Latest WSU guides tighten pear irrigation, shed light on wheat, buckwheat production

WSU scientists share free guides monthly that help Pacific Northwest agriculture and home growers. The latest online publications offer irrigation tips and evaluation for pear growers, review past production at WSU’s Wilke Farm as well as buckwheat west of the Cascades, and share scientifically sound approaches to home-garden companion plants. Buckwheat Production West of the […]

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World-renowned Italian pomologist to fill endowed research chair at WSU

WENATCHEE, Wash. – Stefano Musacchi, an internationally recognized leader in pomology (the science of fruit and fruit growing), will join the faculty at Washington State University in August 2013 as the endowed chair in tree fruit physiology/management. The chair is funded by the state’s apple and pear growers through their historic partnership with WSU by investing […]

Apple, cherry growers asked to respond to important survey to inform researchers about IPM and orchard characteristics

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Tree fruit growers in Washington, Michigan and New York will be receiving a survey from Haley Consulting Services asking growers about their horticultural practices and orchard characteristics. Responding to the survey is critical, as growers’ responses will help guide the Solid Set Canopy Delivery System for Apples and Cherries, a two-year, USDA-funded […]

Washington Apple, Pear Growers Approve $27 Million Special Project Assessment to Support WSU Research, Extension; Largest Gift in WSU History

PULLMAN, Wash. – Apple and pear growers throughout the state have agreed to make a historic investment of $27 million over the next eight years to support tree fruit research and extension at Washington State University. It is the largest single gift in the university’s history. “A gift of this magnitude is truly transformational,” said […]

Tree Fruit, Clean Plants, Gardens for Kids

High-throughput Technologies Get Fruit Breeders’ Juices Flowing Scientists in Washington State University’s horticultural genomics program are the first to routinely provide DNA information to their colleagues in tree fruit breeding programs to assist with the development of new apple varieties. The genes associated with desirable traits have traditionally been comparable to needles in a haystack, […]

WSU Researcher Maps the Tree Fruit Genome Mosaic

PULLMAN, Wash. — Better apples, peaches, pears and cherries at market sooner. That is one benefit of research by Washington State University bioinformaticist Dorrie Main. Piece by piece, Main is mapping the DNA mosaic of the rosaceous family, which includes Washington’s largest crop – apples – and other tree fruit as well as cherries, peaches, […]