ponies were incorrectly identified as horses.  Eleven ponies at WSU contracted equine influenza, which is an airborne virus spread through infected droplets. The ponies first started showing symptoms Aug. 21, including cough and fe...

WSU student tests Styrofoam-eating mealworms as protein source

Mealworms that had a Styrofoam-only diet began to eat each other to get nutrients. Mealworms that ate Styrofoam and chicken appeared healthy.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

September 3, 2020

WSU master’s student Brenden Campbell began researching mealworms, a type of beetle larvae, for his Honors College thesis after he saw a Stanford research article showing mealworms can digest polystyrene, better known as Styrofoam. “My mind started spinning,” Campbell said. “If they can do...

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 31, 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 attaches roots of other plants to a growing watermelon vine, could help watermelons build resistance ...

App may help asthma patients during wildfire season

Researchers hope to enroll 60 students in a study to determine whether asthma app is beneficial. The app includes a feature for young adults to share symptom-prevention tips.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

August 26, 2020

Researchers at the WSU College of Nursing are testing a new app that may help young adults with asthma manage their symptoms during wildfire season.  Wildfire smoke can exacerbate asthma symptoms. Wildfires are becoming an increasing problem in the Inland Northwest, said Julie Postma, the study’s prin...

Symposium to allow quinoa enthusiasts learn from leaders in the field

There will be several presentations on different quinoa-related topics during the International Quinoa Research Symposium. The presentations will include ways to cook, grow and market quinoa.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 24, 2020

Within the last several years, quinoa has become a household grain after being a rather unknown crop in many parts of the world. Researchers will call more attention to the crop by sharing cutting-edge research at the second International Quinoa Research Symposium. The symposium will spotlight how quinoa cont...

WSU team designs masks, tests level of protection for use

Shawn Brow, nurse anesthetist in Spokane and adjunct faculty with the Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine, wears a mask that she and her team designed.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 17, 2020

Members of WSU faculty designed and tested facial coverings to see if they can be used by healthcare professionals as a last resort. Early in the pandemic, the team heard there was going to be a shortage of N95 masks. They wanted to design a mask a healthcare provider might use if they lacked suffic...

Environment, neighborhood characteristics affect people’s longevity, researchers say

Walkability is correlated to a person’s likelihood of living to 100 years old, according to a study conducted by WSU researchers.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

July 1, 2020

Factors such as neighborhood walkability and socioeconomic status are correlated to a person’s likelihood of living to 100 years old, according to a study conducted by WSU researchers.  It is more likely for people to live to 100 years old if they are female, white or live in areas where there is a higher perce...

Plant protein may help researchers understand drought resilience

Hollow cells in the xylem have pits that allow water to move from roots to shoots. MAP20 is a protein that helps regulate pit architecture.

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen reporter

June 29, 2020

By knocking down the concentration of a protein called MAP20 in plant cells, WSU researchers determined cells with less MAP20 are less likely to recover from drought, providing insight into the function of the protein. The research delves into the vascular system of plants, which is relatively unknown...

Researchers to create robotic system for fruit flower pollination

Manoj Karkee, associate professor in WSU’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering, has worked on several projects including a robotic system that selectively prunes fruit tree branches.

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter

June 26, 2020

Researchers at WSU and Pennsylvania State University are collaborating to create a robotic system that will artificially pollinate fruit tree flowers due to threats to natural pollination worldwide. The robotic system will be able to detect where flowers are  using cameras and a computational s...

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