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An up-close of olives on branches

It took a small but intrepid group of farmers to show that Oregon could be a center for grape growing and wine production. Now another small group is trying to prove the case for olive oil production. Enter Javier Fernandez-Salvador. The OSU...


A wolf dragging a sea otter carcass above the tideline at Point Gustavus in Alaska. Photo credit: Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Wolves on an Alaskan island caused a deer population to plummet and switched to primarily eating sea otters in just a few years, a finding scientists at Oregon State University and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game believe is the first...

Taal Levi | January 2023 | Read full story

Oregon Pollinator License Plate

In order for production to begin we must first sell 3,000 license plate vouchers. When we are close to reaching our sales goal, a physical voucher will be sent to you in the mail. To redeem your voucher, simply bring it to any Oregon DMV...


David Leer holds on as his dog Daphne scouts for voles in a research project using dogs to find active vole holes.  Credit Vanessa Blackstone

Vole activity was off the charts in western Oregon from 2018-2021, according to Nick Andrews, Oregon State University Extension Service organic vegetable crop specialist. Crops disappeared, pastures were ruined and young blueberries and orchard...


Joy Waite-Cusic conducts laboratory work as part of her food safety research.

To Joy Waite-Cusic, water, romaine lettuce and onions illustrate the different worlds researchers encounter when they study produce safety.


A 40-foot sperm whale stranded on a beach in Oregon died after it was struck by a ship. Photo: OREGON PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT

There are many different whale species in the waters off the coast of Oregon, although the...

January 2023 | Read full story

2023 Frances Dancy Hooks Award: Dana Sanchez with Maria Chávez-Haroldson

Congratulations to Dr. Dana Sanchez for receiving the 2023 Frances Dancy Hooks Award!

The Frances Dancy Hooks Award was first awarded in 1994 when Frances Dancy Hooks, a longtime civil rights activist, and her husband Reverend...

Dana Sanchez | January 2023 | Read full story

Manzanita provides needed nourishment for bees in winter. Photo by Neil Bell.

During the bleak days of winter, bees and other pollinators look to gardeners for the nourishment that keeps them going until the more abundant seasons of the year arrive.


plastic bottles smashed for recyling (Photo Credit: Lisa Risager/flickr)

Everywhere they look, Pacific Northwest scientists find teeny-tiny plastic pollution. Broken down particles are in our water, falling out of the air, in salmon, shellfish and in our own bodies. Scientists, environmental advocates and Democratic...


The Letitia Carson Legacy Project

Salem, OR – The Letitia Carson Legacy Project presents the Letitia Carson Digital History Collection, an online database to support the continued study of Letitia Carson. This new resource is made...

Lauren Gwin | January 2023 | Read full story

Lane Selman thinks winter vegetables are under-appreciated and she wants to change that! The Oregon State University professor and creator of the Culinary Breeding Network joined us to share her tasty tips. For recipes using our local area’s...

Lane Selman | January 2023 | Read full story

Cantal cheese

Consumers are willing to pay more for familiar, versus unfamiliar, varieties of cheese if there is a sticker on the cheese indicating it won an award or if sensory information about the cheese – such as a description of its taste or food...


The Miller Lake lamprey is the smallest landlocked parasitic lamprey in the world. (Courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife)

Using hook and line to ply the waters of Miller Lake all summer, Jordan Ortega caught brown trout with an unlikely purpose in mind, and it panned out in spades. Ortega would inspect the bellies of these browns and, sure enough, find little...


Scott Lafontaine, a graduate student at Oregon State, operates an automated brewery system | Department of Food Science and Technology, Oregon State University

When people learn that Cade Jobe is studying ...

Cade Jobe | January 2023 | Read full story

Alec Levin

Following a comprehensive internal search with extensive stakeholder engagement, Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has named Dr. Alexander (Alec) Levin as the director of the Southern...


Clover

Q: I am currently sheet-mulching the last of my traditional lawn and am looking to till and seed it during the spring. I’ve been considering micro clover or Envirolawn. Can you tell me the pros and cons of each and which will work best in my...


OSU researcher Charles Nye performs a serial dilution on the killer whale DNA taken from the crab pot line it was ensnared in (left); the carcass of the killer whale off the Oregon Coast, outside of Bandon in the summer of 2022.

Earlier this year, KLCC reported on a killer whale carcass spotted off the Oregon Coast. While the carcass was never recovered, an Oregon State University researcher has made some determinations from its genetic residue.

Charles Nye | January 2023 | Read full story