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Cider apples contain fewer nutrients and amino acids than other fruits, making them harder to ferment. The researchers want to understand the types of nutrients available in the apples.

Researchers to improve cider fermentation

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter March 4, 2021

To make the apple cider fermentation process easier and more predictable, WSU researchers are trying to add more nutrients to cider. The research team is creating a powder base with extra nutrients...

Amanda Stahl, postdoctoral conservation science researcher, refines and executes automated mission plans to collect imagery for 3D surface modeling.

WSU researchers produce technology to monitor ecology

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter March 4, 2021

A WSU research team uses free satellite imagery and drones to provide data used for ecological monitoring to Whitman County and the Palouse Conservation District, which voluntarily works with community...

The Big Wood River basin in Sawtooth National Forest, Idaho, is one of the researchers’ study sites. While research was done in Idaho, it applies to the western U.S.

Fires burn more acreage due to climate change

ANNE-MARIE GREGGS, Evergreen reporter March 4, 2021

WSU researchers found that recent wildfires have been getting hotter, occurring more often and burning more acreage. In some of the areas the researchers studied, climate change caused fires. In other...

The COVID-19 virus likely cannot infect breast milk, so breastfeeding is probably not risky. Now, researchers are studying possible vaccine side effects in breastfeeding women.

Mothers pass SARS antibodies to babies in milk

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter February 25, 2021

Breastfeeding mothers who have COVID-19 are unlikely to give their infants the virus, discovered researchers from WSU, the University of Idaho and other universities nationwide. The research team began...

Typically, wastewater treatment uses aeration so bacteria can consume the organic materials found in wastewater, but the new process uses carbon.

New wastewater process less energy-intensive

KASSANDRA VOGEL, Evergreen reporter February 25, 2021

WSU researchers found a more sustainable process to treat wastewater that uses less energy than current methods.  Wastewater is composed of organic materials, which bacteria consume to clean the water....

People who express disgust at things like rotten meat or stepping in dog poop are not as likely to get infected with a pathogen.

People who feel more disgust less likely to be infected

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter February 18, 2021

People who feel disgust more easily are less likely to expose themselves to situations where they could get an infection, researchers found. Researchers from WSU, as well as universities across the...

A WSU researcher sprays tree fruit with cellulose nanocrystal treatment that protects the fruit from frost damage. Cellulose is a component of plant walls that adds rigidity.

WSU technology protects crops from frost

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter February 18, 2021

Every year, farmers around the world are plagued by crop loss due to cold temperatures and frost, no matter what fruits, vegetables or grains they produce. A WSU research team developed a sustainable...

Food science graduate student Heather Carbon collects a fermented sample of synthetic grape juice made from wild yeasts.

Researchers to reduce wine’s alcohol content

MADYSEN MCLAIN, Evergreen reporter February 11, 2021

WSU researchers are looking to improve the fermentation process for Washington winemakers, who are part of an industry worth about $8.4 billion. The team, made up of undergraduate and graduate students,...

In places where dogs are used for herding, people are not as close with their dogs. Researchers also found that women have more affectionate relationships with dogs than men do.

Affection influenced dog domestication

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter February 11, 2021

Temperature and gender have influenced the relationships between humans and dogs in various cultures, a WSU anthropological research team has found. Environmental temperature has influenced how useful...

Researchers know more about how Mayans manipulated plants because they looked at chemical compounds of plants in ancient drug containers. It seems like Mayans processed tobacco in a similar manner to how it is processed today.

Mayans may have used medicinal tobacco

JENAE LAXSON, Evergreen reporter February 4, 2021

WSU researchers found evidence of Mexican Marigold and two different tobacco species in ancient Maya drug containers found in the northwestern region of the Yucatan Peninsula. Mexican Marigold is a...

A team of researchers is studying different treatments to kill the bacteria that causes a disease in carrot seeds. The disease is not harmful to people who eat the crop, but carrots cannot produce enough nutrients if they are infected with it.

WSU researcher fights harmful pathogen in carrot seeds

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter February 4, 2021

A WSU researcher and a university alumnus are working on a team to prevent the growth of a bacterial pathogen in carrot seed crops. Bacterial blight is a seed-borne disease in carrots that is prevalent...

An eye tracker can rotate and follow a person’s eyes to monitor where they are looking. The technology allows a person’s eyes to control a mouse on a computer screen.

Students designed eye tracker testing rig

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter January 28, 2021

WSU engineering students are testing eye-tracking technology to improve the quality of life for people who have neurodegenerative diseases and no alternative way to communicate. Last semester, the team...

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