Can huckleberries be crossed with blueberries to provide a new healthy and distinctively flavored berry for northwest berry growers? You can discover the latest research developments in Crystal Ligori’s Oregon Public Broadcasting audio interview with Dr. Dhingra. This link will take you to the OPB article and interview page.
Amit Dhingra, associate professor of genomics and biotechnology at Washington State University, has been honored by the Council on Undergraduate Research for his long-term commitment to mentoring undergraduate researchers.
Dhingra received the CUR’s Biology Division Mid-Career Mentor Award from among nominees from about 750 participating universities. In the past 11 years, Dhingra has mentored nearly 100 undergraduates in 32 majors hailing from 16 U.S. universities. Many of those students, as evidenced by his Undergraduate Student Collective website, have gone on to science-related careers, won awards or otherwise found ways to make significant contributions to society.
Read the rest of this article by Brian Clark here.
Starting in late summer, national forests in Northwestern states like Oregon, Washington, Montana, and Idaho fill with eager berry hunters hoping to find a cache of dark maroon huckleberries. Read the rest of this NPR article here.
A consumer willingness-to-pay study of packaged, fresh, sliced pears shows promise for another market option for the pear industry.
Read the Good Fruit Grower article by Amit Dhingra and Karina Gallardo here.
The New York Times recently published a story by Kirk Johnson about lost apples of the Pacific Northwest. Johnson’s story features apple detective David Benscoter’s and others effort to preserve knowledge of old apple varieties that, as Johnson writes, “might have something to teach us… about evolution or climate, in looking at the qualities that kept a particular tree going despite the odds.”
2016 marks the 30th anniversary of Dr. Norman E. Borlaug’s establishment of the World Food Prize organization. This year World Food Prize hosted the 2016 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium, held October 12-14 in Des Moines, Iowa.
In a World Food Prize side event, WSU Associate Professor Amit Dhingra presented on the forthcoming paper:Technologies on the Shelf. The series keynote paper is part of a Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) 12 paper project, The Need for Agricultural Innovation to Sustainably Feed the World by 2050, investigating methods to advance global food security.
More information on the 2016 Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium and CAST can be found at these web sites:
The pear industry has unlimited potential and is ripe for a revolution.
The pear has been a staple food in Europe for centuries — often the subject of paintings by Van Gogh and highly revered by fables and foodies alike. Read the rest of the article here.
Striving Towards Excellence and Tangible Impact – Role of Entrepreneurism in a University
October 31st, 2:00-3:00pm
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Washington State University researchers are setting their sights on domesticating the wild huckleberry, a goal that has eluded plant scientists for decades.
But in a WSU greenhouse, cloned shrubs are producing berries. Scientists say their ultimate goal is a sturdy plant with high yields of the tangy-tart berries.
Read the rest of the article by Becky Kramer here.
Despite his attempts, Nathan Tarlyn is a frustrated huckleberry picker. He ventures out, looking for the wild berry that’s treasured throughout the Pacific Northwest, but often comes up short, finding only bushes that are picked over.
He’d have more luck if he looked deeper in the woods — or if someone shared their secret trove. But that’s not likely to happen. No one shares that kind of secret.
Read the rest of Taryn Phaneuf’s article in Crosscut here.