Disrupting mealybug mating may help protect vineyards from grapevine leafroll disease

Prosser, WA – The grape mealybug has plagued Washington wine grape growers for decades. Researchers at Washington State University are launching a study with synthetic sex pheromones to disrupt mealybug mating—and, hopefully, the damage mealybugs…

Two hands hold dark purple wine grapes with white ooze indicating a mealy bug infection.

WSU student lands FFAR Fellowship to support viticulture research, professional development

Horticulture doctoral candidate Alexa McDaniel has been awarded a Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) Fellowship, which will support her growth as a leader and professional, while fostering the connection between WSU and the…

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Vicki McCracken honored as WSU Faculty Woman of Distinction

Lauded for her role as a teacher, advisor, mentor, and leader over her decades-long career at WSU, Vicki McCracken was named Faculty Woman of Distinction for the 2021 academic year. Out of nearly 100 nominations, six women were honored at WSU’s Women of Distinction awards ceremony on April 16. Now in its 15th year, the […]

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Wild Washington yeast may hold key to reducing sugar content in wine

Creating wine is a balancing act between the quality of harvested grapes and the types of microorganisms that ferment grape juice. Too much sugar during the fermentation process means too much alcohol in the final…

Purple grapes hang from a green vine on a sunny day in a Washington vineyard.

WSU project aims to support rural youth experiencing COVID stress

Kits with supplies like stress balls, fidgets, and noise cancelling headphones will be sent to 600 young people in rural Washington to use when they are stressed during remote learning. A survey commissioned by the National 4-H Council found that 70% of youth in the U.S. are struggling with their mental health in the wake […]

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WSU student honors lost friends through fashion

Tragedy changed the path of Jansen Garside, taking him from uncertainty to his true creative calling. A 2021 graduate of Washington State University’s Department of Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles, Garside chose a career in design after the deaths of several close friends put life in deeper perspective. He honors their memories in part through […]

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University students create new wine for auction to benefit WSU Viticulture & Enology

An exclusive wine created by seniors of the WSU wine science program will be available for purchase at this month’s Auction of Washington Wines Private Barrel Auction for wine traders, April 19 and 20. Currently aging in French oak barrels, the wine is a red blend featuring 60% Petit Verdot, 25% Cabernet Sauvignon, and 15% […]

Statewide project underway to assess public perception of the Washington State Patrol

If you live in Washington and have been in contact with a member of the Washington State Patrol (WSP) in the last two years, you might be invited to participate in a survey designed to better understand interactions between state troopers and the public. Washington State University’s Division of Governmental Studies and Services (DGSS) is […]

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WSU women reflect on academic accomplishments, challenges to overcome

International Women’s Day celebrates the social, economic, and cultural achievements of women. It is a moment to look back on the strides that women have made in achieving gender parity and equality, and a look ahead to how far they still have to go. For the 2021 observance of International Women’s Day on March 8, […]

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