Identifying grapevine fungi may help fight trunk diseases

Researchers at Washington State University have documented seven fungal species that cause cankers in grapevines. Fungi infect the wood of grapevine trunks (or cordons) through pruning wounds, resulting in cankers that enlarge over time and ultimately kill the plant. These new findings could reduce the incidence of grapevine trunk disease in Washington vineyards by preventing the problem before it becomes widespread.

A Renaissance of Grain in Western Washington

WSU’s Bread Lab in Mt Vernon is ushering in a renaissance of grain. Scientists are working alongside bakers to create new wheat varieties using traditional breeding techniques that reflect the climate, soil, and topography, or terroir, of Skagit Valley. As part of the wheat breeding program, the grains are bred and tested for suitability in artisan breads, pastry, and pasta. The Bread Lab is at the core of an emerging local grain economy in western Washington.

A renaissance of barley in western Washington

Using traditional breeding techniques, scientists at Washington State University are developing barley varieties with qualities that are sought after for making malted barley – the staple ingredient of beer and whiskey.

New center helps students develop a competitive edge

Getting job-ready just got easier for students with the addition of a new WSU Center. On February 13, the university Faculty Senate voted unanimously to bestow official WSU Center status on the Center for Transformational Learning and Leadership (CTLL).

Christmas tree travels for science too

How long does it take the nation’s most celebrated Christmas tree to travel from Washington State to Washington, D.C.? The answer is 25 long cold days—with a few diversions.

WSU CAHNRS Greenhouse Expansion

Washington State University’s plant science research is at the heart of some of our biggest issues as a society: responding to climate change, growing enough food and the challenges of protecting that food from pests and pathogens. WSU’s endeavor to address these issues stems from its land-grant heritage and tradition of service to society.