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National magazine features WSU student with global goals

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Organic agriculture systems major Katie Doonan was recently featured in “Planting Seeds,” an article in USA Today’s annual ag special edition.

Two salmon enter, one survives in stormwater runoff

Two salmon enter, one survives in stormwater runoff

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WSU scientists have discovered that different species of salmon have varying reactions to polluted stormwater runoff.

Researchers create microparticles that could help save honey bees

Researchers create microparticles that could help save honey bees

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WSU researchers have developed a new material that attracts pesticide residue in bees, increasing lifespan of individual bees.

WSU Precision Ag ranks with world’s top 25

WSU Precision Ag ranks with world’s top 25

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Industry professionals have named Washington State University one of the 25 best colleges in the world for precision agriculture. At WSU, the Center for Precision…

Removing plant enzyme could result in faster growth, more food

Removing plant enzyme could result in faster growth, more food

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WSU team receives $500,000 grant to study the connection between phosphorylase and photosynthesis, potentially leading to faster growing, larger crops.

Association leader drives research that supports ag economy

Association leader drives research that supports ag economy

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Studying the market forces that influence food, fuel and fiber, agricultural economists are the unsung heroes of the economy, protecting our food supply and safeguarding…

Opportunities that soar: Biological Systems Engineering earns top ranking

Opportunities that soar: Biological Systems Engineering earns top ranking

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They’re piloting drones over Washington vineyards, turning wood waste into jet fuel, and deploying thermal cameras to breed crops that resist drought. Their ideas launch…

CougsGive ’18

CougsGive ’18

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CAHNRS Friends & Alumni are giving in celebration of student experiences and our efforts statewide during #CougsGive!

Build a better puff: WSU scientist fights obesity by adding fiber to puffed snacks

Build a better puff: WSU scientist fights obesity by adding fiber to puffed snacks

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Tumbling hot and crackling from a big steel puffing machine, the snacks in Girish Ganjyal’s lab look and taste like any other puff. But these…

Student entomologist stalks predators to save Washington apples

Student entomologist stalks predators to save Washington apples

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White, fuzzy, and about the size of a pencil tip, the woolly apple aphid is a persistent pest in Northwest apple orchards, harming trees and…

WSU No. 1 in USDA research, development expenditures

WSU No. 1 in USDA research, development expenditures

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WSU tops the list of U.S. Department of Agriculture research and development expenditures, according to the most recent figures available.

Washington’s new 4-H director broadens youth reach

Washington’s new 4-H director broadens youth reach

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Youth become leaders when they learn by doing. That’s the essence of 4-H, and across its 115-year history in Washington, it has never changed. But…

Sparking an interest in agriculture

Sparking an interest in agriculture

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The CAHNRS Spark program took high school students on a tour to show the wide variety of job opportunities in agriculture.

Crop-saving soil tests now at farmers’ fingertips

Crop-saving soil tests now at farmers’ fingertips

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Soil pathogen testing will soon be done accurately, quickly, inexpensively and onsite, thanks to research WSU plant pathologists are sharing.

Trio of videos feature importance of WSU wine research

Trio of videos feature importance of WSU wine research

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WSU V&E Program research faculty and students star in newly released video series. Watch to learn about the history and innovation at the core of…

Bringing the Lewis-Clark Valley’s wine industry back to life

Bringing the Lewis-Clark Valley’s wine industry back to life

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Walking rows of syrah on a late winter afternoon, Coco Umiker takes in the panorama from her Lewiston, Idaho, vineyard. Bare, pale golden vines slope…

Dryland partnership pays off with record-breaking wheat contest win

Dryland partnership pays off with record-breaking wheat contest win

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For more than a hundred years, Washington State University wheat breeders have worked side-by-side with Washington’s dryland farmers to develop new wheat varieties that thrive…

National Science Foundation awards million-dollar funding for role model scientist

National Science Foundation awards million-dollar funding for role model scientist

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Andrei Smertenko recently received NSF CAREER program funding for this research into phragmoplasts, molecular machines that help plants grow.

WSU scientist protects Northwest spinach seed from crippling disease

WSU scientist protects Northwest spinach seed from crippling disease

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In the Pacific Northwest, spinach seed is a tiny crop with huge value. And it’s in big trouble. Northwest farmers grow the seeds that fuel…

Breeding grains that grow communities, Bread Lab’s Jones earns Pellegrini Award

Breeding grains that grow communities, Bread Lab’s Jones earns Pellegrini Award

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At the Bread Lab, Washington State University researcher Stephen Jones helps Pacific Northwest farmers, chefs, bakers and distillers get more out of their grains—more flavor,…

Rwanda raised, WSU/Cougar trained

Rwanda raised, WSU/Cougar trained

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Esther Rugoli grew up on a subsistence farm in Rwanda with 11 brothers and sisters. She’s now at WSU to learn how to help feed…

Flury protects crops, environment as first Gaylon S. Campbell Distinguished Professor

Flury protects crops, environment as first Gaylon S. Campbell Distinguished Professor

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New role refines our understanding of how plants interact with the environment

Clif Bar & Company and King Arthur Flour Announce $1.5 Million Organic Endowment for Washington State University’s Bread Lab

Clif Bar & Company and King Arthur Flour Announce $1.5 Million Organic Endowment for Washington State University’s Bread Lab

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  EMERYVILLE, Calif. (Jan. 31, 2018) – Clif Bar & Company and the King Arthur Flour Company today announced the funding of a $1.5 million…

John Peters named fellow by American Academy of Microbiology

John Peters named fellow by American Academy of Microbiology

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John Peters named a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology, his second Fellow honor.

André-Denis Girard Wright named dean

André-Denis Girard Wright named dean

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André-Denis Girard Wright, an internationally recognized researcher, has been named dean of WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS).

McCluskey named Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association

McCluskey named Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association

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From nutrition to the environment to women in STEM, Dr. Jill McCluskey explores how information, incentives, and perceptions change markets and the world. “Perceptions and…

Teaching life skills key for award winning WSU educator

Teaching life skills key for award winning WSU educator

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Human Development professor Debbie Handy received the first ever Washington Family and Consumer Sciences Education Teacher Educator of the Year award in 2017 for her…

WSU scientist’s species discovery helps save colorful peony from ugly disease

WSU scientist’s species discovery helps save colorful peony from ugly disease

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Andrea Garfinkel, a fall WSU Plant Pathology grad, is helping Northwest peony farmers put a stop to a pervasive pest.

WSU alum awarded for career working to end hunger and malnutrition

WSU alum awarded for career working to end hunger and malnutrition

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WSU recently honored alum and former professor Thomas Lumpkin with the Alumni Achievement Award for his career working to end global hunger and malnutrition.

CBS Sunday Morning highlights Cosmic Crisp

CBS Sunday Morning highlights Cosmic Crisp

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Exploring the heritage and future of apples, journalist Mo Rocca featured the highly anticipated Cosmic CrispTM apple on CBS Sunday Morning. Rocca visited orchards in…

Seeds of knowledge: Researchers explore genetic secrets of plant growth

Seeds of knowledge: Researchers explore genetic secrets of plant growth

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Fundamental research sheds light on how genes, hormones help plants grow