WSU weed scientist returns to Scotland for ‘superfruit’ study with UK berry breeders

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. – When Washington State University weed scientist Tim Miller teamed up with fruit researchers in the United Kingdom last summer, he was hoping to learn how weeds affect the quality and nutritional value of raspberries. He will travel to the James Hutton Institute in Invergowrie, Scotland for a second year of berry […]

Raspberry Fumigation, Oil Seed Case Studies – WSU’s On Solid Ground, June 6, 2012

With Raspberry Fumigation, Less May Be More Less fumigant may actually improve raspberry crops, as an ongoing study by Washington State University small fruits horticulturalist Thomas Walters indicates. Raspberry growers typically use broadcast fumigation to deal with root lesion nematodes and root rot, but increasing Environmental Protection Agency restrictions inspired Walters to research alternative methods. […]

Plant Communication, Raspberry Future, Orchard Efficiency

Plant Communication Breakthrough 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 […]

Methyl Bromide Alternatives, Raspberries

WSU Researchers Investigate Alternatives to Methyl Bromide Safe, cheap, and effective alternatives for methyl bromide, long sought by nursery seedling growers and other farmers, may be on the horizon. Ongoing research at Washington State University into antifungal plant species and a diagnostic test could help growers phase out their use of methyl bromide, a soil […]