2014-2018 News Archives

sarah masoni making ice cream

Oregon State University’s Sarah Masoni knows she has a sophisticated palate. But one worth $1 million dollars?

For 18 years, Sarah Masoni has worked in product and process development at Oregon State University’s Food Innovation Center, specializing in helping local entrepreneurs produce and sell the visions they have for their food.

school of fish

“With a lot of fisheries off the West Coast, we have historically had pretty good fishery management, which has given us resilience,” says Will White, fisheries ecologist at Oregon State University.

Susanne Brander, an Oregon State University toxicologist who researches the effects of microplastics on larval fish, says the amphipods are becoming a vector to transport plastic particles into the food web.

Sarah Masoni at the Food Innovation Center in Portland, OR sits down with BBC World News to talk taste buds.

Although the bird might disagree, few Thanksgiving turkeys have been so lucky as the one being prepared by Sarah Masoni. With her, any food, from fig to fowl, is destined for gastronomic greatness.

Sarah Masoni at the Food Innovation Center at Oregon State University in Portland. “She’s an evil genius,” one client said. “In a good way.”

Research shows that Kodiak brown bears that sync their stream-to-stream movements to salmon spawning patterns eat more than bears that don’t, with one bear in the study consuming greater than 2 tons of fish in one summer.

Picture of Antarctica from camera attached to minke whale's back

The minke whale eats quickly, scooping up, straining, and eating shrimp-like krill in less time than it would take a humpback to get its mouth open. "It was wonderful luck," says whale scientist Ari Friedlaender, who spoke from a ship on its way...

Oregon State University researcher Dr. Leigh Torres is leading an ambitious new research project, using drones and a variety of other tools to do health check-ups on the whales.

Since canine obesity is so common, "most people wouldn't know if they're overfeeding their dog," says Monique Udell, an animal behaviorist at Oregon State University.

“There is a massive pulse of nymphs—which are primarily responsible for transmitting various diseases—in the late spring and early summer. There are a lot more nymphs out there than adult ticks,” says OSU ecologist Dr. Taal Levi. 

Barley Project members at The Plant Variety Showcase (Oct. 12, 2017, Portland, Ore.) showcase breads made from Buck (and other naked barleys) in the foreground. From left to right: Brigid Meints, Rebecca Hayes, Patrick Hayes, Laura Helgerson, Andrew Ross, and Scott Fisk. Credit: Patrick Hayes.

Researchers at Oregon State University (OSU) are giving an ancient grain a new life: this barley is naked, but not in an indecent way.

$432K was awarded to support 17 hop and barley projects: Oregon State University professors Pat Hayes and Thomas Shellhammer received two Brewers Association research grants 

The lead scientist behind ‘game-changing’ research targeted at improving the economy of aquaculture has said that he believes his team can cut mortality rates in half.

For $40, Oregon drivers can have a whale on their license plate. Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute in Newport is selling the plates to raise money for its research, graduate student education and public outreach.

Wallach got the idea while looking at a map created by co-author William Ripple, an ecologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis.

A new study appearing this week in Science reports the discovery of a startling new role of plastic marine debris -- the transport of non-native species in the world's oceans.

Now, food scientists at Oregon State University have combined two naturally occurring fibers to develop a water-resistant and antimicrobial edible film that has the potential to extend the shelf life of food with wet surfaces, such as meat,...

Researchers from Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute and the Autonomous University of Baja California Sur in Mexico tracked a group of sperm whales in the Gulf of California and found that they spent about 30 percent of their time...

Beef heifers raised in close quarters are under more stress and don’t get as much physical activity as heifers raised on pasture, according to an Oregon State University study.

“What you have is a scrambling of the schedule," said William Deacy, a biologist at Oregon State University that studied the phenomenon.

“This research demonstrates that the way we ask about animal cognition can be just as important as the questions asked,” says Monqiue Ude...

Some seabird species are declining at a significant rate due to lack of prey in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, according to a new Oregon State University study.

How plants and animals react when skies turn black during the total eclipse Aug. 21 is mostly a mystery, but a horticulture expert with Oregon State University Extension Service has some educated guesses.

One slug relative, the garlic snail, gets its name from the garlic-like odor it emits when disturbed, says Rory McDonnell, an entomologist at Oregon State University.

Agricultural educators are taking advantage of new advances, providing students with an interactive experience through online “Ecampuses” powered by the latest technology.

And because collecting poop doesn’t bother the whale, scientists can harvest dung from the same animal repeatedly.

And because collecting poop doesn’t bother the whale, scientists can harvest dung from the same animal repeatedly.

“Pollination,” an exhibition of recent works by Eugene printmaker Tallmadge Doyle, is on display in Gallery 440 of Strand Agriculture Hall at Oregon State University through Sept. 8.

When the Oregon State University Class of 2017 marches down Southwest 26th Street to Reser Stadium on Saturday to receive their diplomas, the siblings will be walking together — something none of them could have foreseen when they were growing up...

The brown marmorated stinkbug (BMS) showed up in Oregon in 2004, and while that state’s economic impact has not been measured, the pest has caused significant damage in other parts of the country.

Rangeland scientist Lisa Ellsworth of Oregon State University has a thing for fire, especially how various ecosystems respond to the wildfires that bedevil much of the rural West.

“It’s really beautiful when they are swimming under the sea ice,” scientist Ari Friedlaender, an ecologist with Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, told National Geographic.

Christian Hagen says bird experts had long believed that sage grouse stayed away from juniper trees.

Researchers at Oregon State University offered 38 cats a choice between food, a toy, an interesting smell (catnip, a gerbil) and attention from a human. Thirty-seven percent preferred food to anything else.

At Oregon State University in Corvallis, vegetable breeder and geneticist Jim Myers is also creating more-nutritious tomatoes. He has bred purple tomatoes that are rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins.

“Every time a blue whale opens its mouth, it’s like putting on the brakes, so it slows way down,” said Leigh Torres, principal investigator at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute.

The lawsuit claims the 654 miles of existing walls and fences along the U.S.-Mexico border have already destroyed wildlife habitat and altered ecosystems.

Ramesh Sagili of OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, won a prestigious award from the Pacific branch of the Entomological Society of America.

Now, Oregon State University researchers are studying several aspects of the California bighorn sheep herd in the state – including movement, habitat use and survival – to gain insight into the animal’s risk for contracting the killer...

Playing an instrument that looks something like a light saber crossed with a skinny fretless guitar, Oregon State University’s Chet Udell won honors for best performance at a prestigious worldwide competition for inventors of new...

Thanks to new research from Oregon State University, published on Friday in Behavioural Processes, there is scientific evidence that cats are,...

Ranchers running beef cattle on dry and dusty landscapes should consider smaller cows to get the best out of their herd.

But work done at Oregon State University’s research station in Aurora may help open an opportunity for growing table grapes, the sweet snackers that now come piling into grocery stores from California, Mexico and Chile.

Researchers have confirmed what Oregon farmers have feared for nearly two years – some populations of Russian thistle in the northeastern part of the state have developed resistance to glyphosate, one of the most widely used herbicides in the...

Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons are toxic air pollutants produced by combustion linked to lung cancer and other serious health problems. Research co-author and Oregon State Chemistry Professor Staci Simonich, explains her findings to...

“Given the popularity of cats, with cats outnumbering dogs by almost 10 million in the U.S.

Author Judith Li and illustrator M.L. Herring, both associate professors at Oregon State University, won one of five awards for outstanding science writing from AAAS and Subaru of America, Inc.

A new way of looking at how pollutants ride through the atmosphere has quadrupled the estimate of global lung cancer risk from a pollutant caused by combustion, to a level that is now double the allowable limit recommended by the World...

The Tillamook County Creamery Association (TCCA) has announced a gift of $1.5 million to support construction of a new Food and Beverage Facility at Oregon State University.

The North American beaver’s genetic code has been revealed and will enable scientists to gain insight into beaver populations, disease and where the animal sits on the tree of life.

Using precise tracking technology, Oregon State University researchers have determined that cattle spend less time in streams than most people think.

A new license plate featuring a gray whale and her calf likely will be available to Oregon drivers by summer 2017.

Sockeye salmon that evolved in the generally colder waters of the far north still know how to cool off if necessary, an important factor in the species’ potential for dealing with global climate change.

CIERVA COVE, ANTARCTICA  - Ari Friedlaender, Oregon State University marine ecologist, kneels at the front of our inflatable boat as it bobs on the ocean.

Oregon State University’s hazelnut breeding program spent decades developing cultivars resistant to eastern filbert blight, a fungus that threatened Oregon’s industry after it took hold in the 1970s.

Other people may have a heightened sensitivity “or even somewhat distorted perception to certain tastes and smells,” said Juyun Lim, an associate professor of food science and technology at Oregon State University whose...

Paul Hughes, Assistant Professor of Distilling, Oregon State University gives us an excellent insight into the diffusion and diversity of spirits.

“In the past, population estimates have been largely based on visual observations and on the analysis of fecal samples,” said Taal Levi, an assistant professor of fisheries and...

This particular example, dredged up in 1980 by a trawler’s net in 400 meters of water off the Oregon coast, is just one of more than 300,000 specimens in the Oregon State Ichthyology Collection.

Their jobs may differ, but each faculty member is responsible for helping local farmers prosper and connecting agriculture to the community.

Whale poop is providing Oregon State University researchers with a treasure trove of information. Assistant professor in Fisheries and Wildlife Leigh Torres has been heading up the pilot project.

Oregon State University has hired an expert on bee pollinators to fill a new extension position focused on improving the health of honey bees and other pollinating insects. Andony Melathopoulos comes to OSU from a post-doctoral...

One of this year’s planning grant recipients, Oregon State University, received $250,000 to develop an online graduate certificate program in organic agriculture.

Christina Murphy, a doctoral student at Oregon State University, has received a $132,000 Science to Achieve Results, or STAR fellowship, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The prize is a significant honor conferred on ARS scientists who have made major impacts on agricultural research, are recognized by peers for their significant accomplishments and serve as exemplary role models for younger scientists...

“We are taught that humans can taste only five taste categories,” said Juyun Lim, associate professor at Oregon State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology and lead author of the study.

Oregon State University research funding reached $336 million in the fiscal year that ended June 30 – a second consecutive year of record-breaking growth and an increase of more than 60 percent over the past decade.

Shaun Townsend, professor at Oregon State University’s Hop Breeding and Genetics program, said American hops “tend towards the citrus notes such as lemon, grapefruit, and tropical fruits as well as pine, earthy and other unique...

For more than 30 years, the curators of Oregon State University’s College of Agricultural Sciences’ Art About Agriculture program have collected, curated, and shown the works of Pacific Northwest artists through their yearly traveling...

Susan Capalbo, who heads the Department of Applied Economics at Oregon State University, has been named senior vice provost for Academic Affairs at OSU. She will begin her new duties on Oct. 1.

The PM level was 44 during the 2004 Olympics in Athens, 24 in Sydney in 2000 and 28 in Atlanta in 1996, said Staci Simonich, a professor at Oregon State University who published a 2009 study on pollution at the Beijing Games. “Rio’s...

Dozens of conservation scientists, including several from Oregon State University, issued a call Wednesday to halt a crisis among the world’s large animals that could lead to their imminent extinction.

New leaders will come on board this month at two Oregon agricultural research facilities: the Burns and Union units of the Eastern Oregon...

Roads and petroleum wells in Wyoming’s oil and gas country don’t seem to interfere with the nesting of ferruginous hawks, according to recent findings by Oregon State University wildlife researchers.

Katharina-Victoria Perez, a 2014 graduate of Oregon State University, and Jade Florence, Ph.D student in Botany and Plant Pathology, have been awarded the U.S. Student Fulbright from the U.S. Department of State and the J.

The pavement sealcoat products used widely around the nation on thousands of asphalt driveways and parking lots are significantly more toxic and mutagenic than previously suspected, according to a new paper published this week by researchers from...

James Edmund Oldfield, a former Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University, died April 3, 2016. He was 94.

Often, while in an elevator or stopped in the hallway, I’m asked to explain what it is that we do in the College of Agricultural Sciences.

We do a lot. But it’s hard to explain in 20 seconds.

A new study has determined that right whales in the Southern Hemisphere were once more abundant than previously thought, making their full recovery from near-extinction another 50 to 100 years away.

Bruce Mate, the director of Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute, and his wife Mary Lou have named the institute as a major beneficiary of their estate, a gift that builds on Mate’s 40-year...

You’ve got clippers in hand, a shrub in mind and a gleam in your eye. It’s pruning time.

But do you have a plan?

Well-nourished honey bees are better at fighting off a serious microscopic parasite that weakens their immune systems and threatens the health of their colonies, according to a new study from Oregon State University.

A vote of confidence

This year, OSU’s statewide public service programs received a boost from the Oregon Legislature with $14 million additional funds.

Strand Agriculture Hall circa 1911

Strand Agriculture Hall is celebrating its re-opening after a two-year, extensive remodeling project.