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Posted by | October 26, 2010

On Friday National Public Radio aired an interview with Kulvinder Gill about his efforts to identify a new dwarfing gene for drought-resistant wheat.

A story on Thursday on National Public Radio reported on a study appearing in the journal Nature on genetic inheritance includes comments from Michael Skinner about how epigenetic research is changing the view of genetics.

In a column in Saturday’s News Tribune (Tacoma) the author discusses meeting Orville Vogel at WSU and Vogel’s role in the Green Revolution.

Tuesday’s Longview Daily News reported on this year’s poor cranberry harvest because of the cool summer, with comments from Kim Patten on the development of new varieties that are less weather sensitive.

A news release issued by the Entomological Foundation on Wednesday announced their 2010 award winners including WSU postdoctoral associate David Crowder who received the Henry and Sylvia Richardson research grant.

A story in Thursday’s Spokesman Review reported on a workshop being held by Diana Roberts on combating noxious weeds and her efforts to recruit volunteers to help control them in open spaces and public lands in Spokane.

A news release from the University of California, Davis, announced that noted bee breeder and geneticist Susan Cobey has accepted a dual appointment and will now split her time between UC Davis and WSU.

An article in Wednesday’s News Tribune (Tacoma) about how weather affects flea populations quotes Dave Pehling discussing flea behavior and control.

Friday’s Indian Country Today reported on a series of workshops by New Mexico State University on hoop house construction for gardeners and small-acreage producers funded by a grant from the WSU Center for Risk Management Education.

A story posted Thursday on Yahoo’s Live Science website about the director of the state Potato Commission going on a potatoes-only diet for two months includes comments from Barry Swanson on nutritional issues with the diet.

The garden column in Saturday’s San Francisco Chronicle about growing dry-farmed tomatoes includes comments from Linda Chalker-Scott and provides a link to an article she wrote about using dust mulches.

In this week’s Capital Press:

“Dreaded pest later than expected”–2-photos

“Drought resistance priority rises”

“Washington cranberry growers harvest cool crop”

Aired last week by the N.W. Ag Information Network:

“Small fruit”

“Getting the scoop on energy”

“Managing cereal rye”

“Sustainable small acre farming”

News Releases:

“Washington State 4-H Inducts Four into Hall of Fame, Outstanding County Volunteers Also Honored for Service to Youth”

“‘Bee’ Part of the Solution – Become a Master Beekeeper”