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Posted by | May 18, 2010

In the news:

Monday’s Bellingham Herald And Wednesday’s Tri-city Herald included WSU’s announcement of creation of a multidisciplinary team headed by Doug Walsh and Lynell Tanigoshi to address the problem of spotted wing drosophila.

A news release from the National Science Foundation issued Wednesday announced the awarding of 15 grants to address agricultural problems in developing countries including one to a team including WSU to research genes to increase wheat yields under drought stress.

The National Science Foundation website posted a video with Michael Neff discussing his research on how plants adapt their growth and development to variations in light.

An article in Monday’s Western Farm Press reported on the research of Lindsay DuToit in collaboration with the University of California on the spread of Verticulum wilt in California’s lettuce crops.

A Friday news release about the upcoming Total Packaging and Processing 2010 conference announced that Juming Tang’s microwave food sterilization process is the keynote topic for the conference.

Daily Olympian columnist John Dodge on Sunday wrote about the AgWeatherNet system and plans for its expansion (second item).

An editorial in Tuesday’s Tri-City Herald supportive of a local high school viticulture program references the importance of the WSU Viticulture and Enology Program to the future of the state’s wine industry.

A story in the Pacific Northwest Inlander (Spokane) about the passing of genetic traits in humans quotes Michael Skinner and describes his research.

Tuesday’s Vancouver Columbian reported that a $100,000 grant from the WSU Extension Energy Program will be combined with Recovery Act and other funding to help a Clark County semiconductor plant improve energy efficiency.

The Daily Astorian on Wednesday included a story on today’s 4-H programs, including references to a number of Washington 4-H clubs and programs.

Wednesday’s Sequim Gazette featured a story on Gov. Gregoire declaring Master Gardeners Week.

Monday’s Yakima Herald-Republic reported that former Marketing & News Services intern Bethany Carpenter has been named Executive Director of the Toppenish Chamber of Commerce.

In this week’s Capital Press:

“Grant bolsters war against new pest”

“Stripe rust found”

“Cold weather discolors Zerpha, but crop recovering”–Tim-Murray-mugs

“Prototype drills prep for tests”–sidebar

News Releases:

“WSU Works with Multi-State Team to Combat Spotted Wing Drosophila”