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Lisa Brinkman, Water Mandala, 2021. Eco-prints of sumac, eucalyptus, geranium, and maple on raw silk canvas, cold wax and oils. 40” x 30”

Art About Agriculture’s annual exhibition of agriculture and natural resource-themed artwork by Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has started a...

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Waves roll in at Gold Beach on the Oregon coast. Photo by Tiffany Woods, Oregon Sea Grant.

Ford Evans, College of Agricultural Sciences: Feeding seaweed to sea urchins that are collected from the wild and farmed in tanks to fatten them up and improve their market value.


Moles can be destructive to the garden. Photo by Link576

Spring brings buds and blooms, but it also brings moles, voles and gophers. The small mammals take gardeners to their knees to peer down tunnels, set traps and toss in everything from kitty litter to gum. They wage war against the critters...


calf in the Steer-A-Year program

Dr. David Bohnert, Director and Professor, Eastern Oregon Agricultural Research Center, Burns & Union Stations, Oregon State University says the challenge with sexed semen in the beef industry is that we don’t use AI as much.  This is...


This shows a sagebrush ecosystem in the background that has been encroached by western juniper. In the foreground, researchers are measuring plants where the juniper have been cut. Credit: SageSTEP.

New research led by an Oregon State University scientist provides the first long-term study of methods to control the spread of wildfire in the sagebrush steppe ecosystem that dominates parts of the western United States.


Rose.  © Maria Meester/Shutterstock

"Neglecting to prune your roses will lead to unproductive shrubs," says Oregon State University professor and extension horticulturist Amy Jo Detweiler. Pruning roses promotes new growth and flowering, helps maintain plant health, and on some...


Hazelnuts

At about the same time, Oregon State University (OSU) started to release new varieties bred for the much larger world kernel market. These new varieties targeted higher kernel yield and better flavor profiles. Hazelnuts varieties such as Lewis...

May 2022 | Read full story

Cows graze on farmland on a sunny day. Photo: OPB

Oregon’s drought-stricken lands provide optimal conditions for grasshoppers. Last year, the state saw one of the worst outbreaks in the past 50 years. Grasshoppers, and other insects like Mormon crickets, are feeding on already low supplies of...


Coding moth control

“Trapping is really the foundation of IPM,” said Chris Adams, chair of the codling moth task force. Trapping allows growers to confirm model predictions, inform accurate spray timing, estimate size of later generations and detect patterns in...


Photo of dark hazelnuts.

Newer varieties of hazelnut trees proved more resilient in the ice storm as well as to diseases according to Nik Wiman, an orchard specialist at Oregon State University.


This is a story about passion. And commitment. And family. It’s also a story about plants.


Chris Langdon stands by beakers willed with micro-algae bred at the Coastal Oregon Marine Experiment Station

Oysters are a delicacy and are found on nearly every menu in restaurants up and down the coast. What many people don’t think about is where they come from and the effort that it takes to get them to our plates.

Chris Langdon,...


Shoppers snag some plants at the OSU Extension Master Gardener sale. Photo from OSU Extension Incredible Edibles sale

For gardeners spring really kicks in when the plant sales start. For two years, Oregon State University Extension Service Master Gardener Association plant sales stalled because of COVID-19. As they reappear, shoppers are happily planning their...

April 2022 | Read full story

Grasshopper

In the summer of 2021, Oregon suffered its worst outbreaks of grasshoppers and Mormon crickets in 50 years. Light infestations – six to seven grasshoppers per square yard across 10 acres – will forage as much as one cow. When that increases to...


Rotating crops in a limited space takes planning. File photo. OSU Extension Service

The weather may not be very spring-like, but it takes a lot to keep Oregonians out of their gardens. If you’re one of the diehards, you probably have questions.

April 2022 | Read full story

Logan Bennett

The Small Farms program is a College of Agriculture Sciences program at Oregon State University. Logan will work with campus and field-based agriculture faculty members to provide trusted expertise and science-based knowledge to address...


Soil preparation and conditioning are key when working with organic crops. Here, surface-applied sulfur is used during bed prep. Photo by Scott Lukas

“Low rainfall in the semi-arid region east of the Cascades has slowed the natural soil acidification process, resulting in calcareous soils with pH values far too high for an acidophilic plant like blueberry,” explains Dr. Scott Lukas,...


Image of hand holding cone of Beaver Classic ice cream sold from Beaver Classic food truck in background

Some people have ice in their veins. Sarah Masoni’s got ice cream in her blood.


American Rivers named the Colorado (here winding through canyons near Page, Ariz.) the most endangered river in the United States. Credit: Stephen Edmonds, Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

The annual list of America’s Most Endangered Rivers includes practical calls to action to turn the tide on threatened U.S. waterways.

Adam Ward | April 2022 | Read full story

Surendra Dara, director for the North Willamette Research and Extension Center.  Photo: George Plaven/Capital Press

Before coming to Oregon, Dara spent 13 years as an entomologist with the University of California Cooperative Extension in San Luis Obispo, specializing in strawberries and other small fruits and vegetables.


Calf birthing clinic in Prineville

After local rancher Dennis Doherty struggles with a calf being born upside down and backwards, he wanted to discover new ways to deal with these unique situations.

April 2022 | Read full story

A Zasso electric weed control unit mounted on a tractor demonstrates its capabilities. Photo by Marcelo Moretti, Oregon State University

Marcelo Moretti, Assistant Professor in Horticulture, conducted two studies in 2021 utilizing EWC to manage Italian ryegrass in hazelnut orchards. One study focused on the necessary speed of operation to provide effective weed management. The...


porcupine. Photo Courtesy of Tahoe Wildlife Care Center

Roze admitted he wasn’t very familiar with California porcupines and suggested contacting a different expert — Cara Appel — to learn more about their distribution here and behavior during wildfires. Appel is a PhD student at Oregon State...


A coyote stands alert in deep snow. These wily predators not uncommonly try to steal prey caught by mountain lions—at considerable risk to themselves. PHOTOGRAPH BY TOM MURPHY, NAT GEO IMAGE COLLECTION

“Coyotes are very vigilant” at kill sites, says ...

Taal Levi | April 2022 | Read full story

Jessie Uehling

Jessie Uehling, a mycologist at Oregon State University who studies fungi and their applications that benefit humanity, was appointed last year by Gov. Kate Brown to the advisory board. Her involvement with the board made her realize the need...


National MANRRS 36th Annual Career Workshop group photo

Learn more about the great showing of OSU at this year’s conference, including the National MANRRS Bowl

April 2022 | Read full story

Rachel Leason, manager of the Crescent Moon Ranch, works in the Alpaca Boutique on the ranch in Terrebonne, OR

While it seems like just another way to get customers in the door to buy products, it’s more about telling the story of the product, be it fleece from the alpaca or varietal of grapes.

“When you invite the public to your farm,...


Persistence and dedication are needed to get rid of bindweed; roots left in the soil after cultivation will regenerate in about two weeks so be prepared to pull plants up every three weeks.DeAgostini/Getty Images

With white trumpet-shaped flowers and thin stems that twine around just about anything, bindweed is one of the most frustrating weeds for home gardeners.


Staci Simonich sitting in Strand Agriculture Hall. As of March 28, Simonich is the dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU.

Staci Simonich has been appointed the new dean of the Oregon State University College of Agricultural Sciences, making history as the first female dean in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Prior to her start as dean, Simonich had...


Blossoming fuchsia plants. File photo. (Staten Island Advance/ Bill Lyons)Staff-Shot

Q: I have one in-ground hardy fuchsia, ‘Queen Esther.’ It’s just barely starting to show green on March 27. How much can I cut back the brown stems?

April 2022 | Read full story

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

This multicultural scholar program provides opportunities for Latinx students with family histories of migrant or seasonal agricultural work with $6,500 in tuition support for up to four years as well as paid internship and research experience...

March 2022 | Read full story

Graduation

This fund, founded by Rick and Sylvia Cardwell and his wife, aims to increase opportunities for students who have high financial need and are otherwise disadvantaged.

The DEI Fund

The DEI fund directly...

March 2022 | Read full story

Screenshot of Spanish webpage

The education page was recently translated to Spanish to help current and prospective students and their Spanish-speaking families have better access to information about degree programs. Additional Spanish-language pages will be developed this...

March 2022 | Read full story

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

OSU CAMP (Oregon State University College Assistance Migrant Program), and OSU CAS (College of Agricultural Sciences) is proud to announce five scholarship winners for 2022. This program was developed in response to the immediate need and high...

March 2022 | Read full story

Ben and Jerry's new Dublin Mudslide flavor uses a sustainable spirit made from leftover whey.

Based on cheese production figures from the US Department of Agriculture, more than 100 billion pounds of liquid whey was produced in the United States in 2020. For most large-scale cheesemakers, this isn’t a problem, says Lisbeth Goddik, a...


crop being irrigated

"We do a fair amount of work across different crops on water-use efficiency," said Gordon Jones, an Assistant Professor at the Southern Oregon Research Extension Center. "Not in every case but in many cases in the Rogue Valley there are...


Customers finding their perfect pumpkins. Photo provided by Melissa Fery

Agritourism is becoming increasingly popular. What does it mean for farmers to welcome visitors to their land? Audrey Comerford is an Agritourism Coordinator with Oregon State University Extension. Dianne McGill is the co-owner of True North...


Adam Ward

Following an exhaustive national search, Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has named Dr. Adam Ward as the department head for Biological and Ecological Engineering (BEE)....

Adam Ward | March 2022 | Read full story

Dr. Jerri Bartholomew

Congratulations to Dr. Jerri Bartholomew who was just selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for 2022-2023! This prestigious fellowship provides unique opportunities for scholars to teach and conduct research abroad.


Chicken eggs in incubators before they hatched on the livestream in 2021. Photo by Lindsay Davis.

For the ninth year, the world can watch chickens hatch via the Oregon State University Extension Service livestream.

The livestream started March 25th and will document the chicks as they hatch. The...

March 2022 | Read full story

Researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Idaho have begun to study the impact that wildfires have on cattle.

Juliana Ranches and Jenifer Cruickshank are assistant professors at Oregon State University who have...


OSU Scientists searching for the Beaked Whale. IMAGE: Todd Pusser

Oregon researchers are on the trail of the elusive Hubbs’s beaked whale.

“These are big animals,” says Lisa Ballance, director of OSU’s Marine Mammal Institute. “They’re not planktonic organisms, and we just know next to nothing...


Staci Simmonich

Staci Simonich, a nationally recognized researcher and faculty member who has held numerous leadership positions at Oregon State University over two decades, has been named dean...


statue in a garden

Climate change touches the natural ecosystem in countless ways, and its impact can be seen in our own backyards — and front yards as well as community gardens. Temperature changes and weather events are affecting which plants are thriving in...


Oregon hardiness zone map

Oregon’s hardiness zones range from 6a (-20 to -15) to 8b (15 to 20), with pockets of 5b (-15 to -10) in eastern Oregon. The map doesn’t reflect the coldest it has ever been or ever will be at a specific location, but simply the average lowest...


intricately crafted crocheted donuts by Owen Premore

Premore is the directing curator of “Art About Agriculture,” presented by the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. He tries to reuse materials as much as possible in his artwork, and gets most of his supplies from the...


Gray Whales

Leigh Torres, an associate professor with the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Sciences and part of Oregon Sea Grant Extension, leads a team in field work along the Oregon Coast each summer to collect important data on gray...


An agritourism farm stand by County Line Flowers in Harrisburg. Photo Courtesy of Audrey Comerford

The Oregon State University Extension Service is starting a new online training course this year for farmers statewide interested in starting or expanding agritourism ventures.


Quinoa Harvest

They predict that farmers and ranchers in Oregon will feel the pinch “They use a lot of diesel for their machines,” said Jeff Reimer, professor of applied economics at Oregon State University.


A hand holding red seaweed.

On an unusually sunny January day, the Port of Garibaldi was bustling with incoming hauls of Dungeness crab and fish. But there was another seafood, more unusual in these parts, swirling in 1,500-gallon tanks near the shoreline of Tillamook Bay...


Control conditions coral tank

Led by Oregon State University postdoctoral researcher Rowan McLachlan, the study is important because understanding the factors behind coral health is crucial to efforts to save the Earth’s embattled reefs, the planet’s largest and most...

March 2022 | Read full story

(Former) student Eva Kuhn making cheese in the OSU Creamery

The scholarship is available to students in the department's three study areas: food science, fermentation science and enology and viticulture. The fund is designed to support hands-on learning for students in the program, including internships...

March 2022 | Read full story

European red slug

Invasive slugs and snails are not only troublesome for gardeners – they cause millions of dollars’ worth of damage to crops every year. Ecologist Rory Mc Donnell is on a mission to find evidence-based ways to get rid of these pesky gastropods...


Bull trout

The introduction of non-native species poses challenges to native species, including competition for resources and habitat, exposure to diseases carried by the introduced species and the risk of hybridization, which occurs naturally in wild...


Sweet peas should be planted in spring. Photo by Lynn Ketchum.

Sweet peas are a classic flower in English gardens since they were introduced in the 17th century from southern Italy and have transplanted well to all parts of the world, especially throughout Oregon.

March 2022 | Read full story

You can start seeds in peat or coir pots, peat pellets or egg cartons.

Timely advice on garden chores, fertilizing, pest control, and more from OSU Extension. These tips are not necessarily applicable to all areas of Oregon.

March 2022 | Read full story

Micro-sized tire particles generated from tire tread in the lab of Professor Stacey Harper.

Small particles from tires inhibited the growth and caused adverse behavioral changes in organisms found in freshwater and coastal estuary ecosystems, two new Oregon State University studies found.

The findings are part of a continued...


Patty Driscoll demonstrates proper pruning techniques. Photo: Carrie Mack, Oregon State University.

Knowledge is everything when it comes to pruning mature trees, said Nicole Sanchez, Oregon State University Extension Service horticulturist. But proper, easy-to-understand instructions can be hard to find. To help fill the gap, Sanchez...


bee on blackberry plant. Photo courtesy of Jen Larsen

Oregon Bee Atlas taxonomist Lincoln Best said most bees either live in smaller groups or by themselves and often visit just one plant species their whole lives. So, discovering new bees also means knowing which plants are important for their...

Lincoln Best | February 2022 | Read full story

This graphic depicts a global view of blue corridors for whales, combining satellite tracking data from 845 tags from 50 researchers. Image courtesy the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

A comprehensive new map and report tracking whale migrations around the globe highlights where they go in the high seas and the cumulative impacts the animals face from industrial fishing, ship strikes, pollution, habitat loss and climate...


Car tire parked on a rainwater grate

But the toxic preservative is not the only problem with tire wear particles, says Susanne Brander, an Oregon State University toxicologist and co-chair of a recent California Ocean Science Trust and Ocean Protection Council science advisory...


Maria Del Pilar Alessandri (left) and Kaylyn Kirkpatrick, then graduate students in OSU's College of

Scientists in Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences delved into the mysteries of SCOBY by using DNA sequencing and they found that there are four different types of SCOBY. Each version of SCOBY has distinct combinations of...


Yanyun Zhao, an Oregon State professor, conducts research that turns apple pomace into an environmentally friendly packaging material that could serve as an alternative to plastic.

Yanyun Zhao leads a research team focusing on sustainable food packaging and processing.  She has studied apple pomace and other byproducts from processing fruit and vegetable juice and winemaking as an alternative for recycled newspaper in...

Yanyun Zhao | February 2022 | Read full story

3D Printer for food

3D printing could unlock custom textures, flavors and nutritional content in foods, but cost, capacity and lack of printable ingredients is currently holding the technology back from taking over the market, according to a food expert.

...

Troy Aikman

When Hall of Fame quarterback Troy Aikman looked into making a low-calorie beer that would also taste good he worked closely with Oregon State University.


Alan Sams

Sams announced he will return to Texas A&M University, where he spent nine years as dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences before being hired by OSU in 2018. 

February 2022 | Read full story

Cole Cerrato

The free Science Pub will run from 6 to 7:30 p.m on February 14th. The event will be broadcast on YouTube Live. Registration is required and can be completed at ...

Cole Cerrato | February 2022 | Read full story

Ruth Muchiri and Richard van Breemen

Preclinical research involves using cell cultures and/or animal models to test the safety and efficacy of a new drug candidate, Richard van Breemen explained.

January 2022 | Read full story

Shark

On Feb. 9 at 7 p.m., Friends of Haystack Rock presents Taylor Chapple, “The Science of Sharks: Meeting the Predator Next Door,”  presented on Facebook Live, @Friends of Haystack Rock...


Houses abutting forest in Corvallis, Ore. Credit: Sean Nealon

Researchers from Oregon State University, Montana State University and the U.S. Forest Service found that falling gas prices and, to a lesser extent, rising income levels, drove land development from 1982 to 2000

...

David Lewis | January 2022 | Read full story

Staci Simonich and Lisa Ballance

Lisa Ballance was recognized in the category of biological sciences, and Staci Simonich in the category of chemistry.


Woman butcher

“It is a male-dominated industry, and it has been for a long time,” OSU Professor Carol Lorenzen told The Food Institute. “Women want to be successful, but there are barriers.”


Orcas

“This is the biggest predation event on this planet: the biggest apex predator taking down the biggest prey,” says study co-author Robert Pitman, a marine ecologist at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute. “We don’t have dinosaurs...

January 2022 | Read full story

Agrivoltaics

OSU's Chad Higgins sat down with Science Friday to discuss Agrivoltaics, a way to grow plants and provide solar energy at the same time.

Chad Higgins | January 2022 | Read full story

Strand Hall

As announced by the Provost’s office, Dean Alan Sams has accepted a position at Texas A&M University and will be leaving OSU at the end of February. We are grateful for his leadership and encourage those interested to share their...

January 2022 | Read full story

fossil flower in amber

Oregon State University researchers have described a new legume tree from flowers embedded in several lumps of amber recovered from deep within an amber mine in the mountains of the Dominican Republic.


Dr. Yanyun Zhao

Following a competitive internal search, the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University has named Dr. Yanyun Zhao its newest Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs. She replaces Dr. Dan...

Yanyun Zhao | January 2022 | Read full story

Oregon State University beef extension specialist Juliana Ranches appears on a flier announcing the university’s first RancHER webinar series.

This webinar series in December was organized by Juliana Ranches, Assistant Professor and Beef Extension Specialist at Oregon State University.  This first edition of RancHER was developed to bring information to beef cattle producers by...


Dr. Stuart Reitz

The College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University named Dr. Stuart Reitz as the interim director for the ...

Stuart Reitz | January 2022 | Read full story

Fish lab

Fishing is a big industry in the Northwest, but scientists say only about 30-40% of a fish is consumed by humans. Mostly the byproduct is thrown away or sold for pet food filler. At the Oregon State University Seafood Lab in Astoria,...

Jung Kwon | January 2022 | Read full story

Dr. Surendra Dara

Following an exhaustive national search, Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences has named Dr. Surendra Dara as the director of the ...

January 2022 | Read full story

Hemp

Richard van Breemen, a researcher with Oregon State’s Global Hemp Innovation Center,  and collaborators, including scientists at Oregon Health & Science University, found that a pair of cannabinoid acids bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein...

January 2022 | Read full story

salmon

Magnetite crystals that form inside specialized receptor cells of salmon and other animals may have roots in ancient genetic systems that were developed by bacteria and passed to animals long ago through evolutionary genetics.

This...

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Dallas Cowboys football legend Troy Aikman is launching EIGHT, a light lager based in Austin.

The former Super Bowl XXVII MVP spent two years developing and researching the beer-making process and partnered with Oregon State University's Food and Science Technology Department to pore over his pour options.

January 2022 | Read full story

Hydrophone deployed in a tropical reef region within the National Park of American Samoa. Credit: Tim Clark/National Park Service.

An Oregon State University research team and collaborators have developed an automated method that can accurately identify calls from a family of fishes.

The method takes advantage of data collected by underwater microphones known as...