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A blighted Northwest icon
Spring 2012
Last March, Gary Chastagner was driving around southwest Oregon scouting test plots for a study of madrone, the gnarly, reddish-brown tree found up and down the West Coast. A variety of diseases had been hitting the trees in recent year...
Categories: Agriculture, Botany
Tags: Madrone, Trees, Diseases


On Closer Inspection—The curiouser and curiouser world of the small
Spring 2012

In some ways, with so much science now involving tools that detect things outside the five senses, examining the world with a microscope seems quaint. But a corps of WSU researchers—let’s call them microscopists—are wrangling photons, electrons, glowing proteins, exotic stains, and remarkably powerful devices in their pursuit of the small.


Categories: Botany, Natural sciences, Biological sciences
Tags: Scientific equipment, Cells, Microscopy, Microscopes


A New Land
Winter 2010
John Bishop was late getting to Mount St. Helens.He was only 16 years old when it blew in 1980, and it would be another decade before he began crawling around the mountain as part of his doctoral studies.“I was worried I missed all the action...
Categories: Environmental studies, Botany, Biological sciences
Tags: Mount St. Helens, Volcanoes


Fine Specimens
Winter 2008
Washington State University is home to three superb research collections, all begun soon after the young agricultural college opened its doors. What makes them research collections, says Ownbey Herbarium director Larry Hufford, is "sheer numbers." The Conner Zoology Museum has about 69,000 specimens, the Herbarium about 375,000, and the James Entomology Collection more than 1.25 million. These numbers make WSU's collections among the best in the nation.
Categories: Botany, Biological sciences
Tags: Herbarium, Zoology, Entomology, Museums


"A joyous sight to see"
Summer 2008
The next time you visit the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood, take a good look around. This is the only Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) facility in the nation that is home to a botanical garden, and the garden is due prima...
Categories: Botany
Tags: Gardens, Seattle


Letters - Summer 2008
Summer 2008
The lonely flowerYour most interesting article about "The Orphan Flower" intrigued me. What a lovely and unique flower and leaf. Thank you for sharing its appearance with us.I may say also, that having discovered Washington State Magazine in my ...
Categories: Archaeology, Botany
Tags: Letters


The orphan flower
Spring 2008
In a Washington State University greenhouse, on the roof of Abelson Hall, dwells an orphan. Sheltered by a translucent plastic tent that diffuses the sunlight, drenched in water that keeps the air heavy with moisture, a semitropical plant called ...
Categories: Botany
Tags: Tropical plants, Gardening


Clarence A. (Bud) Ryan: A scientist who catalyzed excellence
Spring 2008
Clarence A. (Bud) Ryan, one of WSU’s preeminent scientists, died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in October. Ryan pioneered the study of the innate immune response of plants. Prior to his work, plants were assumed to contain protease inhibitors al...
Categories: Alumni, Botany, Biological sciences
Tags: Plant behavior


Through the Garden Gate
Spring 2008
Invasive species--plants, animals, and microbes--have been estimated to cost American businesses and taxpayers at least $122 billion every year in damaged property, lost productivity, and control efforts. However, perhaps more costly in the long run is the damage done to natural communities.
Categories: Botany, Biological sciences
Tags: Gardening, Invasive weeds


Into the woods
Winter 2007
Unseen worlds live behind the bark and beneath the trees in Pacific Northwest forests. Scientists Jack Rogers and Lori Carris have made careers out of discovering these worlds and studying them. We go into the woods with them to glimpse the secret lives of fungi and their roles in nature.
Categories: Botany, Biological sciences
Tags: Mushrooms, Mycology, Fungi


Borrowing nature's designs
Fall 2007
In Michael Knoblauch's lab, the gap between fundamental research and practical applications is a narrow one.Knoblauch studies the inner workings of phloem (FLOAM), the channels that transport water and nutrients throughout a plant. Research doesn'...
Categories: Botany, Biological sciences
Tags: Research


No shrinking violet
Summer 2006
Researchers at WSU are finding that plants are surprisingly assertive. Based on their findings, a case could be made that the average potted plant is at least as active as the average human couch potato—and a lot smarter about what it consumes
Categories: Agriculture, Biological sciences, Botany, Alumni
Tags: Photosynthesis, Plant behavior, Pest management


In Search of the Wild Chickpea
Summer 2005

About an hour into our continued search, Walt called out that he had found it. It was on a slope so steep and rocky, we had to lie on our sides to keep from sliding down. But that was the good news, because the plant was apparently thriving in a niche where competing plants could not survive.


Categories: Botany, Agriculture
Tags: Seeds, Chickpea, Republic of Georgia


Helpless: Aesthetic Science
Winter 2004
Electron microscopy might be a just a prosaic tool to some--but for this student researcher it was also a window to a world of beauty.
Categories: Botany, Photography
Tags: Microscopy


The Last Roses of Summer
Spring 2004
Steve Smith has good news for those of us who like to satisfy more than one sense at a time. The domestic rose, bred too long for form and color only, to the detriment of scent, is regaining its fragrance. Smith '76, the head rose gardener at Mani...
Categories: Botany
Tags: Roses, Gardening


Pacific Northwest sagebrush steppe
Winter 2003
Though it is the most widespread of plant ecosystems in eastern Washington, covering 24,000 square miles, the sagebrush-steppe is probably the least understood, and therefore the least appreciated, especially among gardeners. By nature, gardeners ...
Categories: Botany, Agriculture
Tags: Sagebrush steppe, Gardening, Eastern Washington


Mounting a defense against biological invaders
Spring 2003
Whatever its impact on trade, the World Trade Organization has opened the doors to biological invasion, says Dick Mack. A professor of botany at Washington State University, Mack is a leading authority on invasive species and lead author of Predi...
Categories: Botany, Biological sciences
Tags: Ecology, Invasive weeds