• Field sorting could bring a bonus

Field sorting could bring a bonus

  • December 1st, 2009

The recently planted WSU research orchard will allow study of planting designs for the future.

One of the new technologies Washington State University entomologist Dr. Jay Brunner expects and hopes to see in the next decade is automated sorting of fruit in the field. Apart from reducing a grower’s costs [...]

MSU leads RosBREED project

  • November 1st, 2009

Michigan State University researchers will lead a four-year, $14.4-million grant-funded research project aimed at improving fruit quality, collaborating with nearly a dozen U.S. ­institutions and six international partners.

Dr. Amy Iezzoni, MSU cherry breeder, heads the RosBREED project, aiming to combine emerging DNA sequence and research findings to improve the [...]

  • Promoting fruit size in Bartlett pear

Promoting fruit size in Bartlett pear

  • September 1st, 2009

A research report from Dr. David Sugar, Oregon State University, Medford
Bartlett pear growers practice a variety of techniques to increase the size of the fruit on their trees, in order to take advantage of the greater value returned for large fruit. Hard pruning, detailed hand thinning, and precise [...]

  • WANTED: dwarfing pear rootstock

WANTED: dwarfing pear rootstock

  • September 1st, 2009

Since the pear industry still lacks a dwarfing rootstock, Dr. Todd Einhorn is experimenting with ways to improve light penetration in standard pear trees.

A dwarfing pear rootstock—equivalent to a Malling 9 rootstock for apples or Gisela rootstock for cherries—is needed so that pear growers can improve production efficiency and [...]

  • High density is tricky in pears

High density is tricky in pears

  • September 1st, 2009

OSU horticulturist Dr. Todd Einhorn is experimenting to find out the best angle to train branches of d’Anjou pear trees to discourage suckering and promote early fruiting.

Agricultural economist Clark Seavert devised the Competitive Orchard System several years ago to help pear growers lower costs and improve returns.

Seavert, former superintendent [...]

  • Bigger and better cherries

Bigger and better cherries

  • August 1st, 2009

Fran Pierce (left) and Mark Hanrahan check Kiona cherries for size. Kiona, a cross of Glacier and Cashmere, is one of the most recent releases from WSU.

Washington State University’s cherry breeder, Dr. Nnadozie Oraguzie, hopes to develop a suite of new varieties that don’t have the shortcomings of today’s [...]

Bee parasite sequenced

  • August 1st, 2009

U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists at the Bee Research Laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, have sequenced the genome of a parasite called Nosema ceranae that can kill honeybees and is suspected of playing a role in colony collapse disorder. They have also almost finished sequencing the genome of a related [...]

  • In search of superior apples

In search of superior apples

  • July 1st, 2009

Dr. Cameron Peace checks block of seedlings resulting from the intercrossing of parents that have been used in WSU’s breeding program.

Tree fruit geneticist Dr. Cameron Peace is planting 2,500 trees in Wenatchee, Washington, that he expects will play a role in the development of superior apple varieties.

The 4.5-acre apple [...]

Research revealed

  • July 1st, 2009

Washington State University’s new research orchard needs industry support, says Dr. Jay Brunner.

Washington State University will hold a field day on July 22 to showcase its new research orchard located at Sunrise Lane between Wenatchee and Quincy.

WSU bought Sunrise Orchard in 2006 to replace the research blocks at the [...]