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Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center

Employment Opportunity: Agricultural Research Technologist 3

This position has been reposted and will close July 22nd, 2018.

The Plant Pathology department at the Puyallup Research and Extension Center has an opening for an Agricultural Research Technologist 3. Full position details and application information at WSU Jobs (127307).

Summary of Duties

Under direction of a PI, performs senior level research and investigative research relating to the management of diseases of ornamental bulb and cut flower crops, Christmas trees, and ornamental and conifer nursery crops. Positions are responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating assigned experiments under minimal direction; developing and testing investigative procedures; managing personnel; analyzing complex statistical data; and preparing rough manuscript drafts for technical papers. » More …

WSU scientist’s species discovery helps save colorful peony from ugly disease

Student researcher Andrea Garfinkel chats with a farm worker in a Netherlands peony field.Student researcher Andrea Garfinkel, right, chats with a farm worker in a Netherlands peony field during a 2015 visit. For the past three years, Garfinkel has researched diseases of peonies, discovering multiple new species of the Botrytis pathogen.
A symbol of good fortune and happy marriage, the peony has been a beloved centerpiece of floral arrangements and wedding bouquets for hundreds of years.

Pacific Northwest farmers have found success growing these bountiful blooms for a thriving global market. But they’re held back by a devastating … » More …

Markus Flury wins soil physics medal

Dr. Markus Flury taking a soil sample.
Soil scientist Markus Flury takes soil samples at the Hanford nuclear reservation, studying movement of radioactive compounds.

For more than 20 years, Markus Flury has studied how the soil and water under our feet interact, influencing the food we eat and the water we drink.

Now, the Washington State University soil scientist’s achievements have earned him a prestigious accolade from the Soil Science Society of America: The Don and Betty Kirkham Soil Physics Award. » More …

PhD student given Award of Excellence by GPSA

Congratulations are in order for Henry Sintim, a PhD candidate in the Crop and Soil Sciences program at WSU Puyallup.

Sintim was recently selected for the Award of Excellence by The Graduate & Professional Student Association (GPSA) for his accomplishments and contributions as a Research Assistant during the 2016-2017 academic year. » More …

Graduate Student Wins Alexander A. Smick Scholarship

Andrea Garfinkel
Graduate student Andrea Garfinkel

WSU Puyallup REC would like to congratulate graduate student Andrea Garfinkel for being selected as a 2017 Alexander A. Smick Scholarship in Rural Community Service and Development winner.

Garfinkel was selected for not just her impressive application but also her commitment to rural community service and agricultural outreach in Alaska. Since 2013 she and her advisor, Dr. Gary Chastagner, have traveled to Alaska at least once per growing season to meet with farmers—many being first-time farmers who benefit immensely from Garfinkel and Chastagner’s knowledge and experience. » More …

Graduate Student Awarded at Biosolids Meeting

WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center would like to extend congratulations to graduate student Nathan Stacey for his recent award at the annual Northwest Biosolids meeting.

Stacey’s poster for the meeting was voted as the best one among the graduate students in attendance. His poster covered some initial results from using a composted biosolid as a nutrient substitute on a golf course fairway—a project he is working on.

Stacey has been with Puyallup REC since 2011 and is pursuing his Ph.D in Crop and Soil sciences.

Faculty Member Receives NRCS Grant

WSU Puyallup Animal Sciences faculty member Joe Harrison has been selected as a grant recipient through the Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Conservation Innovation Grant (CIG) program. NRCS is a branch of the United States Department of Agriculture

Joe Harrison is an Animal Sciences faculty member at WSU Puyallup.
Joe Harrison is an Animal Sciences faculty member at WSU Puyallup.

Dr. Harrison will receive $460,010 from NRCS to support his project—“Mobile System for Nutrient (Phosphorus) Recovery and Cost Efficient Nutrient Transport.” The project has also received an additional $150,000 in match funding from the Washington Dairy industry. » More …

Graduate student wins award for presentation

WSU Puyallup graduate student Andrea Garfinkel received the award for Best Oral Presentation at the 12th International Symposium on Flower Bulbs and Herbaceous Perennials in Kunming, China.

The conference, which is sponsored by the International Society for Horticultural Science, is held every four years and is attended by researchers from around the world. In late June Andrea accompanied her advisor Gary Chastagner and research technologist Annie Debauw to present their research.

At the conference, Andrea gave a presentation titled, “Identification of Botrytis paeoniae microsatellites to track potential pathogen movement on peony rootstock using Ion Proton technology.” She was surprised to be announced as the winner … » More …