College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

WSU’s On Solid Ground: Robotic Orchard, Soil Testing, Avian Flu, Market Value, and Product Development

January 2015


Robotic orchard bins to be tested by WSU scientists

Washington State University researchers were awarded a $1 million federal grant to develop an intelligent bin management system supported by a robotic self-propelled fruit bin carrier in tree fruit orchards.

“This grant gives us the chance to convert what we thought would work into something that orchards can use,” said Dr. Qin Zhang, who will lead the research. “It’s one aspect to help address the overall labor shortage that orchards are dealing with.”

Zhang, director of the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems and professor in the Department of Biological … » More …

All that glitters is not (pure) gold

Recently I had the pleasure of going to the wedding celebration of my assistant at work — whom I count as a good friend — and her new husband. Theirs is an international marriage: the bride was born and raised in this country, the groom born and raised in China. The wedding celebration had elements of traditions from both the U.S. and China: the bride wore red, as is the custom in China, and the marriage was celebrated with a ring, as is the custom here.

Engagement and wedding rings interest geologists from a technical point of view. Long ago, I did geologic research related … » More …

WSU’s Voice of the Vine: Cabernet Sauvignon, Hard Cider, Blended Learning, Donors, and Board of Regents

Award-winning research offers choices for improving Cabernet Sauvignon

When it comes to more options for fine-tuning wines, innovative research by Washington State University and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates bridges the divide between the vineyard and the winery.

One recent research project focused on how maceration times and irrigation rates can affect the color, taste and mouthfeel of Washington State Cabernet Sauvignon wine. The study won 2014 Best Enology Paper from the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture for outstanding content and substantial contribution to the winemaking field.

“This groundbreaking experiment was a noteworthy example of industry and academic cooperation,” said James Harbertson, WSU associate … » More …

WSU’s Green Times: Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!


From the CAHNRS Communications Team that brings you Green Times, we wish you a joyful holiday season and Happy New Year.

Green Times will return in January 2015!

Sylvia, Scott, and Therese Go Cougs!

Enjoy these CAHNRS newsletters.

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Harvesting energy from sunlight

What if there were a two-for-one sale on kilowatts? Your power bill would be cut in half — not a bad result for your monthly budget.

Energy drives everything we produce and consume, and global energy consumption continues to grow year after year. The two-for-one image came to mind as I talked with Professor Jeanne McHale of Washington State University. McHale is a chemist who researches an alternative approach to making solar cells that produce electricity.

“There’s no question we have a lot of solar energy that strikes the planet each day,” McHale told me. “It’s an often-quoted statistic that just one hour of sunlight … » More …

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