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WSU researchers creating catalyst to improve jet biofuel production

RICHLAND, Wash. – Efforts to create an environmentally friendly catalyst that will lower the cost and increase the efficiency in producing bio-based jet fuels has netted Washington State University researchers a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

WSU Tri-Cities associate professor Hanwu Lei and his research team aim to develop the catalyst — a substance that increases the rate of chemical reactions and lowers the energy needed to perform the reaction — from forestry and agricultural waste products.


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FEC Club Visits Pacific Foods

Food Engineering Club at Pacific FoodsThe FEC is comprised of 20 student members and one faculty advisor. Under the supervision of three core faculty members, these students conduct research in advanced thermal and non-thermal food technologies as well as polymeric packaging technologies to help the food industry address challenges of increasing consumer demand for safe, nutritious, and high-quality food products.

FEC visited Pacific Foods as a part of their March 2018 Professional Development activity. 11 graduate students, 2 visiting scholars from China and Brazil along with faculty Dr. Gustavo Barbosa-Cánovas participated in the activity. The participants got a chance to take a detailed tour of the manufacturing process, product development lab and waste recycling facility. Our guides explained the entire process in detail, such as production of chicken broth, extraction of soy milk, cooking of meals, Aseptic filling of product into cartons, final packaging and retorting.


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Waled Suliman Receives 2018 Amazon Catalyst Grant

PULLMAN, Wash. – Amazon Catalyst program has awarded $177,735 in grants to 10 Washington State University teams comprised of students, faculty and staff across disciplines and locations.

The collaborative program between Amazon and WSU launched early in 2018 to fund projects deemed globally impactful and disruptive.

What are the next inventions that will change how people live their lives and conduct business? This is the question WSU’s Amazon Catalyst Program applicants are looking to answer with their disruptive ideas, innovative projects and impactful inventions.


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Commencement May 2018

Commencement May 2018

Pictured from left:

Poonam Bajaj, Ph.D.; Armando Quintanilla Perez Lete, Ph.D.; Shyam Sablani, Ph.D., Associate Professor; Momtanu Chakraborty, M.S.; Afef Marzougui, M.S.; Carlos Zuniga, Ph.D.; Sindhuja Sankaran, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; Kapil Khanal, M.S.; Abirami Rajendran, M.S.; Seyedehsanaz Jarolmasjed, Ph.D.

WSU precision agriculture program ranked in top 25 in world

April 13, 2018  |  By Seth Truscott, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences

PULLMAN, Wash. – Industry professionals have named Washington State University one of the 25 best colleges in the world for precision agriculture.

At WSU, the Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems (CPAAS) and the Agricultural Technology and Production Management (AgTM, academic program are helping to solve one of the biggest challenges facing agriculture today ― labor.

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WSU researchers develop material that could save honey bees

April 10, 2018 KREM 2, by Luke Morand

Researchers have developed a new material that attracts pesticide residue in bees and, when ingested, the particles absorb the pesticide toxins.

PULLMAN, Wash. — Researchers at Washington State University have developed a new material that could help save honey bees.

It is all thanks to a microscopic particle that attracts and gets rid of pesticides, according to new research.

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April 9, 2018 WSU Insider, by Scott Weybright

PULLMAN, Wash. – Honey bee colonies could be saved from collapse in the future thanks to a microscopic particle that attracts pesticides, as created by Washington State University researchers.

Consider this: A grain of salt weighs 58,500 nanograms. It takes only 15 nanograms of pesticide to kill a bee.

Researchers at Washington State University have developed a new material that attracts pesticide residue in bees. Over time, pollen tinged with itsy bitsy amounts of pesticides accumulates in a bee’s body, reducing the lifespan of each bee in a colony.

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