Entries tagged with: Oregon State University

WSU, OSU and UI receive $2.7 million SCRI grant

Researchers from Washington State University (WSU), Oregon State University (OSU) and the University of Idaho (UI) and the Northwest Potato Research Consortium have received a  five-year, $2.7 million grant from the USDA’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) to study the psyllids that carry liberibacter, the pathogen that causes zebra chip disease.

Horneck building dedication

A groundbreaking ceremony for the Don Horneck Memorial building will be held at 10:30 a.m. PST Wednesday, July 8, at Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC). Phil Hamm, HAREC station director, said that the 1,700-square-foot building will house three insect-rearing facilities, a tissue culture room, an agronomy lab and an equipment room. He said that one-third of the building cost was provided by private donors. “It will support the research we…  » Read more

Syngenta continues late blight hotline for 2015

Syngenta is continuing its partnership with five universities to provide potato growers with the latest late blight disease updates in 2015. Updates from the five universities are available at the following telephone numbers: University of Idaho: 800-791-7195 Michigan State University: 888-379-9012 North Dakota State University: 888-482-7286 Oregon State University: 800-705-3377 Washington State University: 800-984-7400

Frost joins staff at HAREC

Ken Frost has joined the department of botany as an assistant professor and Extension pathologist at Oregon State University’s Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC).             Frost received his master’s and doctorate in plant pathology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His areas of research include: improving integrated pest management programs; ecology and epidemiology of insect-vectored plant pathogens; mathematical biology and ecological modeling; and the economics of pest and disease suppression.

Syngenta scholarship winners

Graduate student Kelsey Hensley of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and undergraduate student Linda Millet of Oregon State University, are the inaugural grand prize winners of the national Syngenta Agricultural Scholarship essay contest.             Hensley and Millett each received  $1,000 in regional awards and an additional $6,000 national scholarship.             Hensley’s essay focused on the need for more classroom-based programs in high schools and middle schools to encourage environmental awareness. Millet’s essay focused on…  » Read more

OSU researcher dies

Don Horneck, an Oregon State University (OSU) Extension agronomist, died on September 28, 2014. Horneck specialized in soil fertility and crop production at the OSU Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center. He graduated from Monmouth College in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and geology. He earned a master’s degree in agronomy and soils from the University of Illinois in 1984 and a Ph.D. in soil science from Oregon State University in 1993. Contributions…  » Read more

Psyllids found in Pacific Northwest

Potato psyllids have been found in Idaho, Oregon and Washington this spring. This is the earliest date for psyllids to be reported in the Pacific Northwest.              The University of Idaho in collaboration with Miller Research reported finding one psyllid on a yellow sticky trap in a potato field in Jerome County as well as psyllids in Twin Falls County on bitter nightshade sites. A previous report of psyllids found in Payette and Canyon counties…  » Read more

Toll-free potato blight hotlines

Syngenta, in partnership with five universities, once again will offer toll-free potato blight hotlines during the growing season.             The hotlines consist of researchers providing updates about current potato disease pressures during the growing season in each growing region.             The updates are provided by the following universities and are available at the corresponding phone numbers: University of Idaho: 1-800-791-7195 Michigan State University: 1-888-379-9012 North Dakota State University: 1-888-482-7286 Oregon State University: 1-800-705-3377 Washington State…  » Read more

Klamath Basin growers create new endowment

Klamath Basin potato growers George Rajnus, Dan Chin and Lon Baley, with Bill Brewer, president and CEO of the Oregon Potato Commission (OPC), presented a check for $100,000 to Dan Arp, Ph.D., Oregon State University (OSU) dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Russell Karow, Ph.D., department head of Crop and Soil Science. The check represents the intent of the Klamath Basin potato industry, with the support of OPC, to contribute $250,000 to the…  » Read more