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Grant funds help regional effort to combat spotted wing drosophila

Mon, 17 May 2010 14:43:43 PDT

(image) A $5.8 million grant to combat the invasive spotted wing drosophila fly, which threatens fruit crops in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, was recommended for funding by the USDA.

OSU veterinarians use aquatic models to uncover causes of human disease

Mon, 17 May 2010 14:42:52 PDT

(image) A large number of human diseases can be modeled in fish to increase medical understanding and develop prevention protocols for human diseases.

Researchers prepare for a new emerging pest

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 09:38:21 PDT

Last fall, the spotted wing drosophila, an invasive vinegar fly native to southeast Asia, first flew onto the radar of fruit growers from California to British Columbia.

Limagrain recruits OSU wheat breeder

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 09:38:02 PDT

(image) Jim Peterson will help Limagrain build a North American wheat breeding and seed program, which will be headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo.

Freeing Willy: OSU-led team uses novel cage to disentangle sea lion

Mon, 19 Apr 2010 09:37:37 PDT

A team led by OSU used a floating capture cage to free an adolescent California sea lion from a plastic packing band that had been caught around its neck for more than a year.

OSU Multicultural scholars get a boost from USDA

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:10:57 PDT

Six minority students at Oregon State University will get closer to achieving their career dreams through OSU and the United States Department of Agriculture Multicultural Scholars Program.

Invitational art exhibit has gardening theme

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:10:31 PDT

(image) An invitational art exhibition called "Chance to Flourish: Private, Public, and Wild Gardens," sponsored by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences, is on display March 1-30 in the LaSells Stewart Center on campus.

Coastal groups partner to address growing sea lion entanglement issue

Thu, 18 Mar 2010 17:09:36 PDT

Jim Rice, who is affiliated with the OSU Marine Mammal Institute and coordinates the multi-agency Marine Mammal Stranding Network, said removing debris from the animals can be difficult and dangerous.

OSU receives $1 million gift for hops breeding and chemistry research

Fri, 19 Feb 2010 21:11:11 PST

(image) Oregon's vibrant craft beer industry will benefit from a new aroma hop breeding program to be created in the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU.

OSU hunts for dioxin substitutes to fight autoimmune diseases

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:12:25 PST

(image) Scientists at OSU are hunting for substitute chemicals for a toxic dioxin to fight diseases that are triggered by haywire immune systems.

Films putting OSU's Marine Mammal Institute on the map

Thu, 18 Feb 2010 21:11:58 PST

(image) The work of scientists at OSU's Marine Mammal Institute has long been of interest to the public, but recent exposure of their whale research through a pair of award-winning documentaries has brought even more attention to the program.

Iraq offers opportunities and challenges for U.S. colleges of agricultural sciences

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 13:15:41 PST

(image) Sonny Ramaswamy, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU, toured Iraq in December with a delegation of leaders from seven U.S. land grant universities.

Public invited to observe lambing at OSU Sheep Center

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 13:15:21 PST

(image) New lambs will begin arriving at Oregon State University's Sheep Center in February, and the public is invited to view this annual event.

Collage art exhibit opens at Oregon State University

Sun, 17 Jan 2010 13:14:51 PST

(image) Collages from the "Art About Agriculture" permanent collection of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences will be exhibited Jan. 11 to March 19 in OSU's Center for the Humanities in the Autzen House at 811 S.W. Jefferson Ave.

OSU's College of Ag Sciences honors 4 alumni for professional achievements

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:31:36 PST

Ken Bailey, Joseph Chapman, Colby Marshall and Gary Perdew were honored for their achievements.

How OSU researchers help bring the full flavor of grapes to Oregon wines

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:30:37 PST

(image) Making wine is complex, and OSU scientists are refining the process to help vineyards and wineries stay competitive.

The fine art of breeding oysters

Tue, 15 Dec 2009 14:28:34 PST

(image) Good breeding is at the heart of the West Coast oyster industry.

Fruit fly, "Spotted Wing Drosophila," identified in wine grapes

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:31:23 PST

A newly recognized pest in Oregon continues to concern fruit growers and researchers with the recent discovery of a Spotted Wing Drosophila fly in a sample of Willamette Valley wine grapes.

Special food issue of Oregon's Agricultural Progress debuts

Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:31:00 PST

(image) The special Food in Oregon issue of the magazine Oregon's Agricultural Progress is getting rave reviews and is available online.

OSU Seed Laboratory celebrates 100 years of service

Fri, 13 Nov 2009 15:13:33 PST

(image) The Oregon State University Seed Laboratory celebrates 100 years of continuous service to Oregon agriculture with an open house this month.

New therapeutic horticulture degree offered at OSU

Sun, 18 Oct 2009 22:32:02 PDT

Horticulture students in the College of Agricultural Sciences can learn how to design gardens that promote wellness and provide therapy for special-needs populations.

OSU economist debuts in film about local food movement

Sun, 18 Oct 2009 22:31:48 PDT

(image) Agricultural economist Larry Lev stars in a new documentary that examines and promotes the local food movement.

OSU horticulturist receives award for supporting organics

Sun, 18 Oct 2009 22:31:35 PDT

(image) Anita Azarenko, the head of OSU's horticulture department, received the Organic Policy Analyst award from the Oregon Organic Coalition.

Bosses with 'green' values likely to over-comply with environmental rules, study says

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 10:32:58 PDT

The study's author, OSU professor JunJie Wu, says the results could help policymakers develop strategies to reduce environmental violations and encourage firms to do more than required.

OSU microbiologist gives food the 'acid test' for safety

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 10:32:17 PDT

(image) OSU food scientist makes sure that no one gets sick from newly developed acidified foods like mustards, salsas, pickles and salad dressings that are heat-processed in Oregon. About 150 products passed through his lab last year.

Two OSU animal scientists honored for achievements

Sat, 19 Sep 2009 10:31:27 PDT

(image) Two Oregon State University professors - a sheep specialist and an expert in the reproductive biology of farm animals - have been honored by scientific associations.

OSU Seed Laboratory receives international accreditation

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 20:43:43 PDT

(image) The OSU Seed Laboratory has become the first official state seed laboratory in the nation to receive accreditation by the International Seed Testing Association.

OSU uses edible coating to make fish fillets longer-lasting, possibly healthier

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 20:43:13 PDT

(image) Consumers may be able to eat longer-lasting, potentially healthier fish fillets if research at OSU makes its way to the supermarket.

New study uses wastewater to map large-scale patterns of illicit drug use

Thu, 13 Aug 2009 20:42:32 PDT

(image) A team of researchers has mapped patterns of illicit drug use across the state of Oregon using a method of sampling municipal wastewater before it is treated.

OSU Student Meets Nobel Laureates in Germany

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:20:03 PDT

(image) A molecular toxicology student at OSU attended a meeting in Germany that aims to forge bonds between Nobel Prize winners and the world's most promising young researchers.

Athletes, Spectators Faced Unprecedented Air Pollution at 2008 Olympic Games

Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:19:31 PDT

(image) Particulate air pollution during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing constantly exceeded levels considered excessive by the World Health Organization.

OSU Students Earn Top Awards at National Conference

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 09:53:51 PDT

(image) OSU students brought home the top award from the national conference of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) in Indianapolis.

Agricultural Research Foundation Celebrates Anniversary With New Grants

Fri, 12 Jun 2009 09:51:05 PDT

(image) The Agricultural Research Foundation is celebrating its 75th anniversary by awarding grants totaling more than $500,000 to OSU scientists.

OSU to Study Air Pollutant's Impact on Chinese, U.S. Health

Mon, 18 May 2009 09:37:21 PDT

(image) Scientists at OSU and China's Peking University plan to use part of a $12.4 million grant to study the impact of burning coal and biomass and smoking meat on the health of both countries.

Universities Study Health of Organic, Conventional Dairy Cows with $1 Million Grant

Mon, 18 May 2009 09:36:39 PDT

(image) OSU is one of three universities that launched a nearly $1 million study to examine the impact of organic and conventional management practices at 300 dairy farms.

OSU Names Purdue Leader as Dean of Agricultural Sciences

Mon, 18 May 2009 09:35:54 PDT

(image) Sonny Ramaswamy, an agricultural leader from Purdue University, has been named dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU. He also will direct the Oregon Agricultural Experiment Station, which is based at OSU.

Research Viticulturist to Join OSU Horticulture Faculty

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 21:23:30 PDT

Laurent Deluc, a research viticulturist at the University of Nevada-Reno, has been selected to join Oregon State University.

2009 Art About Agriculture Tour Begins at OSU

Wed, 15 Apr 2009 21:22:57 PDT

(image) The 27th annual Art About Agriculture touring exhibit opens March 16 and runs through April 24 at the OSU LaSells Stewart Center Giustina Art Gallery. It will tour to The Dalles, Grants Pass and Baker City.

OSU Hires University of Florida Grad to Help Cattle Ranchers

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 11:51:40 PDT

(image) Oregon State University has hired a recently graduated animal scientist from the University of Florida to conduct research on beef cattle and help address ranchers' needs.

Invasive Parasite Spreading Among West Coast Estuaries

Mon, 16 Mar 2009 11:43:53 PDT

(image) "From Bamfield, Canada, down to Willapa Bay, Wash., the mud shrimp are either gone or the populations are severely depressed," said John Chapman, an Oregon State University invasive species specialist who works out of OSU's Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport, Ore.

OSU Hires Texas A&M Entomologist to Study Honeybee Health

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:06:10 PST

(image) OSU has hired a honeybee researcher from Texas A&M University as part of an initiative to help ensure that there are enough healthy honeybees to pollinate Oregon's crops.

Public Invited to Observe Lambing at OSU Sheep Center

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:05:46 PST

(image) New lambs will begin arriving at Oregon State University's Sheep Center in early February.

Sustainably Yours

Thu, 12 Feb 2009 10:05:23 PST

(image) February issue of Northwest Gardeners eNews

Remedies for Cabin Fever

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:33:35 PST

(image) Check out the January issue of Northwest Gardeners eNews.

OSU's Botanical Collections are Key to Oregon's Plant Diversity

Wed, 14 Jan 2009 14:33:04 PST

(image) Louis F. Henderson and dozens of other 19th-century plant explorers gave their collections and natural history notes as the foundation of the Oregon State University Herbarium.

New Report on Hunger Identifies Oregon as One of the Worst

Mon, 15 Dec 2008 09:13:39 PST

(image) About 78,000 Oregon households at some point during the year skipped meals, shrunk portions and worried about making it to the end of the month, according to Mark Edwards, an OSU sociologist and expert in hunger issues.

OSU to Host UO Course That Helps Individuals Curb Global Warming

Mon, 15 Dec 2008 09:13:13 PST

(image) A 30-hour, noncredit "Climate Master" course begins Jan. 6 at OSU. It was developed by the University of Oregon's Climate Leadership Initiative to educate individuals on how to help curb global warming.

Economist, Biochemists From Africa Hone Skills, Conduct Ag Research at OSU

Wed, 12 Nov 2008 13:53:05 PST

Three scientists from Africa are wrapping up training and research at OSU that aims to improve the diets, health and financial conditions of people in their countries. (image)

OSU Hosts a Public Forum on Food and Fuel Prices

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 11:26:07 PDT

Some of the nation's top economists analyzed rising food and energy prices during a conference hosted by OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences. (image)

Twenty Honored by OSU as 2008 Diamond Pioneers

Mon, 13 Oct 2008 10:52:27 PDT

This is the silver anniversary of the college's Diamond Pioneer Agricultural Achievement Registry which was started when the college marked its 75th (or diamond) anniversary. (image)

New Map Outlines Willamette River Water Issues

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 09:51:57 PDT

A new, far more detailed Willamette River Water Quality map and Web site provides access to a wealth of information about water issues in the river basin that is home to more than two out of every three Oregonians. (image)

Growing Optimism

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 09:51:05 PDT

New, young farmers are cultivating their place in Oregon's agriculture. (image)

Indian Summer Gardens

Thu, 11 Sep 2008 09:49:24 PDT

This month's issue of Northwest Gardeners' eNews features tips from OSU horticulture faculty across Oregon. (image)

Turning Point

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:35:01 PDT

Burning fields after harvest was once standard practice for grass seed production. Ongoing OSU research and hard work by growers have created alternatives to burning that reap unexpected rewards for the industry and the environment. (image)

OSU Professor Tests Beijing Air Quality at Olympics

Wed, 13 Aug 2008 10:31:02 PDT

Staci Simonich, an associate professor of chemistry and toxicology, is in smog-cloaked Beijing this month to monitor the air quality before and during the Olympics and see what impact cleanup efforts have had. (image)

Study: Incentives Have Mixed Results on Carbon Levels, At-Risk Species

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 13:39:07 PDT

Protecting at-risk animals does not necessarily mean that conserved landscapes will absorb more carbon from the atmosphere, according to a new study. (image)

OSU to Hire Two Honeybee Researchers

Fri, 11 Jul 2008 13:37:43 PDT

OSU will hire two research and Extension faculty members to examine the health of the state's honeybees in light of a mysterious phenomenon that has caused losses in colonies throughout the country. (image)

Chastain Awarded Hyslop Professorship

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 12:31:03 PDT

OSU's Department of Crop and Soil Science has awarded an endowed professorship to one of its most accomplished faculty members, Tom Chastain. (image)

OSU Begins Oak Creek Restoration

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 12:30:27 PDT

Workers have begun clearing understory along Oak Creek as part of a yearlong project to restore and protect areas of the creek that wind through OSU's livestock facilities. (image)

OSU Scientist Uses Fiber Optics to Measure Water and Air

Mon, 16 Jun 2008 12:28:53 PDT

Scientists at OSU are using fiber optics to study the temperature of water, the flow of air and the dynamics of snow melt. (image)

Carrington Elected to Prestigious National Academy of Sciences

Wed, 14 May 2008 17:13:12 PDT

James Carrington, a professor of botany and plant pathology at Oregon State University and a pioneer in the study of "small RNA" in genetic regulation, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, a prestigious honor based on excellence in original scientific research. (image)

Reduce Lead Hazard in Landscape Soils

Wed, 14 May 2008 17:11:19 PDT

Lead has been in the spotlight recently as a hazard in imported toys, but it also is a potential hazard in garden soil, OSU experts say. (image)

OSU Extension to Survey Beekeepers

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 13:26:58 PDT

OSU's Extension Service plans to survey Oregon beekeepers to find out what diseases and pests are affecting the state's honeybees. (image)

OSU Extension Helps Expand Sustainable Food-Buying Options

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 13:25:58 PDT

OSU's Extension Service has been working with Oregon food processors and food certifiers to improve growing practices and create environmental stewardship programs. (image)

OSU Extension-Trained Composters Use Coffee Grounds

Thu, 17 Apr 2008 09:15:49 PDT

Since 2004, Extension-trained composters have collected almost 200 tons of grounds from 13 coffee shops in the Eugene area. (image)

Dean Dutson retires from College of Agricultural Sciences

Wed, 19 Mar 2008 10:54:33 PDT

Thayne Dutson, dean of the nationally top-ranked College of Agricultural Sciences, will retire on June 30. (image)

New National Map Shows Relative Risk for Invasion of Zebra and Quagga Mussels

Wed, 19 Mar 2008 10:52:10 PDT

The spread of two invasive alien freshwater mussel species - the zebra mussel and the quagga mussel - appears to be controlled in part by calcium levels in streams and lakes, according to new research by OSU scientists. (image)

OSU Program Designs With Nature

Thu, 13 Mar 2008 16:45:38 PDT

The new ecological engineering program at OSU combines the tools of engineering design with an understanding of how complex natural systems interact. (image)

OSU Soil Microbiology Professors Receive Award

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 14:44:07 PST

Researchers David Myrold and Peter Bottomley recently received national recognition for their work on small organisms that play a large role in how the earth functions. (image)

Ranching Families Plan for the Next Generation

Tue, 19 Feb 2008 14:43:25 PST

Ranching is a long-term investment, so when it's time to pass on the family ranch or estate, long-term planning is necessary. A new OSU workshop can help. (image)

Farmscaping for beneficial insects

Thu, 20 Dec 2007 14:38:10 PST

(image) To help keep good bugs on Oregon farms, researchers at OSU are working with farmers to encourage insects that pollinate crops or keep pests in check.

Noted OSU Fisheries Researcher Honored with Presidential Award

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 12:50:30 PST

(image) Carl Schreck, one of the leading salmon researchers in the country, has been named the recipient of a Meritorious Presidential Rank Award and will be honored at the White House in April.

OSU Ranks High Nationally in Measure of Faculty Productivity

Fri, 14 Dec 2007 12:49:52 PST

OSU earned a top national ranking in Wildlife Science and ranked second in Fisheries Science.

Natural Resource Leader Leaves OSU $1.5 Million for "Watchable Wildlife" Chair

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 15:23:04 PST

(image) An Oregon State University graduate who coined the phrase "watchable wildlife" has left an estate gift to the OSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, permanently endowing the Bob and Phyllis Mace Watchable Wildlife chair and an annual scholarship fund.

OSU College Honors 38 Citizens as 2007 Diamond Pioneers

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 14:20:42 PST

(image) Farmers, ranchers, educators, research scientists and an award-winning author are among the 38 men and women honored as 2007 Diamond Pioneers by the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences.

OSU researchers develop new approach for studying tissue regeneration

Thu, 15 Nov 2007 14:19:09 PST

(image) By identifying those molecules that turn the regeneration process on and off, researchers at Oregon State University have shed new light on the biochemical pathways that control tissue regeneration.

OSU Tests Green Roofs for NW Region

Wed, 17 Oct 2007 09:51:31 PDT

(image) Green roofs can mitigate storm water run-off and reduce the pressure on already stressed infrastructure, according to new research at Oregon State University.

OSU calls for entries in 2008 Art About Agriculture competition

Tue, 16 Oct 2007 16:00:47 PDT

The Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences has opened its annual art competition, Art About Agriculture, for entries, with the theme "The Nick of Time."

Wastewater chemistry reveals patterns of illicit drug use

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:25:01 PDT

(image) A team of OSU researchers has developed an automated monitoring method that makes it possible to detect traces of drugs, from cocaine to caffeine, in municipal wastewater and to monitor the patterns of drug use in entire communities.

OSU releases new disease-resistant soft white winter wheat for Willamette Valley

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:24:26 PDT

(image) Scientists in OSU's Department of Crop and Soil Science have developed a new variety of soft white winter wheat well-suited for the Willamette Valley.

New barley selections available for testing and licensing

Wed, 19 Sep 2007 10:23:17 PDT

(image) OSU barley breeder Pat Hayes has released new disease-resistant selections of winter hooded barley for testing and potential licensing.

Here's a new reason to ask for "sunny side up"

Fri, 17 Aug 2007 13:18:12 PDT

(image) The incredible edible egg is regaining its reputation as a health food after years of being linked to high cholesterol and cardiovascular disease.

100 years of crop and soil science

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 08:35:25 PDT

(image) With powerful new tools unimaginable a century ago, OSU scientists nurture Oregon's bounty above ground and below.

Students demonstrate sustainable practices at new center

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 08:32:20 PDT

(image) Students and community volunteers are turning an old house into the new home of the OSU Student Sustainability Center.

Our changing relationship with animals

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 09:55:51 PDT

(image) OSU's Department of Animal Sciences celebrates 100 years of science as it explores our changing relationship with animals.

OSU scientists to study human health effects of manufactured nanomaterials

Thu, 19 Jul 2007 09:52:33 PDT

(image) Nanoparticles: they're invisible to the naked eye, growing in use and could have unexpected effects on human cells.

Study looks at effect of land-use laws on property values

Fri, 15 Jun 2007 11:19:03 PDT

A new analysis of land values in Oregon finds no evidence that the state's land-use regulations have caused a generalized reduction in property values.

Contaminants drift into the most pristine areas

Wed, 16 May 2007 14:41:26 PDT

(image) High in mountain lakes and far northern wilderness, OSU researchers are finding some of the world's most toxic chemicals, possibly from sources as far away as Europe and Asia.

New center will help certify farmers' good work

Wed, 16 May 2007 14:39:16 PDT

(image) OSU is helping to create a new clearinghouse of technical support to help farmers meet the increasingly stringent requirements of certification.

Farmers bank on beetles as a pesticide-free approach toward pest management

Wed, 16 May 2007 14:38:07 PDT

(image) Oregon farmers are teaming up with OSU scientists to battle farm pest populations by encouraging beneficial insects within fields and farms.

Copper increases predation risk to salmon, other fish

Thu, 19 Apr 2007 09:52:43 PDT

(image) Copper deposited on roads by the wearing of brake pads is transported in runoff to streams and rivers, where it may play a key role in increasing predation of threatened and endangered salmon throughout California and the Pacific Northwest.

2007 Art About Agriculture tour features land and sea

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 13:40:01 PDT

(image) Oregon State University's 25th annual Art About Agriculture touring exhibition of fine art is on display in Corvallis at OSU's Memorial Union Concourse Gallery in Corvallis through May 16. Then it starts its statewide tour.

OSU ecologist's book of butterfly and moth portraits published by Harvard Press

Tue, 17 Apr 2007 13:36:56 PDT

(image) From the iridescent blue morpho butterfly to the richly Persian carpet patterns of a silk moth, OSU entomologist Jeffrey C. Miller's stunning large-format photographs of butterflies are featured in a new book published by the Harvard University Press.

OSU to lead ADEC/USDA delegation to Chinese universities

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 11:44:48 PDT

(image) A team of experts from the United States, led by an OSU professor, will represent a 60-member university consortium on a U.S. Department of Agriculture science and education exchange program to China.

Public invited to observe spring lambing at OSU Sheep Center

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 11:43:14 PDT

(image) New lambs are arriving at Oregon State University's sheep center this month, and the public is invited to view this annual rite of spring through April 6.

The docs of the bay

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 11:41:09 PDT

(image) OSU's marine team students provide the fundamentals of research in the Yaquina Bay.

Water, water everywhere?

Fri, 16 Mar 2007 11:29:53 PDT

(image) Coastal communities are running short of water, where and when it's needed the most.

Study finds net energy of biofuels comes at high cost

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 13:06:04 PST

(image) An economic analysis of biofuels by Oregon State University sets a cautionary tone for the large-scale production of biofuels in Oregon.

Study finds mercury in many Western fish

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 11:21:38 PST

(image) A survey by researchers at OSU and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of more than 600 rivers and streams in the western United States found widespread mercury concentrations in fish.

Oregon bald eagle population increases as feds prepare for possible delisting

Thu, 15 Feb 2007 11:19:36 PST

(image) Oregon researchers have completed their 29th annual census on bald eagle breeding sites.