Native Plants in the Vineyard: Enhancing Ecosystems

Robin Dobson and Kathleen Perillo know they will have succeeded in designing a resilient farming system when the Western Meadowlark returns to nest under their grapevines. At Klickitat Canyon and Columbia Gorge Winery and Meadowlark Vineyard in the Columbia River Gorge near Lyle, Washington, restoring native habitat is front and center.On a warm, sunny Earth… » More ...

Graduate Students

New Graduate Student Orientation is set for August 13, 2013, in the CUB Ballroom.  This will run from 9 AM – 4:00 PM. You can register at:  http://gradsch.wsu.edu/CurrentStudents/FallOrientation/ Graduate students appointed Fall Semester will need to complete their Responsible Research Training by September 30th.  To take the training go here: https://myresearch.wsu.edu/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fAvailableTraining.aspx%3faction%3dviewsite%26siteid%3d1000&action=viewsite&siteid=1000 and enter your network… » More ...

The Good Mite Fight

June 19, 2013 | On Solid Ground, CAHNRS | by Bob Hoffman Dealing with mites in orchards is tricky business. Some of these tiny arthropods—barely, or not even visible to the human eye—suck juice from leaves, insidiously sapping plant vigor. Other species of mites are actually an orchardist’s friends, feeding on the pest mites and… » More ...

Saving Honey Bees

June 11, 2013 | On Solid Ground, CAHNRS | by Bob Hoffman Honey bees face a lot of challenges, according to Steve Sheppard, professor of entomology at WSU. Invasive mites can sap a brood’s strength and vector viruses. Pesticides can build up in the brood comb and gradually weaken the bees. And while the agricultural… » More ...

Scholarship Winners

Natalie Boyle (Walsh) received the Robert and Mary Lou Harwood “Student of the Year” Award, in honor of her work with alfalfa pollinators. Amanda Meadows (Snyder/Owen) received the Entomology Support Fund “Research” Award, to support her work on the community ecology of mosquitoes. Amber Vinchesi (Lavine/Walsh) received the Howard and Hermina Hallgarth “Paper of the… » More ...

Honey Bee Semen Bank

June 6, 2013 | WSU News, CAHNRS | by Bob Hoffman PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University researchers are preparing to use liquid nitrogen to create a frozen semen bank from select U.S. and European honey bee colonies. At the same time, the researchers will use genetic cross-breeding methods to produce more diverse, resilient honey bee subspecies that could help thwart the nation's current… » More ...

Students Eat Bugs and Like It

by Phil Cable and Brian Clark, WSU CAHNRS and Extension Marketing, News, and Educational Communications Rylie Sedustine samples the fare. A diverse crowd of students and friends swarmed Ensminger Pavilion. Their purpose? To eat bugs at the annual Bug Buffet. Most of the students were from associate professor and entomology department chair Rich Zack’s entomology… » More ...

Integrated Pest Management at Work

A team of WSU researchers and their wine-industry collaborators are the winners of the 2007 Integrated Pest Management Team Award. WSU Entomologist Doug Walsh discusses his team's award-winning IPM strategy in a vineyard in Prosser, Wash. Photo: Brian Clark. The award is given each year to the team that successfully implements an integrated pest management… » More ...