2015 News Archive

  • Can Mushrooms Save the Honey Bee? February 17, 2015 By Sylvia Kantor, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. – Research by a Washington State University bee scientist and a mushroom farmer indicates that extracts from the fungus might help honey bees fight off disease and parasites. One experiment involves a prototype beehive made from mushrooms. Read the complete…
  • Call for Proposals Norm Ehmann Urban Pest Management Award July 2015   Request for proposals: Researchers or educators involved with urban pest management problems which occur in the Pacific Northwest are invited to apply.  Research may be conducted outside the Northwest if it involves pests that also occur in the Northwest, like bed bugs. Purpose: This endowment was…
  • WSU receives $2.7 million to research costly potato threat By Scott Weybright, College of Agricultural, Human & Natural Resource Sciences PULLMAN, Wash. - Zebra chip disease, caused by a bacterium carried by insects, can ruin a potato crop; but little is known about where it comes from and how it can be avoided. Thanks to a nearly $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of…
  • Beekeepers are now ‘farmers’ in Washington State By Linda Weiford, WSU News PULLMAN, Wash. – A new law that defines Washington’s commercial beekeepers as farmers will enable the state to better reap the benefits of healthy bee populations while boosting a critical profession, according to a bee expert at Washington State University. “Beekeepers’ work is similar in concept to managing tiny livestock,”…
  • Among Xmas lights and garland . . . bugs? By Linda Weiford, WSU News PULLMAN, Wash. – Give your Christmas tree a good shake before carrying it indoors. If not, you’ll probably transport holiday hitchhikers straight into your living room. It’s not usual for ...
  • Why do bees make hexagons in their hives? Why not any other shape? Ask DrUniverse Dear Aditya, When bees make hexagons in their hives, the six-sided shapes fit together perfectly. In fact, we’ve actually never seen bees make any other shape. That’s what I found out when I visited ...