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Invasive "tunicate" appears in Oregon's coastal waters

Mon, 17 May 2010 15:59:02 PDT

(image) "This is not a welcome addition to our bays, and now the clock is ticking," said Sam Chan, an invasive species specialist from OSU.

OSU scientists to study whale-deterring sounds

Mon, 17 May 2010 15:58:12 PDT

Scientists from Oregon State University's Marine Mammal Institute will begin a project in December as the first step in reducing potential risks of wave energy to marine mammals.

Drip irrigation delivers water only to where needed

Mon, 17 May 2010 15:57:51 PDT

Researchers, farmers and gardeners are turning to drip irrigation to deliver water-with little waste-to where it is needed. OSU Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station research in the driest part of the state can be applied to home gardens all over Oregon.

10 years of organic growth

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 00:00:00 PDT

On a perfect spring morning, James Cassidy stands in a field explaining about planting crops. In the course of a few minutes, this involves a story about eating nutria ("delicious"), an apology to vegetarians ("We all should be vegetarians") and an explanation of a "chicken tractor." (image)

Oregon Tilth partners with OSU to help organic farmers

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:28:34 PDT

Organic certifier Oregon Tilth provides funding to OSU's small farms program to continue its research and educational efforts for organic farmers.

International speakers to present at Oregon Forage and Grassland Council meeting

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:28:16 PDT

Michael Murphy, one of Ireland's most progressive dairy farmers, will speak at the Oregon Forage and Grassland Council annual meeting April 7 and 8.

Oregon's 2009 agricultural sales post biggest percentage fall in at least 33 years

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:21:23 PST

(image) Oregon's farmers and ranchers grossed $4.1 billion in sales last year, a 14.8 percent plunge from the prior year, according to estimates in an OSU report.

How to save trees during construction

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:21:03 PST

(image) Remnants of native Pacific Northwest forests can be protected and integrated safely into housing and other urban developments, and a new guide from the OSU Extension shows how.

How-to rain garden guide can help restore natural water cycle

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 13:17:40 PST

(image) A new guide on building sunken-bed rain gardens to collect and filter runoff water can help Northwest homeowners learn how to redesign home landscapes to help protect rivers and streams.

Ponderosa returns to the Willamette Valley

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 13:17:10 PST

(image) Efforts by Oregon State University scientists, Extension Service and others are bringing back the native tree to the Willamette Valley, where it has not been prevalent for generations.

Winter-Indoors and Out

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:54:30 PST

(image) December issue of Northwest Gardeners' eNews.

How to keep your Christmas tree fresh through the holidays

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:53:36 PST

(image) Forget urban myths about how to take care of your cut Christmas tree.

Habitat for locavores

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 12:31:46 PST

(image) Farmers and consumers come face-to-face in the marketplace in this Oregon's Agricultural Progress magazine article.

Kernel chemistry

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 12:31:11 PST

(image) With tweezers, mixers, and genetic maps, OSU researchers are turning wheat into breads, noodles, and pastries. Andrew Ross is on a quest to make world-class bread out of Pacific Northwest wheat.

November issue of Norwest Gardeners E-News

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 12:30:41 PST

(image) Time to clean, mulch, cover, protect, store - winter's on the way.

Oregon cheese focus of Science Pub Corvallis

Sun, 18 Oct 2009 23:41:47 PDT

(image) OSU Extension dairy processing specialist Lisbeth Goddik helps the Oregon artisan cheese industry with cheese-making classes and has studied in France with artisan cheese makers.

Chinese scientists visit Oregon to confer about invasive species

Sun, 18 Oct 2009 23:41:18 PDT

(image) Sam Chan, OSU Extension agent with Oregon Sea Grant, and a team of researchers, educators and resource managers are studying the impact of invasive grass species Spartina on coastal ecosystems.

Special food issue of Oregon's Agricultural Progress magazine now online

Sun, 18 Oct 2009 23:40:43 PDT

(image) Food in Oregon is a necessary - and delightful - part of life in a special issue of Oregon's Agricultural Progress magazine.

Riparian zones recover quickly after fire, need little management

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 11:09:16 PDT

Riparian zones in many Pacific Northwest forests return to health fairly quickly after forest fires with little need for replanting or management, an OSU study concludes.

Japanese agreement with OSU lab paves way for smoother trade of straw

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 11:09:03 PDT

Oregon straw from tall fescue and perennial ryegrass that has been tested for alkaloid toxicity at OSU's Endophyte Testing Laboratory can be traded directly to Japan.

Traveling photo exhibit celebrates Oregon food and agriculture

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 20:37:54 PDT

(image) A celebration of Oregon's food and agriculture began Aug. 3, when a traveling exhibit of award-winning photos went on display at LaSells Stewart Center at OSU.

Klamath Basin farmers get rights to grow, market new purple potato

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 20:37:23 PDT

(image) An association of potato farmers along the Oregon-California border has been awarded exclusive rights to grow and market a new purple fingerling developed by the USDA and three Northwest universities.

Commercial "Bycatch Whaling" a Growing Threat to Coastal Whales

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:21:21 PDT

A new form of unregulated whaling has emerged along the coastlines of Japan and South Korea, where commercial sale of whales killed as "bycatch" threatens coastal stocks of minke whales.

Twitter to the Rescue in 'the Shop of Little Horrors'

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 10:14:30 PDT

(image) OSU pest expert Robin Rosetta sends tweets on a daily basis to alert her fellow researchers and growers in the Pacific Northwest about plant pests.

Oregon State University Researchers Receive Weed Science Award

Wed, 17 Jun 2009 10:14:07 PDT

(image) OSU Professor Carol Mallory-Smith was named "Outstanding Weed Scientist, Public Sector" for her long-term research and teaching from the Western Society of Weed Science.

Oregon State University Researcher Receives Environmental Stewardship Award

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 09:55:03 PDT

(image) OSU Extension horticulturalist Robin Rosetta has received the first Partner in Environmental Stewardship Award from the City of Portland Parks and Recreation.

OSU Studies How to Make Cows Happy and Increase Milk Output

Mon, 18 May 2009 09:33:08 PDT

(image) OSU has launched research to study the factors that influence dairy cows' comfort levels and maximize milk production.

OSU to Offer Nation's First Online Fisheries Management Certificate

Mon, 18 May 2009 09:31:49 PDT

This fall, OSU will launch what educators say may be the first comprehensive online graduate certificate program in fisheries management in the world.

OSU, PSU Team Up to Teach Portland Kids Where Their Food Comes From

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 21:30:06 PDT

In a low-income neighborhood in southeast Portland, the Oregon State University Extension Service and Portland State University are taking children out of the classroom and into the greenhouse.

OSU Recommends Vegetable Varieties for 2009

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 21:29:15 PDT

(image) Home gardens produce the best yields when planted with vegetable varieties adapted to local growing conditions.

Kids Have No Clear Preference in OSU Beef Taste Test

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 13:37:32 PDT

(image) Children can tell the difference between burgers made from the USDA-purchased commodity beef served in their school lunch program and Northwest-raised beef, but when it comes to preference, they're evenly split.

How Wildlife and Cattle Co-exist on Oregon's Zumwalt Prairie

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 13:37:03 PDT

(image) Oregon State University and The Nature Conservancy work together to study the impact of cattle on plants, insects, soil, and ground-nesting birds to discover how production agriculture and conservation can coexist.

New Method Pinpoints Meth Hot Spots

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 13:31:02 PDT

(image) OSU toxicologist and physician Daniel Sudakin uses statistics from four sources to identify counties with the most meth-linked incidents per capita, a new approach to study a significant public health concern.

Consumers Track their Fish, Meet the Fishermen Via Bar Code

Thu, 19 Feb 2009 23:23:54 PST

(image) Pacific Fish Trax is a scientific venture and public outreach effort designed to shed light on the state's commercial fishing industry and strengthen wild fish runs.

Former Peace Corps Leader Heads OSU Extension in Portland Area

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:09:30 PST

(image) Patrick Proden, a former country director for the Peace Corps in Tanzania, is the new head of the Oregon State University Extension Service's operations in Multnomah and Washington counties.

Sea Grant Extension Veterinarian Helps Control Virus in Koi Ponds

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:08:45 PST

(image) Tim Miller-Morgan, a Sea Grant Extension veterinarian for aquatic pets based at OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Ore., gives medical support for ornamental fish.

New Publications Available for Central Oregon Gardening

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:35:56 PST

(image) Several kinds of berries, fruit trees, roses and native plants can be grown successfully in Central Oregon. The key is to select varieties suited to local growing conditions and follow recommendations for planting and care.

New OSU Turf Expert Isn't Letting Grass Grow Under His Feet

Wed, 24 Dec 2008 08:31:17 PST

(image) The former head of the golf and turf management program at the Crookston campus of the University of Minnesota has replaced Tom Cook as the director of Oregon State University's turf management program.

OSU Conference Examines Oregon's Limited Ground Water

Mon, 15 Dec 2008 09:20:43 PST

Water experts and owners of wells met recently in Salem to discuss growing concerns over Oregon's limited groundwater and to identify potential solutions.

Rutgers Entomologist Heads OSU Center in Hood River

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 10:31:45 PST

Peter Shearer, the new superintendent of OSU's Mid-Columbia Agricultural Research and Extension Center, brings expertise in entomology to research in cherry and pear orchards. (image)

New OSU Web Site Provides Data on Oregon's Rural Communities

Fri, 14 Nov 2008 10:27:57 PST

OSU has created a Web site that compiles statistics, maps and scholarly works to help people understand and shape the future of Oregon's rural communities. (image)

OSU Study Uses New Method to Find Oregon Meth Hot Spots

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 11:30:06 PDT

A researcher at Oregon State University has used a new method of combining multiple sources of data to identify counties in Oregon with high numbers of methamphetamine-related problems per capita, giving officials a new tool in fighting the illegal drug. (image)

Researchers Moving Closer to Creating Viable Energy From Sewage

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 11:29:04 PDT

A new approach has been developed to use several types of biowaste, including ordinary municipal sewage, to produce hydrogen at a much lower cost than the traditional "electrolysis" technology, and make it more viable for use in the hydrogen fuel cells that many believe will power automobiles of the future. (image)

OSU Researcher Finds City Storm Drains a Haven for Mosquitoes

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 11:27:39 PDT

Storm drains on city streets have long had a useful function, but a new study has found that they also can act as a haven for unwanted pests - mosquitoes. (image)

Sperm Whales Seem to Be Unaffected by Distant Seismic Sounds

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 09:58:36 PDT

An OSU study of sperm whales in the Gulf of Mexico suggests that long-range seismic sounds associated with oil and gas production don't significantly affect the whales' movement. (image)

Agricultural Research Foundation Funds 33 OSU Projects

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 09:57:37 PDT

The Agricultural Research Foundation of Oregon has announced grants totaling $373,760 for projects in agriculture, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine at Oregon State University.

Natural Amenities May Offset Economic Challenges Facing Remote Communities

Wed, 10 Sep 2008 15:02:12 PDT

Economists have found that the enhancement of natural amenities can offset the degree to which remoteness matters in terms of attracting new economic development to rural areas. (image)

Small Wonders

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:53:35 PDT

In order to better understand and mitigate the risks posed by nanotechnology, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency granted almost $600,000 to two scientists in Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Sciences for the study of nanotech and its impact on biology. (image)

Herbarium and the Oregon Flora Project

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:51:23 PDT

OSU's botanical collections are a key to the state's plant diversity, and the Oregon Flora Project has been using these collections to develop a new complete plant guide, or flora, for Oregon. (image)

Global Fish Shortage Hits Surimi Market

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:47:29 PDT

A shortage of pollock from Alaska, as well as other white-fleshed fish from around the globe, has created a supply crisis among manufacturers of surimi - the processed fish protein that is turned into surimi-based seafood, including crabstick and other shellfish-flavored products. (image)

DNA Study of Japanese 'Whalemeat' Markets Suggests Illegal/Unreported Hunting of Fin Whales

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 09:37:30 PDT

Genetic detective work suggests a higher number of whales are sold in Japanese markets than was reported to the International Whaling Commission. (image)

Making Pear Orchards More Profitable

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 09:36:55 PDT

High-density, "flat" pear orchards may keep Oregon pear growers ahead of international competition by countering rising labor, land and fuel costs. (image)

Growing Beyond Petroleum

Tue, 15 Jul 2008 09:36:05 PDT

Researchers explore plant-based alternatives to petroleum products such as rubber, plastics and cosmetics. (image)

OSU Research Ripens Comice, Bosc Pears Faster

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 12:39:56 PDT

Consumers could be able to bite into fresh, sweet winter pears earlier than usual with new ripening techniques tested by a researcher at OSU. (image)

Playing with Food

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 12:39:26 PDT

An OSU scientist fights food-borne disease with a surprising collection of natural ingredients. (image)

Finding Their Niche

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 10:47:52 PDT

With the help of OSU researchers, Oregon growers are finding new markets for specialty products. (image)

Growing Research From Seed Money

Mon, 19 May 2008 12:59:57 PDT

The Agricultural Research Foundation sows new fields of discovery. (image)

OSU Releases New Wheat for Willamette Valley

Wed, 14 May 2008 17:17:58 PDT

With the introduction of a new variety of wheat for the valley, and higher wheat prices nationwide, there may be more amber waves of wheat in the Willamette Valley in coming years.(image)

OSU Research Helps Revitalize Albany Farmers' Market

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 13:46:53 PDT

OSU study suggests innovative methods for small-farm growers to succeed in the farmers' marketplace. (image)

Research Aimed at Protecting Salmon in Jeopardy - Because of Lack of Salmon

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 17:31:25 PDT

"We've got the science, the interest and the cooperation of the fishing industry. Now, we just need some salmon." (image)

The Other Bees

Tue, 15 Apr 2008 15:00:21 PDT

As honey bees decline, researchers examine the role of native pollinators. (image)

Bio-fuels Sought from Processing Algae

Wed, 19 Mar 2008 11:24:27 PDT

OSU researchers are exploring ways to process bio-diesel fuel and ethanol from one of the world's most plentiful organisms - algae. (image)

OSU Institute Gets Grant from Irwins to Study Whales in Southern Hemisphere

Wed, 19 Mar 2008 11:23:17 PDT

OSU's Marine Mammal Institute will begin studies to improve information on whale habitats and stocks in both the southern and northern hemispheres with grants provided primarily from Terri Irwin, wife of internationally recognized wildlife advocate Steve Irwin (the "Crocodile Hunter"). (image)

Study Finds Healthy River Ecosystems Vital to Removing Excess Nitrogen

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 13:31:40 PDT

Healthy streams and ecosystems play a critical role in removing excess nitrogen caused by human activities, according to a new national study. (image)

OSU Weed Scientist Receives Award

Fri, 14 Mar 2008 13:31:03 PDT

OSU scientist Carol Mallory-Smith has received the Weed Science Society of America's highest honor for her contributions to the profession. (image)

Study: Western Streams Inundated with Non-Native Fish, Amphibians

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 12:54:27 PST

(image) More than half of the stream and river miles surveyed in 12 western states contained non-native fish and amphibians.

National Pesticide Hotline Provides Information In More Than 170 Languages

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 12:53:28 PST

(image) The National Pesticide Information Center at OSU receives more than 24,000 questions each year from around the world, and now can provide answers in more than 170 different languages.

Greening the Concrete Jungle

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 12:52:51 PST

(image) Green roofs are hard-working landscapes on the Portland skyline.

Carrington Honored by Sigma Xi

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 15:51:01 PST

(image) James Carrington, professor and director of the Center for Genome Research and Biocomputing at Oregon State University, has been chosen as the Researcher of the Year by OSU's chapter of Sigma Xi, in recognition of his work with "small RNA" and virus-host interactions in plants.

Agricultural foundation awards 33 grants to OSU researchers

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 14:15:46 PST

(image) Thirty-three research grants totaling $372,235 have been awarded to Oregon State University scientists by the Agricultural Research Foundation (ARF) for projects ranging from naturally occurring herbicides to flexible biofilms to prevent sunburn in apples.

OSU Researchers Receive $2.3 Million from OWEB for Major Watershed Projects

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 14:14:36 PST

(image) Researchers from Oregon State University and a variety of collaborators have been awarded funding for studies aimed at evaluating and modeling stream, lake and wetland restoration; improving water quality in fish-bearing streams; and developing tools to better understand global climate change and its implications for ecosystems in Oregon.

High Desert Dominator

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 17:40:59 PDT

(image) Western juniper covers 10 times more land than it did in the 1880s, and that has ranchers and ecologists concerned.

Agricultural foundation awards 33 grants to OSU researchers

Fri, 12 Oct 2007 17:40:00 PDT

Thirty-three research grants totaling $372,235 have been awarded to Oregon State University scientists by the Agricultural Research Foundation (ARF) of Oregon. The funded research projects range from a study of naturally occurring herbicides to the development of flexible biofilms.

Taste testers explore what we like to eat and why

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 11:13:07 PDT

(image) OSU's Food Innovation Center is developing a list of volunteers for consumer testing and offering cash for tasters who come to the center for scheduled tests.

Seed lab is busy testing 2007 grass seed crop

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 11:11:15 PDT

(image) Millions of bags of Oregon grass seed will be shipped around the world this year, and many of them will bear a blue tag issued by the OSU Seed Certification Service.

A matter of taste

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 11:09:31 PDT

(image) As the southern Oregon wine industry brings new wines to the table, a wine chemist explores the nuances of taste and aroma.

Water from a tree-tapped well

Fri, 17 Aug 2007 13:34:48 PDT

(image) An experiment in Central Oregon taps an unexpected source of water.

Welcome to surimi school

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 09:22:08 PDT

(image) It's an international buffet of new seafood-based delicacies made from fish that no one else wanted.

Cork is still king, but wine lovers can be swayed by taste

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 09:20:25 PDT

(image) Despite the danger of "cork taint," the public is still wary of screw tops.

Copper dust puts the brakes on fish

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 11:16:33 PDT

(image) Tiny particles of copper dust sheared off your brake pads and deposited on the road may end up in streams and rivers, where they are linked to an increase in predation of young salmon.

Oregon wine grows on shoulders of increasing acreage, high quality production

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 11:15:11 PDT

(image) Oregon's wine grape industry is booming due in part to the growing number of new vineyards and wineries popping up across the state.

Oregon agricultural sales hit new high at $4.4 billion

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 11:14:01 PDT

(image) Agriculture in Oregon generated gross sales of $4.4 billion in 2006, setting an all-time sales record and logging a fourth straight year of sales growth.

Oregon wine grape industry booming

Fri, 15 Jun 2007 11:11:09 PDT

Oregon's wine grape industry is booming due in part to the growing number of new vineyards and wineries popping up across the state. According to a new report on selected Oregon commodities, wine grape crops posted gross sales of $46.7 million last year, an increase of 27.6 percent from 2005.

Firing up bio-energy

Fri, 18 May 2007 10:43:57 PDT

(image) Skyrocketing gasoline prices are fueling interest in finding alternative energy resources and Oregon's Sun Grant university leads the way.

New potatoes being developed

Wed, 16 May 2007 15:27:08 PDT

(image) Developing new varieties of potatoes involves years of experiments and legions of researchers. It's no small potatoes.

Banding may cause increase in penguin mortality rates

Wed, 16 May 2007 15:26:23 PDT

(image) OSU's Katie Dugger, an assistant professor and expert in survival modeling, reports findings from the first study to examine the effects of bands on penguin survival.

Riparian wranglers

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 14:35:57 PDT

(image) Long-term studies help ranchers manage cattle to protect streams.

Taking down a dam

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 14:34:42 PDT

(image) Ninety percent of Oregon's small dams are more than a half a century old, and some are falling apart.

Casting a wide net for science

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 14:30:13 PDT

(image) OSU researchers wade into the west's largest wetland.

Cleaning up the Hood

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 13:57:39 PDT

(image) Hood River growers help tackle the problem of non-point pollution.

Liquid assets

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 13:56:45 PDT

(image) Like the air we breathe, water is difficult to price.

The life aquatic in flooded fields

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 11:25:15 PST

(image) Flooded grass fields offer refuge to fish and wildlife more associated with streams than fields.

The once and future river

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 11:24:09 PST

(image) A consortium of scientists helps residents in Oregon's most populated region plot their shared future.

Measure for measure

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 11:46:42 PST

New tools allow scientists more precision in measuring water quality.

Waste not, want not

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 11:45:45 PST

(image) Innovative growers are re-using industry's water in the Umatilla Basin.

Uniting the Umatilla

Fri, 19 Jan 2007 11:43:31 PST

(image) Twenty years of negotiations among tribes and irrigators have created a plan to sustain both salmon and crops, and OSU researchers and graduates helped make it happen.

B-vitamins play an important role in athletic performance

Mon, 18 Dec 2006 13:51:41 PST

(image) Athletes lacking in B-vitamins may perform worse during high-intensity exercise and have a decreased ability to repair muscle than counterparts with nutrient-rich diets.

The once and future river

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 10:58:16 PST

(image) A consortium of scientists helps residents in Oregon's most populated region plot their shared future.

The secret code of salmon

Fri, 15 Dec 2006 10:56:17 PST

(image) Researchers develop new genetic tools to sort out salmon in the ocean and help fishermen target healthy stocks and avoid endangered ones.

OSU receives $8.9 million grant to lead international aquaculture, fisheries effort

Fri, 17 Nov 2006 11:13:06 PST

(image) Oregon State University will lead a new collaborative research program designed to reduce poverty in developing countries by improving access by the poor to fish and water resources.