On behalf of Dr. Wu and Dr. Tang, we would like to congratulate the winners of the BSysE 512 – Poster Competition.
1st Place: Yaqoob Majeed – “Mechanical/Automatic Solution for Labor Intensive Branch Training in Trellis Trained Apple Trees”
2nd Place: Momtanu Chakraborty – “Evaluation of Vineyard Growth Using NIR and Thermal Images under Different Irrigation Treatments”
3rd Place: Santosh Bhusal – “Bird Deterrence in Fruit Crops Using Unmanned Aerial Systems(UAS)” and Evan Terrell – “Primary Reactions in Pyrolysis of Milled Wood Lignin: The Effect of Vacuum on Product Distributions”
Honorable Mentions:Kapil Khanal – “Red Raspberry Cane Identification Using Spectral Signature” and Lin Chen – “A Prototype of Leveling System for Weeding Robot”
Molecular-level understanding of cellulose structure reveals why it resists degradation and could lead to cost-effective biofuels.
A major bottleneck hindering cost-effective production of biofuels and many valuable chemicals is the difficulty of breaking down cellulose—an important structural component of plant cell walls. A recent study addressed this problem by characterizing molecular features that make cellulose resistant to degradation.
RICHLAND, Wash. – A team from Washington State University Tri-Cities took home the Wells Fargo “CleanTech” Big Picture prize during the University of Washington’s Business Plan Competition this week.
With the award, the team, which includes Libing Zhang, a recent doctoral alumna, and Manuel Seubert and Taylor Pate, who are master’s in business administration students, was presented with a $5,000 check.
“We believe that we performed very well,” Zhang said. “We received extremely positive feedback regarding our business plan and presentation. Each team had a great product and were very convincing. We felt fortunate to be a part of it all.”
RICHLAND, Wash. – A team from Washington State University Tri-Cities whose business plan is to commercialize a WSU-patented jet fuel technology has advanced to the University of Washington Business Plan Competition’s “sweet 16” round.
The sweet 16 round of the UW Business Plan Competition kicks off May 25.
RICHLAND, Wash. – Washington State University Tri-Cities technology and a business plan for converting the plant material lignin into biojet fuel won third place among 21 teams at the Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge finals last week.
The team of Libing Zhang, postdoctoral researcher, and Manuel Seubert, master’s of business administration student, worked regularly with researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to prepare for the competition. They won the Starbucks $5,000 prize.
RICHLAND, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have found a new way to define the molecular structure of cellulose, which could lead to cheaper and more efficient ways to make a variety of crucial bioproducts.
For the first time, researchers revealed the differences between the surface layers and the crystalline core of cellulose by combining spectroscopy processes that use infrared and visible laser beams to analyze the structure of molecular components. The findings appear this month in Scientific Reports, an online open-access journal produced by the Nature Publishing Group (http://www.nature.com/articles/srep44319).
Spring 2017 | Viticulture and Enology Extension News
Phenology refers to “the science of appearance”. This translates into understanding nature’s “calendar” of plant development. Important phenological events in viticulture include bud break, bloom and veraison, which are tied closely with management practices. Predicting when these events will occur can be difficult; most key phenological stages of grape are sensitive to climate and seasonal weather. Seasonal changes can include variations in day length, temperature, and precipitation. Adding to the challenge is that spring phenological events are occurring earlier and fall events are happening later than they have in the past as a result of climate variability. [Continue reading on Viticulture and Enology Extension News]
Many farmers and ranchers are already benefitting from drone technology, but the work of researchers like Dr. Lav Khot is showing that we’ve only scratched the surface of what this relatively new technology can do for agriculture. Khot works for Washington State University’s Center for Precision and Automated Agricultural Systems and in the agricultural automation engineering research emphasis area of the Department of Biological Systems Engineering. [ full article on Farm Bureau site ]