Partners in advancing wheat, barley research for growers

  Continuing our ongoing partnership in support of Northwest grain growers, André-Denis Wright, Dean of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, joined members of the Washington Grain Commission in Spokane this month for their fall board meeting and lunch. In his first meeting with the full board since joining CAHNRS June 1, […]

Wright, left, and Bailey clasp hands in front of a screen reading "Washington Grain Commission."

Pregame event shows off craft beers using local ingredients

WSU and LINC Malthouse present Home Grown Malts, a showcase of craft beers made with regionally grown and malted grains, Saturday September 15 in the Hollingbery Fieldhouse from 2-5 p.m. Each participating brewer will be pouring beers made with Palouse-grown barley, several featuring Lyon barley. Lyon barley was specially bred for making beer, bringing more […]

WSU-bred barleys delivering unique Northwest beer flavors

Crunchy kernels of barley tumble from Joel Williamson’s hands as he scoops them up, offering a taste. “This is a first: The inaugural batch of Lyon malt,” says Williamson, head maltster at Spokane-based craft malting company LINC Malt. “This is really good,” replies customer Heath Barnes, popping a few grains into his mouth. Commercial malts […]

WSU researcher Kevin Murphy examines golden barley growing tall in a greenhouse.

WSU Scientists First to Characterize Barley Plant-Stem Rust Spore ‘Communication’, Clone Genes to Build Stem Rust Resistance

PULLMAN, Wash. – Traditional thought holds that a disease-causing organism has to penetrate a plant to initiate resistance. Now, two Washington State University scientists have established that a barley plant recognizes an invader and begins to marshal its defenses within five minutes of an attack. The discovery, along with the scientists’ successful cloning of barley’s […]