The Washington State University Viticulture and Enology Program and the Washington State Wine Commission welcomed the wine and grape industry to their new Ste. Michelle Wine Estates WSU Wine Science Center on Friday, June 5, to celebrate the grand opening.
The wine industry has played a major role in funding the new facility and will continue recommending research funding priorities for the program.
Comprehensive Effort to Create Sustainable Fertilizers Phosphorus recycled from human and animal waste for plant fertilizer could ease demand for the dwindling, increasingly expensive rock-mined element. Scientists at WSU have found plants flourish with struvite, a waste ingredient composed of magnesium, nitrogen, and phosphorous. Teamed with Multiform Harvest, a Seattle phosphorous recovery company, the researchers […]
Thrips may be tiny, but the insects cause billions of dollars in damage to crops each year, which is why Washington State University is part of a five-year, $3.75 million project to study the insects’ role in virus transmission and strategies for pest management.
PULLMAN, Wash.—The irony probably wasn’t lost on Washington State University food engineer Juming Tang. Tang recently opened a bottle of lotus seeds to put in soup and smelled mold, a telltale sign that insect pests had already begun eating without him. Larvae hatched from eggs laid in the seeds create a moist environment for the […]
YAKIMA, Wash.—Warmer weather means more travel and a higher likelihood of picking up unwanted hitchhikers—bed bugs. Washington State University Extension has just published a fact sheet to help individuals and families recognize and manage bed bugs, both at home and while on the road.
PROSSER, Wash.—The California Sister has “fangs” as a caterpillar that it bares when disturbed. In its juvenile form, it also builds piers from its own dung on the leaves it feeds on to rest and possibly to avoid small insect predators. The hardy Coronis Fritillary migrates up to 200 miles from low to high elevations […]
PROSSER, Wash. — Fueled by a $1.2 million USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative grant, Washington State University has mobilized a large interdisciplinary team of scientists and Extension educators to try to beat back the rapid encroachment of spotted wing drosophila.