Plant Biosciences

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 […]

Vogel Building Naming Ceremony Sept. 15

Pullman, Wash. – Washington State University’s plant biosciences building officially will be named the Orville A. Vogel Plant Biosciences Building at a public ceremony scheduled for 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 15, inside the northwest entrance. Vogel served as a USDA Agriculture Research Service scientist and a WSU faculty member from 1931 to 1972. He and […]

Faculty Productivity Survey Ranks WSU Plant, Animal Scientists Among Top in Nation

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University scientists conducting research on plants and animals are among the most productive in the nation, according to a survey measuring faculty scholarly productivity published recently in The Chronicle for Higher Education. WSU plant scientists were ranked the fifth most productive in the United States. WSU’s zoology program ranked No.10 […]

Small Plants Loom Large: WSU Researchers Find a Key to Plant Growth

PULLMAN, Wash. — Waist-high corn stalks laden with full-size ears; squash plants that don’t sprawl over half your yard; a miniature tomato plant offering hefty red fruits to astronauts weary of freeze-dried food: these are just a few of the possibilities raised by new research at Washington State University. Lead investigator B.W. (Joe) Poovaiah and […]