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CAHNRS News – November 16, 2012

Posted by | November 16, 2012

CAHNRS News – November 16, 2012

Who is this Mysterious Man?

We already know that the man on the right is Clarence (aka Bud) Ryan, the renowned plant microbiologist who transformed our understanding of plant defense mechanisms. But who is the man with him? And why are they studying these plants? And what are the instruments on the shelves behind them?

WSU CAHNRS is seeking your help in cataloging its photo archive. We are scanning hundreds of old slides, negatives, and prints to put online. To help us identify the contents of this and many more images, please see

Employment Notes

Dr. Jim Harsh has been appointed as chair of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences effective January 1, 2013. Harsh, a long-time CSS faculty member, will work with Rich Koenig, the outgoing CSS chair, to ensure a smooth transition.

Stefano Musacchi, an internationally recognized leader in pomology (the science of fruit and fruit growing), will join the faculty at Washington State University in August 2013 as the endowed chair in tree fruit physiology/management. The chair is funded by the state’s apple and pear growers through their historic partnership with WSU by investing $27 million to expand tree fruit research and extension as part of the Campaign for WSU. Read More »

One of the world’s leading experts in tree fruit horticulture extension, Desmond R. Layne, is joining the faculty at WSU. Layne is the first endowed chair funded by the historic $27 million investment by Washington State tree fruit growers to the Campaign for Tree Fruit. Read more »

CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Awards

Please consider acknowledging those among us who have made extraordinary efforts to contribute to the CAHNRS experience. The deadline for nominations to the CAHNRS Advising, Extension, Research, Staff, Teaching, and Team Awards is Thursday, December 6. See details at


Free Film and Panel, Sponsored by CSANR: American Meat
At Smith CUE, Saturday, Nov. 17. American Meat shows the difficulties of the US livestock industry and a new kind of farmer that is saving themselves and the land. See the film at 4:30 p.m., hear a producer panel discussion at 6:00 p.m., and have refreshments with local meat vendors from 6:30-7 p.m. For details, contact Lynne Carpenter-Boggs,

Webinar: Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Pacific Northwest
Presented by Georgine Yorgey, Research Associate, WSU CSANR, Thursday, November 29, 10:00 -11: 00 a.m. at See Details »

Horticulture department invited speaker: Todd Einhorn, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University, Thursday, November 29 at 1:25 in FSHN T-101, Pullman, and via AMS. Einhorn specializes in tree fruit physiology.

Michele Wiseman, Plant Pathology M.S. seminar, Investigating Prospects of Using Trichoderma Gene HSP70 to Increase Fungal Pathogen and Abiotic Stress Resistance in Arabidopsis, Monday, November 26 at 4:10 p.m. in Johnson Hall 343. (WECN Dial-up #:5776907)

WSU Tukey Horticulture Orchard Fruit Sales
Fridays, 12 Noon – 6 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., through December 22. ”Already picked” produce available. More details »

Plant Sensor Phenomic Candidate Seminars

Dr. Yufeng Ge from College Station, Texas will present a seminar entitled: “Sensor Systems in Agricultural and Biological Applications,” Monday, November 26, 10:00-11:00 a.m. in Hulbert 409. See Details »

Dr. YS James Kim from West Layfette, Indiana., will present a seminar entitled: “Plant Sensing for Intelligent Agriculture,” Tuesday, Nov. 27 2:30-3:30 p.m. in Hulbert 409. See Details »

Dr. Sindhuja Sankaran from Lake Alfred, Florida will present a seminar entitled: “Advancing Sensing Technologies for Crop Phenotype Monitoring,” Wednesday, Nov. 28 from 2:15-3:15 p.m. in Hulbert 409. See Details »

Jean Burton from Eddie Bauer will be giving two presentations on how to set up a professional LinkedIN account on Monday, November 26.  Session 1 runs from 1:10 to 1:55 p.m. and Session 2 runs from 3:10 to 3:55 p.m. Both sessions will be held in KMAC 53.

Ceil Kullman will be visiting AMDT on Thursday, November 29.  She will be giving a presentation on how the cost of cotton impacts product development.  Her presentation will be in KMAC 53 from 12:10 to 1:00 p.m.

Sustainable Food, Agriculture & Natural Resources Symposium
Join CSANR on December 6th, 2012 to look back on the history, celebrate the achievements, and engage with scientists on current research questions. Free of charge. All are welcome!
See the agenda and information on travel scholarships and the poster session at


Surachet Aramrak, Ph.D. Student in the department of Crop and Soil Sciences, has won the Poster and Lightning Oral Presentation Student Competition of the Soil Physics Section at the Annual Meeting of the Soil Science Society of America in Cincinnati this October. His presentation was entitled “Colloid Detachment by a Moving Air-Water Interface: Effect of Particle Shapes.”

WSU Mount Vernon Hosts World’s Largest Hard Cider Tasting

Cider from Around the World, a special cider tasting, was held at WSU Mount Vernon NWREC, in cooperation with the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT), on November 12, 2012 . Researchers Will McClatchey and Dave Reedy from BRIT have traveled the world collecting ciders, and presented 300 different ciders from 14 countries, including France, England, Spain, Germany, Mexico, and Australia as well as the U.S. and Canada. This was an unofficial world record for the largest (by variety) hard cider tasting. The purpose was to present cider makers, both professional and amateur, an opportunity to sample a wide diversity of ciders and evaluate their characteristics. Carol Miles, WSU Horticulture Extension Specialist, hosted the event, which was attended by some 60 participants from around the Puget Sound region.

Recent News Releases

World-renowned Italian pomologist to fill endowed research chair at WSU
Will your trees survive the storms? WSU Extension offers workshop to reduce, manage wind damage to trees
Everything in a season: WSU summary shows October weather anything but constant
Registration open for 2013 WSU dairy short courses
James Harsh is new chair of WSU Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
Bring on the Bugs: Insects Are Part of Menu at Class Event Nov. 9
WSU hires world leader in tree fruit horticulture extension

All our news releases are archived at

New in CAHNRS e-Newsletters

The Nov. 7 issue of On Solid Ground has stories on drought resistance research, the hiring of Desmond Layne, and the Spiiner Corporation’s gift. Read more at

The Nov. 15 issue of Voice of the Vine has a feature about the student winemaking project, an update on the Wine Science Center, and more at


CAHNRS News is archived at