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April 10, 2017


Weizhen Liu, a crop science Ph.D. student, was a recipient of the Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum Early Career Award from the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative.

Stephen Taylor, a soil science Ph.D. student, was among the first cohorts chosen for the PNNL-WSU Distinguished Graduate Research Program. WSU News article “First Cohort Chosen for PNNL-WSU Graduate Research”

Lynne Carpenter-Boggs has been selected for a 2017-2018 Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to Malawi.

Samantha Beck, mentored by Shantel A. Martinez in the Camille M Steber Lab, was awarded the Crimson Award during the 2017 SURCA in Molecular, Cellular, and Chemical Biology on Identification of a locus corresponding to the Enhanced Response to Abscisic acid, ERA8, gene of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.)”.

Bill Pan was just chosen as the Soil Science Society of America President-Elect.

Henry Simtim was selected as a recipient for a GPSA Award of Excellence for his contributions as a Research Assistant.



The Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems now has a Facebook page. The Lind Dryland Research Station also has a Facebook page.


Annual meeting shares oilseed research, changes
The annual meeting of the WSU-based Washington Oilseed Cropping Systems (WOCS) Project was held Thursday, Feb. 23, at Pullman. Research and Extension reports were presented by all WOCS faculty and students, along with the latest findings from their oilseed projects that range from fallow weed control to canola variety trials.

Jim Moyer, CAHNRS Associate Dean of Research, spoke about the importance of state-funded projects such as WOCS and connecting to extramural funding. Crop and Soil Sciences Chair Rich Koenig announced that after 10 years of leading the WOCS team, Professor Bill Pan will be handing the reins over to Professor and Plant Pathology Chair Scot Hulbert to lead the research side, with Karen Sowers continuing to lead the outreach effort. The afternoon was devoted to gathering input from the 20 invited producers, industry, and the oilseed team from University of Idaho to help shape future WOCS endeavors based largely on collaborative projects. Presentations from the meeting are posted on the WOCS website.


Canola efforts represented in D.C.
With a significant increase in acres of canola expected in Washington state and the Pacific Northwest this year, representation at the national level is important for continued funding of canola research projects and connections to the national industry.

Karen Sowers, research associate with the WSU Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, and Jack Brown, professor at the University of Idaho, attended the U.S. Canola Association Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. in February along with long-time Ralston canola producer Curtis Hennings. Sowers provided 2017 canola acreage estimates and production potential for the Pacific Northwest.

Brown gave presentations about a USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture canola research project funded via the National Canola Research Program that includes WSU faculty members Aaron Esser, Bill Pan, and Sowers. Board members made Congressional visits to Senator Patty Murray and Representatives Dan Newhouse and Cathy McMorris Rodgers to share priorities on 2017 policy and the 2018 Farm Bill.



Crop and Soil Science Seminars
Johnson Hall 343, 1:10-3:00 p.m.

April 10 – Student Seminars
Yuanhong Song, Soil Science M.S. Student
“Modeling the Soil Carbon Spatial Variability at Field Scale on the Palouse”
Jeffrey Boehm, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
“Classification of Soft Durum Wheat (Triticum turgidum subsp. durum) and Genetic Analysis of End-Use Quality Traits in Hard Red Spring Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) Using a GBS Approach”
Ian Clark
“Aiming for Perennial Wheat: Can Studying Root Systems Identify Key Traits for Perenniality?”


April 17 – Student Seminars
Kristofor Ludvigson, Crop Science M.S. Student
“The Effect of White Chinese Geese on Weed Densities in Certified Organic Quinoa Production”
Julianne Kellogg, Crop Science M.S. Student
“Evolutionary Participatory Quinoa Breeding for Organic Agroecosystems in the Pacific Northwest”
Dylan Larkin, Crop Science M.S. Student
“Comparison of Greenhouse and Field Rating Systems for Fusarium Crown Rot in Winter Wheat”
Eva Erdayani, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
“Identification and Expressional Profiling of HSP101/CLPB Family in Bread Wheat”


April 24 – Student Seminars
Nathan Stacey, Soil Science Ph.D. Student
“Composted Biosolids: A Nutrient Substitute for Golf Course Fairways?”
Esraa Alalwan, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
“Fenoxaprop-p-ethyl Metabolism Knockouts”
Colin Curwen-McAdams, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
“Developing Perennial Grain Crops from Wheat”
Wiharti Purba, Crop Science M.S. Student
“Biology and Control of Broadleaf Dock”


Journal Cancellation Discussion
April 13, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Terrell Library, 20E


CSS Faculty Meeting
May 3, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
104E Johnson Hall



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