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Antibiotics fail against resistant germs

Antibiotics fail against resistant germs

JAKOB THORINGTON, 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 of that — the other thing I was prone to was infectious diseases.” Omulo, clinical assoc...

Bacteria can be used to make nitrogen

Bacteria can be used to make nitrogen

TJ YOCKACHONIS, Evergreen reporter

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 the McCarter Seminar Series “Hierarchical regulation of nitrogen fixation in bacteria associated wi...

Frozen leaves cause unusual taste in red wine

Frozen leaves cause unusual taste in red wine

BROOKLYNN HILLEMANN, Evergreen reporter

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 in the study of wines. He said he was tasked by Washington wine producers with explaining why re...

A ‘berry’ important research project

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 the Vaccinium Coordinated Agricultural Project (VacCAP) was created to develop DNA-based tools whic...

Local agencies prepare for COVID-19

Local agencies prepare for COVID-19

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter

February 14, 2020

While cases of the novel coronavirus continue to increase, several public health officials and medical providers on the Palouse are preparing for the outbreak. Previously known as the novel coronavirus, the new strain of the virus was renamed COVID-19 two days ago by the World Health Organization....

Reshaping stream structure to improve habitats

Reshaping stream structure to improve habitats

LOREN NEGRON, Evergreen reporter

February 13, 2020

The Palouse Conservation District (PCD) held a presentation about stream structure on Wednesday in the Paradise Creek Brewery Trailside Taproom. Randy Stevens, PCD conservation coordinator, said changing stream structure can produce diverse habitats, which can help address drought and flooding. ...

Bees on the move

Bees on the move

ALANA LACKNER, Evergreen reporter

January 29, 2020

After almost 20 years working out of temporary quarters, WSU’s Honey Bee and Pollinator Research and Education program will be moving much of its work to a new facility in Othello. Entomology professor Steven Sheppard said the new building alone will allow for more than double the number of bees cur...

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