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Plastic waste is a problem, so WSU Professor Hongfei Lin is researching how to chemically convert plastic types that are difficult to recycle.

WSU professor researches more effective ways to recycle

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter October 14, 2021

Around the world, tons of disposable plastic are thrown away each day, while only about 9 percent of plastic is recycled worldwide.  Plastic materials usually end up in landfills or the ocean. Every...

Researchers were studying how drought conditions affect the trees to determine which variety would best serve as winbreak tress for farmsteads.

Lind Dryland and the death of 85 Austrian trees

KASSANDRA VOGEL, Evergreen reporter September 16, 2021

WSU’s Lind Dryland Research Station housed 85 Austrian pine trees for 45 years before they were all destroyed in a fire this summer, leaving decades of ongoing research incomplete.  In 1976, 329...

Professor Idil Akin collects soil samples for research after the 2018 Mesa Wildfire.

Soil: On unsteady ground

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter September 2, 2021

A WSU researcher received a $567,113 grant from the National Science Foundation to study the mechanisms that cause landslides after a wildfire occurs.  Landslides can occur at varying times after a...

Computer-controlled camera systems at the WSU Compact Plants Phenomics Center helped researchers capture images of plants, such as this one, to better understand photosynthetic energy conversion.

WSU researchers create computer model to understand how plants work in nature

ALEXANDRIA OSBORNE, Evergreen reporter July 12, 2021

A WSU-led research team created a computer model to understand how photosynthesis energy conversion works in plants.  “Life is not possible without energy conversion … if you die, you lose your...

Eric Barrow, Miles Pepper and Scott Hanson, employees of the Voiland College Machine Shop, are helping build the CentriFLEX prototype.

WSU researchers create device to grow cancer-killing cells

EMMA LEDBETTER, Evergreen news editor June 14, 2021

WSU researchers developed a device to rapidly grow killer T cells, immune cells that can be used to treat cancer.  Chemical engineering doctoral students Kitana Kaiphanliam and Brenden Fraser-Hevlin...

Traditional salmon drying racks are shown in the Native Village of Kokhanok on Lake Iliamna, Bristol Bay, Alaska. Salmon was important to Native Americans’ diets.

Native Americans did not solely eat salmon

KASSANDRA VOGEL, Evergreen reporter April 29, 2021

WSU researchers found that Native Americans had diverse diets that did not rely solely on lean meat, which debunks previous findings that suggested Native peoples’ diets along the Pacific Rim were almost...

The research team wants to use a more holistic approach to determine where resources should be put to fight disease at a larger level.

WSU researchers develop way to measure diseases in cows

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter April 29, 2021

WSU researchers are measuring the impact of common diseases in dairy cows to develop more effective treatments and preventative measures. The team is developing a metric similar to one that is currently...

An intestinal cell is infected by Campylobacter jejuni, a bacterium that causes food-borne illness. The bacteria are red, and the host cell is green.

Researchers understand way bacterium infects cells

SYDNEY OPFER, Evergreen reporter April 22, 2021

Researchers have found the mechanism that one bacterium uses to enter the intestinal cells of the body. This bacterium is the most common cause of food-borne illness in the U.S. The bacterium, Campylobacter...

Rheumatoid arthritis causes inflamed joints. Over time, the disease affects vital organs, like the heart and liver, as well.

Newly discovered protein helps rheumatoid arthritis symptom

TRINITY WILLSEY, Evergreen reporter April 22, 2021

WSU researchers discovered a protein that will help treat chronic inflammation resulting from rheumatoid arthritis.  They found a protein called GBP5 in tissue cells from diseased joints affected...

Michael Letko, assistant professor for the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, works in his lab. He is part of a team that is working to determine which coronaviruses can infect humans.

Researchers create coronavirus database

KASSANDRA VOGEL, Evergreen reporter April 8, 2021

WSU researchers have developed a database to group and organize coronaviruses that may help with pandemic preparedness in the future. The database contains data about thousands of coronaviruses, many...

Researchers studied multiple springs in Teapa, Mexico, with different levels of hydrogen sulfide and saw the stages of the fish adapting to the ecosystems.

Certain fish found to adapt to toxic water

SYDNEY OPFER, Evergreen reporter March 18, 2021

Fish can adapt to living in water with deadly levels of hydrogen sulfide, researchers found. These Poeciliid fish that the researchers studied are found in four different springs in southern Mexico....

Two species of flies are on a dwarf peach tree. Researchers found that one species of fly grew larger and developed faster after being around an invasive fly species.

Flies evolve in response to invasive species

ERIN MULLINS, Evergreen reporter March 11, 2021

Fruit flies can rapidly adapt to their environment in just a few generations, WSU researchers found. This provides evidence to show that other species may be able to adapt to the effects of global climate...

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