100 years of hophead history (Portland Monthly)

These historical photos from Oregon State University reveal the early years of the region’s obsession with hops, beer, and boozy picnics.

‘Frankenfish’: Why school projects are a threat to the Great Lakes (Toronto Star)

Samuel Chan is a scientist with the Oregon State University and specializes in invasive species. “Natural disasters can carry organisms from one place to another in a weird way,” he says. These disasters include earthquakes, storms and flooding.

Northwest growers worry about antibiotic ban (Northwest Public Radio)

Researchers at Washington State University and Oregon State University are studying alternative treatments to fire blight.

Ocean Watch adventure awaits mid-valley students (Democrat-Herald)

Oregon State University 4-H has received $30,000 funding for the camp which will serve up to 57 youth entering grades 10 through 12.

Cows fed flaxseed produce more nutritious dairy products says study (Farm and Ranch Guide)

Dairy cows that are fed flaxseed produce more nutritious milk, according to a new study by Oregon State University.

Can plants actually talk and hear? (Mother Nature Network)

For some plants, these embolisms are deadly — as with human blood vessels — because the gas bubbles block the flow of water. The more air in the tubes, the harder it is for plants to pull in water, explains Katherine McCulloh, a plant ecophysiologist at Oregon State University. But researchers who eavesdrop on plant hydraulics are discovering that certain species, like pine trees and Douglas firs, can repair the damage on a daily or even an hourly basis.

‘Fruit fly’ becoming more prevalent in Rogue Valley (Daily Tidings)

Damage caused by the fly, which can ruin berry and cherry crops, “has gotten worse every year and certainly is not going to get better,” said Rick Hilton, an entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Jackson County.

Extension spotlight: Master gardeners cultivate knowledge (News-Register)

Oregon State University Extension each year trains about 850 new Master Gardener volunteers statewide. These volunteers pay to take an 11-week program to learn about a wide variety of gardening topics to build on their existing skills.

This nanotech ‘lily pad’ could obliterate stormwater pollution (OPB)

Puralytics will be working with Oregon State University’s Institute for Water and Watersheds to test the treatment system in artificial ponds for the next six months. The company received at $53,000 grant from Oregon BEST to help turn the lily pad into a marketable product.

Above-ground gardening: Six raised beds if you have bad soil (Statesman Journal)

“By building raised beds, you instantaneously can have good garden loam,” said Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Raised beds answer the question of how we garden in inhospitable areas that are too sandy, too wet or have too much clay.”

All water is not created equally (Massage Magazine)

“In America we’re spending $20,000 every minute of every day on bottled water…and tap water that originally cost maybe 5 cents a gallon can be sold now for $4 a gallon,” said Todd Jarvis, associate professor at Oregon State University. “Twenty-five to 40 percent of what is on store shelves is just tap water that has undergone additional treatment or had minerals added at the bottling plant.”

Teachers inadvertently spread invasive species (Audubon Society Magazine)

Sam Chan, a biologist who researches invasive species at Oregon State University, is currently leading the collaborative project with U.S. and Canadian researchers. A survey of nearly 2,000 teachers found that schools had released dozens of well-known invasive species, like crayfish, waterweeds, mosquito fish, and red-eared slider turtles.

OSU research tracks stripe rust on susceptible wheat (Capital Press)

Stripe rust is spreading quickly on susceptible wheat varieties in Oregon State University test plots, extension cereal specialist Mike Flowers says.

Loss of oxytetracycline will leave gap in the tool box (Capital Press)

Ken Johnson, professor of plant pathology at Oregon State University, who was also at the Portland meetings, said, “Somebody on the board made the statement that the impact of plant antibiotic use is so small (as a reason for their vote). Organic standards don’t have to be 100 percent science-based.”

Fruit fly attacking Oregon berries (Fresh Plaza)

The fly came from Asia four years ago and has infested the entire United States, preferring to lay its larvae on cherries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, making them unfit to eat or market, said Rick Hilton, an entomologist with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Jackson County.

SNNI’s proactive approach to healthier and safer nanomaterial (Micromeritics)

SNNI researchers have access to a vast array of shared-user facilities and labs across ONAMI at Oregon State University, the University of Oregon, Portland State University and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. These facilities provide advanced measurement and fabrication services that allow industrial and academic SNNI researchers to meet the initiatives goals.

How to keep eggs fresher and longer (Bend Bulletin)

In four weekly installments, Glenda Hyde, family community health staff with the Oregon State University Extension Service in Redmond, offers practical and safe food storage and handling tips for common household perishables.

Cooperative research project should speed barley advances (Capital Press)

Oregon State University researcher Patrick Hayes anticipates the next few years will bring rapid advancements in barley breeding from his program and the public-sector in general.

Eye of the storm (Sustainable Industries)

At its four partner universities (Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon), Oregon BEST has established a network of seven shared-user research facilities.

Editorial: Science is there, politics is not (Daily Astorian)

Terra is Oregon’s best magazine. Published by Oregon State University, the quarterly covers a broad array of science and social science as well as the arts.

Ore. studies if seabirds eating protected salmon (Register-Guard)

Swart said department personnel do the shooting and check the birds’ stomachs. If the contents are not clearly salmon, they are sent to a lab at Oregon State University for identification, and sometimes DNA analysis.

Princeton University names CHS alum as next president (Gazette-TImes)

Former Corvallis resident Christopher L. Eisgruber has been named president of Princeton University. His mother, Eva, worked at Oregon State University and his father, Ludwig, was on the faculty. Both are since deceased.

Newport marine business conference set for May 1 (Democrat-Herald)

Keynote speaker for the two-day conference is Rick Spinrad, vice president of research at Oregon State University.

Boost your garden’s soil – naturally (KATU)

If your soil is already dark, crumbly, earthy-smelling and full of worms, or if your plants seem happy and healthy, your soil may not need amendments.  But most home gardens could use a little boost, especially for veggies, annuals and new plantings. A test can help. Oregon State University Master Gardeners can help you find a testing service.

The new edibles are nutritious, delicious and gorgeous (Seattle Times)

Bred by horticulture professor Jim Myers of Oregon State University in Corvallis, ‘Indigo Rose’ starts out green, turns purple in the sun and ripens to burgundy. The compact plant is moderately vigorous and prolific.

What makes Anderson Lake so unusually toxic? Scientists trying to find out (Peninsula Daily News)

With funding in part from the state Department of Ecology and water sampling help from Jefferson County Public Health, researchers at Oregon State University are scrutinizing types of blue-green algae that live in Anderson Lake.

Challenges and benefits await small farms (Argus Observer)

“The whole family needs to be in on the dream,” said Gary Stephenson, Oregon State University Extension Small Farm Program, adding that some family members might not enjoy having to wake up at 4 a.m. for some chore.

Panel ok’s bill calling for three-year canola ban in Willamette Valley (Capital Press)

The department plans to contract with Oregon State University to conduct the study, and, under the bill, OSU must report findings of its study to a committee by Nov. 1, 2016.

Conquer produce aisle confusion to ditch grocery guilt (Oregonian)

Virtually everyone cares to some degree about all four factors, says Cathy Durham, an Oregon State University researcher who studies consumer food choices. They’re increasingly likely to answer “yes” to organic and local. The organic industry has enjoyed rapid growth in recent years, reaching $31.5 billion in sales in 2011, according to findings from the Organic Trade Association.

Orange and black throughout Capitol on OSU Day (Statesman Journal)

It’s Oregon State University Day at the state Capitol. Students from the university participated in opening floor ceremonies, manned educational booths and met with legislators. From orange suits to striped ties, even state lawmakers donned the school’s orange and black colors to show their support. (see also Capital Press)

Company develops solar-powered floating device to clean water (Portland Tribune)

Puralytics will work with faculty and students at Oregon State University’s Institute for Water and Watersheds to evaluate the concept, establish design parameters and generate testing data. OSU’s research team will construct artificial ponds or tanks to study the devices.

Popular bees (Idaho Agrobusiness Today)

Move over backyard chickens. Here come honeybees. They’re an emerging homesteading trend, according to a honeybee expert at Oregon State University. OSU Prof. and researcher Ramesh Sagili says “People are starting to see the importance of bees as pollinators and added that interest in beekeeping has picked up in the wake of news about a national decline in honeybees.

Clever kids eat fish (BabyExpert)

Professor Michael Morissey, director of the Oregon State University Seafood Laboratory, says, ‘Although young children and pregnant women should avoid eating shark, swordfish and Spanish mackerel, eating 12oz a week of a variety of fish is good for a healthy brain and eyesight.’

Soil parasite costs Pacific Northwest wheat growers $51 million in lost revenue (AgInfo.Net)

Transparent and thinner than a human hair, a parasitic roundworm is costing Pacific Northwest wheat growers $51 million in lost revenue each year because it’s cutting grain yields by an average of about 5 percent, according to Oregon State University researchers’ estimates.

Is food just a cocktail of hormones? (Scientific American)

It’s not very appetizing to think of food as a cocktail of hormones, but it may help explain how diet affects health. “It’s really clear,” says Donald Jump, a biochemist at Oregon State University, “that food is just a pile of biochemicals.”

Long live the purity seeds for broccoli (Christian Science Monitor)

A 2006 Oregon State University study concludes “the best solution” is “canola-free zones” to protect against growing or transporting canola through the parts of the valley dedicated to the seed industry. Removal of weedy canola plants “would be onerous and perhaps impossible.” A buffer of at least five miles is needed for protection.

Pediatrics group cautions against pesticide use in homes and gardens (Oregonian)

Governments, including Metro, master gardeners affiliated with the Oregon State University Extension Service and others are nudging Northwesterners toward Rappaport’s gardening style, encouraging healthier, less chemical-dependent practices.

Preparing to install the world’s largest underwater observatory (R&D Magazine)

Seafloor pressure and tilt sensors, developed by Bill Chadwick at Oregon State University, that detect pressure buildup below the ocean floor.

Soil roundworm parasite costs wheat growers $51 million in lost revenue, says OSU (Albany Tribune)

A microscopic parasitic roundworm is costing Pacific Northwest wheat growers $51 million in lost revenue each year because it’s cutting grain yields by an average of about 5 percent, according to estimates by Oregon State University researchers.

4-H sees growth, thanks its leaders (Hood River News)

Oregon State University 4-H held its leadership appreciation banquet Sunday, following at successful 2012. The event was held at Hood River County Fairgrounds.

Proposed cuts could end 4-H, other OSU Extension programs here (Daily Tidings)

Jackson County’s funding for the Oregon State University Extension Service is on the chopping block for the next fiscal year, meaning no funding for 4-H or other Extension programs and potential closure of the facility, officials say. (see also OPB, Medford Mail Tribune)

GMOS: Why so controversial? (Daily Astorian)

“There’s no evidence that it’s harmful,” said Steven Strauss, a biotechnology professor at Oregon State University. His topic was genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foods.

Modified canola proposal studied (Register-Guard)

During the three-year interval, the state would fund a study at Oregon State University examining canola’s mobility and cross-pollination potential with other valley crops, and what the economic impact would be if the ban were lifted. The report would be presented to lawmakers to inform their long-term decision.

Organic standards board rejects effort to continue antibiotic use on apples and pears (Washington Post)

Two alternatives to antibiotics — a yeast-based product called Blossom Perfect and a new, less damaging copper spray called Previsto — have performed well in trials, according to Ken Johnson, a plant pathologist at Oregon State University. But despite that promise, Johnson said he believes 2014 is probably too soon to make oxytetracyline off-limits at organic orchards.

Six raised beds to try if you have bad soil (Democrat-Herald)

“By building raised beds, you instantaneously can have good garden loam,” said Ross Penhallegon, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Raised beds answer the question of how we garden in inhospitable areas that are too sandy, too wet or have too much clay.”

Unmanned aviation vehicle to check out acres of potatoes (OPB)

Researchers with Oregon State University believe new remote-controlled aircraft could help farmers better manage resources in the field, lowering their costs while increasing yield of high-value crops.

OSU scientists turn wine-making waste into biodegradable products (KGW)

Now scientists at Oregon State University have begun turning that waste into potential profit. They created a way to turn the grape pulp into biodegradable containers. The flower pots can be planted right into the ground. (see also NW Cable News)

Food insecurity on the rise in Benton County (The Corvallis Advocate)

Anne Hoisington, MS, RD, and senior instructor with the OSU Extension program, researches community and household food security.

Saturday: Marine Science day (Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will allow the public to explore “behind the scenes” Saturday when the Newport facility hosts its annual Marine Science Day.

Gardening with disabilities (Statesman Journal)

Pat Patterson, a Master Gardener trained by the Oregon State University Extension Service, does not let a bad back or an artificial knee keep her from her garden.

More Oregon wolves, fewer funds for livestock losses (KTVZ)

Jefferson and Crook counties sponsored a wolf forum that attracted about 50 ranchers,” says Barber. “The forum focused on prevention and non-lethal methods to reduce interaction between wolves and livestock, and featured guest speakers from ODFW and Oregon State University.”

Surprise: Organic apples and pears aren’t free of antibiotics (Vermont Public Radio)

Apples and especially pears are vulnerable to a nasty bacterial infection called fire blight that, left unchecked, can spread quickly, killing fruit trees and sometimes devastating whole orchards. ”It’s basically like a gangrene of your limbs. It’s hard to stop” once it takes a hold, says Ken Johnson, a plant pathologist at Oregon State University. (see also NPR)

Research and Extension Center face $66K funding cut (Herald & News)

Oregon State University’s Klamath Basin Research and Extension Center is facing a $66,000 cut in funding from Klamath County.

Hatfield Marine Science Center opens doors wide on Saturday (Oregonian)

On any given day at the Hatfield Marine Science Center, you can explore the tide pools, hang out with the resident octopus or learn about everything from invasive species to earthquakes.

OSU bassers headed to college fishing’s national championship (Statesman Journal)

The Beavers bass fishing team is headed to the FLW College Fishing National Championship April 19-21 in Rogers, Ark. Oregon State’s  Zach MacDonald and Ryan Sparks will join 24 other teams to compete for the title of national champion in this three-day nationally televised event.

Ashes, ashes, can we put them all around? (Courier Gazette)

Dan Sullivan, soil scientist with the Oregon State University Extension Service says that wood ash can be useful in home gardens, in your compost pile or as a pest repellent.

Drones will fly over Eastern Oregon potato fields in order to spot plant problems (Oregonian)

Agricultural researchers will begin testing two small, remote-controlled aircraft this month, flying them over potato fields in the Hermiston area as part of Oregon State University’s efforts to help farmers more efficiently use water, fertilizer and pesticides. (see also Willamette Week, Potato Grower News)

Arsenic in beer may come from widely used filtering process (NPR)

It turns out that any beer or wine that’s clear has been filtered to strain out plant matter, yeast, and anything else that would leave a drink looking unappealingly cloudy. ”It’s really there for aesthetics,” says Tom Shellhammer, a professor of fermentation science at Oregon State University. “People in general will make positive quality associations with clearer beverages.”

What do birds do for us? (Audubon Magazine)

And at Oregon State University, researchers use microphones to mechanically monitor bird songs in the western Cascade Mountains during (and before) the breeding season. “The minute the bird arrives from its wintering grounds, you know when it showed up,” says Matt Betts, an associate professor of landscape ecology.

Live tsunami fish take slow boat to Washington state (NBC)

The rest of the fish were sent to Oregon State University, where biologists will analyze their ear bones to determine their age and also look at their stomach contents and reproductive status. (see also Washington Post, Daily Mail, L.A. Times)

Idaho beekeepers deal with bee deaths (Idaho Statesman Journal)

Oregon State University’s 2011 Pacific Northwest Beekeeper Pollination survey, which includes Idaho, Oregon and Washington, found that the rental fee per hive per year has been growing since 1986.

Oregon State wins Carhartt College Series Regional Championship (FishingWorld)

Just a day ago, on Saturday, Zach MacDonald and Ryan Sparks of Oregon State University broke the record for the biggest one-day catch in a Carhartt Bassmaster College Series tournament with a 29-pound, 7-ounce daily limit. And they promptly lost it. But today, they set another record, and this time they get to hold onto it for a while.

Some deep-sea microbes are hungry for rocket fuel (NPR)

The creatures living in these vents are mostly single-celled organisms. “When you do see them in the microscope they don’t always look very spectacular,” says Rick Colwell a geomicrobiologist at Oregon State University. But don’t let their modest appearance fool you: These microbes are unlike almost anything on Earth. They’re bacterialike creatures called Archaea, and they can survive without oxygen.

Three minutes to change the world (Gazette-Times)

But in just three minutes, the Oregon State University horticulture student managed to convey that planting cover crops in vineyards and turning them into mulch can conserve soil moisture, improve vine growth and deliver other benefits for Oregon wine producers.

Bill that aims to cut pesticide use by Oregon state agencies gains support (Oregonian)

State agencies would unify efforts and measure results under a new interagency committee headed by Oregon State University’s Paul Jepson, the state’s IPM coordinator since 2002.

Free beauty (Mail Tribune)

The species fritillaria gentneri was unknown to science until the 1940s, when a teenage Jacksonville girl named Laura Gentner took one to her father, an entomologist with the Southern Oregon Experiment Station. It was tagged a new species by Oregon State University scientists, who named it after the Gentner family.

Bill to boost OSU fermentation science gets a boost (Capital Press)

Jeff Edgerton, brewmaster at BridgePort Brewing Co. in Portland, said he looks for graduates of Oregon State University’s food science program when he hires at his brewery. Steve McCarthy of Clear Creek Distillery in Portland said his last four hires have been OSU food science graduates.

Tips for the aging gardener (Oregonian)

Older citizens looking for an activity that will help bolster whole-person health — physical and mental — might want to start by getting their hands dirty. That’s the message from Janice Gregg of the Oregon State University Extension Office in Linn County, who teaches classes on “Gardening for Healthy Aging.”

Dairy day a hit at Oregon capitol (Capital Press)

Oregon State University animal sciences major Matt Jansen, who grew up on a dairy farm in Forest Grove and is a member of the OSU Dairy Club, came to the Capitol “to help out, because I love the dairy industry,” he said.

Groundfish trawl excluder tests ‘cut halibut by-catch by 57 percent’ (Undercurrent News)

Researchers at Oregon State University in the US have tested a new type of bycatch reduction device that could significantly reduce the incidental bycatch of Pacific halibut from commercial bottom trawl fishermen.

Marine predators and prey density (Inside Higher Ed)

In today’s Academic Minute, Oregon State University’s Kelly Benoit-Bird examines why safety marine prey species do not always find safety in numbers. Benoit-Bird is an associate professor of ocean ecology and biochemistry at Oregon State, where she leads the Pelagic Ecology Lab.

Public invited behind doors of HMSC (Newport News-Times)

Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center will allow the public to explore “behind the scenes” of its facility on Saturday, April 13, when the center hosts its annual Marine Science Day.

Wolves teach scientists their limitations (The Chronicle of Higher Education)

His fitness had a flip side, though. The lone wolf’s genes quickly became a new source of inbreeding. “His positive effect was powerful but very short-lived,” says Michael P. Nelson, an environmental philosopher at Oregon State University and longtime collaborator with the Isle Royale study.

KCC, OSU expand ag program (Capital Press)

Klamath Community College has announced plans to develop an on-campus farm and partner with Oregon State University to offer degrees in agricultural sciences at KCC’s Klamath Falls campus. (see also Herald & News)

Lack of rain breaking records in Salem area (Statesman Journal)

The second-driest start to the year on record was 2011, said Kathie Dello, deputy director of the Oregon Climate Service at Oregon State University.

Gardeners, be on the lookout for pest (Mail Tribune)

Gardeners and nurseries should be on the lookout this spring for a relatively new pest in Oregon that damages azaleas and rhododendrons, according to experts with the Oregon State University Extension Service.

Water conflict wars (Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog)

The Water Events database, where I found these examples, is just one of many resources you will find at the Oregon State University (OSU) website for their Program in Water Conflict Management and Transformation. Other resources include an International Freshwater Treaties Database (summaries and full text of more than 400 international, freshwater-related agreements from 1820 to 2007); an International River Basins Register (lists the world’s international river basins); U.S. Interstate Freshwater Compacts Water Conflict and Cooperation Bibliography; and my personal favorite, the International Water Event Database.

Supporters tell lawmakers about benefits of OSU statewide services (Capital Press)

Charley Coury drove to Salem from his wood products company in Springfield March 27 to urge lawmakers to increase funding for Oregon State University’s Forest Research Laboratory. Coury, general manager of 9Wood Inc., displayed to lawmakers in the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Education a wood-ceiling product his company has developed with the help of the laboratory.

Bills to regulate GMOS ‘unwise,’ professor tells panel (Capital Press)

Steve Strauss, professor of forest biotech at Oregon State University and director of the university’s Outreach in Biotechnology program, said the bills “are based on poor science … fundamentally undemocratic … and appear to contradict federal regulations.”

Search is on for tetracycline replacement in organic orchards (Capital Press)

The industry’s long-term goal is to develop host resistance, said Ken Johnson, professor of plant pathology at Oregon State University. But in the meantime, treatments are being developed to deal with floral infection in susceptible cultivars.

Researchers: Invasive seaweed from tsunami dock poses threat to Oregon (The Asahi Shimbun)

he dock from Misawa port in Aomori Prefecture drifted to Oregon in June last year after the tsunami generated by the quake struck northeastern Japan in March a year earlier, sending waves of floating debris across the Pacific. Researchers at Oregon State University sent algae samples and photos for analyses.

States, colleges lobbying cost tops $1 million (Statesman Journal)

Oregon Health and Science University, the University of Oregon, the Oregon Institute of Technology and Oregon State University together paid $710,000. State and university officials, who plan to renew their lobbying contracts this year, say they recouped their investments many times over through congressional appropriations and grants.

House panel cancels hearing on pesticides bill (Statesman Journal)

The bill would set up an interagency council, staffed by the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University, and require agencies to develop and coordinate strategies for integrated pest management. The bill would apply only to state agency operations on state-owned lands.