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Grants help CAHNRS researchers use fungi to save bees, protect pollinators, water

Posted by struscott | July 6, 2018
WSU entomologist's photo of a colorful red beetle crawling on a pink leaf.
WSU entomologists work to increase our understanding of how insects adapt and evolve, affect crops, environment and people.

Researchers in CAHNRS’ Department of Entomology recently won more than $640,000 in grants funding their work developing fungi that protect bees from deadly mites, connecting with peers to protect our watersheds, fight invasive stinkbugs, and more.

  • Professor Walter Sheppard, postdoctoral researchers Nicholas Naeger and Jennifer Han and Plant Pathology Chair Lori Carris received $259,998 from the Whittier Trust and WWS Foundation to develop novel strains of the fungus Metarhizium for Varroa mite control.
  • John Stark, director of the Washington Stormwater Center, and Tanyalee Erwin, WSU Puyallup research associate faculty member, received $141,252 from the City of SeaTac and Washington Department of Ecology for the 2019 Washington Statewide Municipal Stormwater Conference.
  • Professor Elizabeth Beers received $93,000 from the Washington Tree Fruit Commission for controls of brown marmorated stinkbugs in Washington.
  • Professor Vince Jones received a $75,032 grant from the Washington Tree Fruit Commission to work on development and validation of a precision pollinator model, helping farmers more efficiently pollinate their crops.
  • Assistant Professor Dave Crowder, postdoctoral researcher Robert Schaeffer, and Extension and Outreach Specialist Karen Sowers received $73,356 from USDA-NIFA’s Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program for work exploring interactions between pollinators and canola on the Palouse.