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The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

The student voice of Washington State University since 1895

The Daily Evergreen

Plants can communicate through vast interconnected root networks, intertwined by symbiotic fungi called mycorrhizae.

The power of plant communication

ISABELLE BUSCH April 14, 2022

As a biology major, I tend to focus on the wonders of the animal world: species interactions between badgers and coyotes, reindeer adaptations and the evolution of the pronghorn antelope. But there is a...

The initial strategy for the co-operative pruning process is to have robots prune 80% of the tree.

Research aims to replace human pruners with robots

GREY KAMASZ, Evergreen reporter April 7, 2022

Researchers are developing a robotic system for pruning. The system will allow human pruners and robots to coexist in the same environment. Pruning is a process used to manage the annual growth of trees...

Xianming Chen, plant pathology doctor for the USDA Agricultural Research Service, showcases the wheat being used for the study.

Researchers investigate combating stripe rust

DAVID HUTNER, Evergreen reporter February 17, 2022

Researchers from WSU and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) are working to combat stripe rust, a fungus that can devastate wheat crops and harvests in the Pacific Northwest. The aim...

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

Researchers address challenges in wine production

SANDI KOBIESA, Editor-in-chief February 17, 2022

WSU researchers are studying the fermentation process of wines and ciders to adapt to sudden climate changes affecting grapes. Fermentation is the process of fermented yeast taking sugar and metabolizing...

Breeding virus-resistent crops would take up to 10 years. Currently, prevention is the best cure.

Grant to help screen for viruses in crops

GREY KAMASZ, Evergreen reporter February 10, 2022

Researchers from NuPhY and Texas A&M University received a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant to research and develop ribonucleic acid (RNA) sequencing technology for virus...

Hemp produces high levels of chemicals that make it useful for pharmaceutical applications and industrial use.

WSU researchers receive grant to study hemp on West Coast

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, Evergreen research editor December 9, 2021

WSU researchers, in partnership with several universities and industries on the West Coast, received a five-year $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture grant program to study hemp on...

The Palouse Conservation District is one of four conservation districts in Whitman County. It will use a five-year $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study and adopt management practices to build soil health as part of its Farmers Leading Our United Revolution In Soil Health project.

Grant to help county FLOURISH

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, Evergreen research editor December 2, 2021

The Palouse Conservation District in Pullman received a five-year $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support studies observing climate-friendly agricultural practices and soil...

All wine sale profit will be recycled back into the program.

Squashing grapes: WSU alums create wines

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter November 11, 2021

Three friends at WSU Tri-Cities created two different Riesling white wines from grapes harvested on opposite sides of Lake Chelan, showing how location can impact wine taste.  Grapes were harvested...

A WSU graduate study conducted a study at Black Cyprus to test which wheat pasta people preferred.

Changing wheats is not ‘impastable’

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter November 4, 2021

A WSU doctoral student conducted a study to test which type of wheat locals prefer for their pasta: soft durum wheat or hard durum wheat.  Traditionally, hard durum wheat is used to make pasta, but...

WSU Bee Program Researcher Jennifer Han, left, and graduate student Adam Ware, right, check honey bee hives treated with fungus for mite populations in collaboration with a company called Fungi Perfecti.

Make a buzz to save the bees

ISABELLE BUSCH November 4, 2021

WSU Bee Program researchers are making a buzz to ensure the survival of the honey bees. Honey bees without a honey Genetic diversity is a big problem for honey bees, said Steve Sheppard, honey bee...

Pumpkins are scattered across the ground for a weekend pumpkin hunt hosted by the Spring Valley Family Tree Farm through October in Troy, Idaho. The farm began planting seeds later this year in mid-June because of early cold weather conditions.

Much ado about pumpkins

JUSTIN WASHINGTON, Evergreen research editor October 28, 2021

Pumpkins, notorious for being carved and used in pie, are one of the first indicators of the fall season. But they are tricky to grow in the Palouse. Pumpkins are fruits native to North America. Specifically,...

Photo shows satellite images of a double cropped field over time.

Tracking fields from space

PRESTON LAWRENCE, Evergreen reporter October 7, 2021

Researchers from WSU and the Washington State Department of Agriculture are using satellites to monitor the amount of double cropping in the state.  Double cropping occurs when two crops are harvested...

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