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Career battling pests leads to national honor for scientist
For five years, Doug Walsh helped decide which scientists joined the ranks of the prestigious Fellows of the Entomological Society of America (ESA). Now, the Washington State University professor has officially been named among those he once helped select.
Stephen Onayemi is from Lagos, Nigeria, and a Ph.D. candidate in the Entomology department at Washington State University Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser. Stephen’s research focuses on using mating disruption as an alternative Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategy to reduce the abundance of grape mealybugs in vineyards to reduce virus transmission and thus improve grape harvests. He is also carrying out another research to understand how these insects have become resistant to insecticides to address possible insecticide failure. Stephen was awarded a Foundation Fund Scholarship.
Stephen received $8,000 from a Foundation Scholarship.
Bernie is heading into her last year of graduate school. She is incredibly grateful for the unwavering support she has received from the Washington Wine Industry Foundation throughout her academic journey. Her academic research revolved around plant-based alternatives for chemical applications in vineyards. She plans to remain in the Washington wine industry after graduate school. Bernie loves seeing the hard work during the growing season come to fruition at harvest. She is also passionate about sustainable farming practices and is excited to someday apply her research in vineyards throughout Washington State.
Bernie received $6,000 from the George and Susan Carter Memorial and Foundation Scholarship.
Pierre grew up in rural southwest France. He received a master of science in agriculture and in viticulture and enology. Pierre has worked in the wine industry since 2008. For years he worked as faculty in the Agriculture School in Angers, then in 2021 moved to Washington State. He completed his Ph.D. at WSU in Dr. Markus Keller’s lab focusing on the impact of the foliar application of urea on grape and wine composition. During his free time, Pierre likes to travel, cook, taste wine and spirits, hike, and workout.
Pierre received $8,000 from Horse Heaven Hills Wine Growers and Foundation Scholarship.
Welcome Dr. Claire Murphy
Please join us in welcoming Dr. Claire Murphy, Assistant Professor (Food Safety Extension Specialist) in the School of Food Science, to Prosser IAREC.
Prior to joining WSU, Claire earned her Master of Science and PhD in Food Science and Technology as well as a Master of Public Health in Infectious Diseases from Virginia Tech. Claire’s research and extension programs at IAREC will focus on reducing foodborne pathogen contamination throughout the produce supply chain by providing science-based recommendations to stakeholders. Her overarching goal is to build an integrated program of research and extension involving lab- and field-based research and participatory extension and outreach activities benefiting stakeholders and communities that we serve. Claire currently holds certifications in Good Manufacturing Practices and Good Agricultural Practices as well as being a Produce Safety Alliance trainer and a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual. Claire currently holds leadership positions within the International Association for Food Protection, serving as the vice-chair of the water safety professional development.
Food safety is an important program and let’s help Claire building an impactful produce safety research and extension program at IAREC benefiting science and society.
WSU viticulture Extension specialist receives award, promotion to full professorship
Posted by bethany.shepler | April 24, 2023
Washington State University Viticulture Professor and Extension Specialist Michelle Moyer has been promoted to a full professorship and recognized with the Faculty Excellence in Extension Award from WSU’s College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS).
AI weed-killing drones are coming for the mega farms
Posted by bethany.shepler | April 24, 2023
"There are a lot of new developments and efforts towards using automated robotic solutions in agriculture,” says Manoj Karkee, a professor specializing in agricultural engineering at Washington State University. "We’re closer than ever to starting utilizing these technologies.”
WSU tree fruit Extension specialist recognized with Latino Leadership Award
Posted by bethany.shepler | January 30, 2023
Washington State University’s Bernardita Sallato was not expecting to receive the Latino Leadership Award from the Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA), but the recognition motivates her to continue her outreach work with the Hispanic community.
WSU’s Lav Khot, colleagues receive multi-state award for ag drone research, extension
Posted by samantha_bridger | November 22, 2022
WSU’s Lav Khot, center, accepts the National Excellence in Multistate Research Award, Nov. 6, at the APLU Annual Meeting in Denver, Colo., with colleague and team academic advisor Randy Raper, right, and Gary Thompson, executive…
WSU IAREC intern to spend year exploring the science behind agriculture
Posted by samantha_bridger | October 13, 2022
When Alfredo “Freddy” Reyes was working in Yakima Valley orchards as a youth, he didn’t know he’d someday be studying the science behind tree fruit crops. Now he’s gaining valuable agricultural experiences in the field…
The Washington State University, Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center (WSU Prosser IAREC) is the focal point for the University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), and the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) research, extension, and plant certification programs that address the concerns of irrigated agriculture.
An estimated two-thirds of the agricultural production in the state comes from irrigated land, making such research of vital interest to Washington’s economy, both for intrastate distribution and exportation.