The Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University serves the Land Grant tradition by offering nationally competitive undergraduate and graduate education programs, conducting fundamental and applied plant and soil research, and extending the science of our disciplines to serve the public. Read more
New farm bill helps WSU support Washington agriculture
PULLMAN, Wash. – Consistent, increased funding for Washington State University’s research on tree fruit, clean energy, vegetables and other specialty crops, as well as increased support for the National Clean Plant Network, are just several vital components of the farm bill signed by President Obama today that will strengthen WSU’s ability to support and stimulate the state’s food and wine industries. (Read more)
PUMA Soft White Winter Wheat
Otto Soft White Winter Wheat
Otto is a soft white common wheat developed and released (Read more)
WSU tapped as center of research hub on biojet fuel
Washington State University has been named a co-leader of a new national consortium to find ways to shrink airlines’ environmental footprints even as more people take up jet travel. Read more
Celiac-safe Wheat Strains
Researchers at Washington State University are ‘very close’ to developing celiac-safe wheat strains, says lead project researcher Diter von Wettstein. Read more
Gluten-Free Wheat, Plant Microbiology, Economic Optimism
Researchers explore new perennial wheat species
Washington State University researcher will travel to Rome in a few weeks to explore the possibilities of a new perennial wheat species.
Stephen Jones, director of the WSU Research and Extension Center in Mount Vernon, Wash., will attend a United Nations-sponsored three-day meeting on perennial wheat.
The new species is part of Jones’ long-running work to develop a perennial wheat.
WSU trial finds no GM wheat among NW varieties
A special test of wheat varieties from around the region showed none were genetically modified for herbicide resistance, Washington State University researchers say.
The test included 50 commercially grown varieties from WSU, the University of Idaho and Oregon State University, including new WSU varieties, and 24 varieties from WestBred/Monsanto and Limagrain Cereal Seeds.
Idaho, Washington growers alerted about lentil blight
A new Spanish brown lentil variety that has the potential to increase yields in the Pacific Northwest is also proving susceptible to a disease that can significantly reduce yields.
Researchers are alerting farmers who planted the new lentil cultivar Morena to be on the lookout for stemphylium blight, which can result in lentil plants being defoliated.
“Anyone who grows Morena lentils should be carefully watching for the disease,” said Weidong Chen, a plant pathologist with the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service office in Pullman, Wash. pdf
Organic Agriculture and Farming Systems
Cereal Variety Testing Program 2013 Preliminary Data
Stripe Rust Alerts