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March 27, 2017


Weizhen Liu, a postdoctoral research associate, 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.

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


Abstracts for submission in the 2017 Field Day Abstracts are due to Samantha Crow by April 7.


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.

March 27 – Student Seminars
Stephen Taylor, Soil Science M.S. Student
“Cosmetic Microbeads and Silver Nanoparticles in Wastewater, Biosolids, and Soil”
Muhammad Khan, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
“Promoter Characterization and Protein Identification of the Ph1 Gene that Regulates Chromosome Pairing in Wheat (Triticum aestivum)”
Caleb Squires, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
“Fenoxaprop-p-ethyl Metabolism Knockouts”

April 3 – Student Seminars
Bikash Ghimire, Crop Science M.S. Student
“In situ Imaging of Root System Architecture to Improve Drought Tolerance and Yield in Spring Wheat”
John Spring, Crop Science Ph.D. Student
“Diversity of Russian-thistle (Salsola tragus L.) in the Inland Pacific Northwest”

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?”


EARThS Conference
Perspecitves on the Past, Present, and Future of Environmental Issues
April 1
CUE 518
Keynote Address: Dr. Dan Spencer, University of Montana


CSS Faculty Meeting
April 19, 3:00-5:00 p.m.
104E Johnson Hall

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