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The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

Biofilm granules like the ones pictured here contain extracellular polymeric substances that act as glue to hold bacteria — and soil — together.

Researchers strengthen soil using environmentally-friendly bacterial ‘glue’

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor July 14, 2021

Slimy layers of bacteria called biofilms can act as an environmentally-friendly glue to improve the strength of soil, according to a WSU study published in the journal Biofilm.  Biofilms occur when...

This image, which appears in the study manuscript, shows the physical differences between freshwater and toxin-adapted Atlantic molly. Toxin-adapted fish have larger heads and gills as adaptations to the oxygen-deficient water.

Study finds epigenetic modifications last multiple generations in toxin-adapted fish

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor July 2, 2021

WSU researchers found in a study that epigenetic modifications for fish living in toxic hydrogen sulfide-rich water can last for two generations after being moved to fresh water.  DNA itself — through...

Scott Harper, WSU assistant professor of virology, examines diseased cherries, which can be small and bitter.

WSU tree researchers attempt to prevent Little Cherry Disease

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor August 28, 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...

Scientists do not fully understand how bats have so many viruses that can spill over to humans, a WSU researcher says. When humans contract a virus from bats, it can cause disease and death.

Bats must be studied more to understand transmission of viruses, researchers say

CHERYL AARNIO, Evergreen reporter July 20, 2020

In a literature review, WSU researchers determined bats must be studied more. This is because scientists do not know enough about how to lessen the threats they pose to human health.  When bat viruses...

Roberta O’Connor, associate professor in WSU’s Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, extracts shipworms from wood in the Philippines. Shipworms contain bacteria that produce useful compounds for drugs.

Bacterial compound may treat entire class of parasites

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor July 3, 2020

A compound produced by bacteria in shipworms may help WSU researchers create a drug treatment for a class of parasites called apicomplexans.  “This is the only drug we know of that targets this whole...

Porismita Borah, associate professor of strategic communications in WSUs Edward R. Murrow College of Communication, helped with a study on usage of certain language in ads.

Wording of vaccine ads matter, WSU alumna says

BRADLEY GAMBLE, Evergreen reporter June 15, 2020

Words matter for any organization trying to reach an audience. The same goes for vaccine ads, according to a new WSU study. A recent WSU alumna and an associate professor conducted the first experimental...

The animal rights organization cites three public records reports from the USDA where, according to PETA, there have been violations of the Animal Welfare Act. One report involves three bighorn sheep.

WSU urged to cease animal testing

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen roots editor April 8, 2020

The animal rights organization People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) sent a letter to WSU President Kirk Schulz on April 1 urging the university to stop animal testing amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Shalin...

MAPS supports minority students in pre-health

MAPS supports minority students in pre-health

JOEL KEMEGUE, Evergreen mint editor April 7, 2020

The Minority Association for Pre-Health Services, or MAPS, focuses on helping all students of color in pre-health. Members of the club, which runs under the Health Professions Student Center, do not...

Sylvia Omulo, clinical assistant professor at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at WSU, reflects on Thursday on her time in Kenya. She works to raise awareness on seeking medical treatment before resorting to antibiotics.

Antibiotics fail against resistant germs

JAKOB THORINGTON, Former Evergreen reporter February 26, 2020

Growing up in Kenya, Sylvia Omulo had two guarantees: falling and infectious diseases. “I really liked to play,” she said. “Some of my favorite games involved speed and falling was a consequence...

Engineering bacteria could reduce the need for human-made fertilizers. Controlling nitrogen in bacteria can help plants.

Bacteria can be used to make nitrogen

TJ YOCKACHONIS February 25, 2020

Some bacteria transform nitrogen in the air, which is useless to all life, into useful nutrients for plants and animals.  The importance of these “nitrogen-fixing” bacteria was the focus of...

Unusual floral aromas are found in red wines when the grapes used to make the wine have been exposed to cold snaps in the early fall. This causes frozen leaves to stick to grape clusters which often end up harvested and bottled.

Frozen leaves cause unusual taste in red wine

BROOKLYNN HILLEMANN February 20, 2020

Unusual floral notes found in red wines are caused by frozen and dead leaves, according to a WSU professor.  Jim Harbertson, associate professor of enology for WSU’s Wine Science Center, specializes...

The $12.8 million research project is being funded by the USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative and led by North Carolina State University. Berries will be bred by various staffing and molecular tools.

A ‘berry’ important research project

LAUREN ELLENBECKER, Evergreen reporter February 14, 2020

WSU researchers are examining ways to alter genetic traits and breed berries in order to grow better, tastier varieties.  Lisa DeVetter, WSU Department of Horticulture associate professor, said...

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