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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...

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...

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....

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,...

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