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Students Receive Grants to Conduct Impactful Undergraduate Research

Students Receive Grants to Conduct Impactful Undergraduate Research

05/24/2021

Three students working in disciplines within the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences were awarded Undergraduate Research and Creative Opportunity Grants (URCO) to support conducting their own research in life, plant and food sciences this summer....

Data Scientists Uncovering Genes that Protect Alfalfa against Salinity Stress

Data Scientists Uncovering Genes that Protect Alfalfa against Salinity Stress

04/06/2021

Salinity is a growing critical threat to soils, water quality and food production worldwide. High levels of salts in water and soil interfere with plants’ abilities to take up the nutrients they need, create osmotic shock and ion accumulation in the plant...

PSC Awarded $36,000 for Invasive Plant Species Research

PSC Awarded $36,000 for Invasive Plant Species Research

03/12/2021

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food has awarded Utah State University’s Department of Plants, Soils and Climate a $36,000 grant for work on medusahead and invasive mustard species.

'Best Case' Goals for Climate Warming Could Still Result in Massive Wildfire Risk

'Best Case' Goals for Climate Warming Could Still Result in Massive Wildfire Risk

03/10/2021

A newly published study finds even small increases in climate warming may result in significant increases in wildfire frequency and severity.

CAAS Advisor Caisa Shoop Receives New Advisor Recognition

CAAS Advisor Caisa Shoop Receives New Advisor Recognition

02/18/2021

Advising students wasn’t where Caisa Shoop thought her path would lead when she started pursuing a degree in family and consumer sciences education.

USU Undergrad Researchers Study Where Sagebrush Grows - and Heals

USU Undergrad Researchers Study Where Sagebrush Grows - and Heals

02/08/2021

True-blooded Aggies love the spot where the sagebrush grows and they may have reasons to love it even more, say Utah State University undergraduate researchers David Suisse and Kayla Wasden Suisse.

Seeds Planted on the Path to Becoming Professor Creech

Seeds Planted on the Path to Becoming Professor Creech

02/02/2021

Although Earl Creech grew up on what his father called a “true” family farm — no hired help from outside the family and no one doing an off-farm job for income — he didn’t know until he was in college that being a scientist who helps farmers could be a jo...

Typhoons in East Asia May Have Set the Stage for Huge Windstorm in Utah

Typhoons in East Asia May Have Set the Stage for Huge Windstorm in Utah

01/06/2021

Hurricane-force winds that struck Utah in early September may have been stoked by an unexpected source: typhoons in the western Pacific.

Professor Jennifer MacAdam Named Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy

Professor Jennifer MacAdam Named Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy

12/17/2020

Jennifer MacAdam, professor of plant physiology and forage production in Utah State University’s Department of Plants, Soils, and Climate has been named a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy.

PSC Graduate Student Receives Grant

PSC Graduate Student Receives Grant

12/09/2020

Danielle Theimann received a grant for identification of effective cover crop varieties and integrated management practices for weedy and invasive plant suppression in the Western United States.

The Colorado River's Water Supply is Predictable Owing to Long-term Ocean Memory

The Colorado River's Water Supply is Predictable Owing to Long-term Ocean Memory

10/09/2020

A team of scientists at Utah State University has developed a new tool to forecast drought and water flow in the Colorado River several years in advance.

USU Salt Lake Center Opening Campus Greenhouse to Benefit Students and Refugee Farmers

USU Salt Lake Center Opening Campus Greenhouse to Benefit Students and Refugee Farmers

09/14/2020

In the culmination of a six-year project, new on-campus greenhouse is set to open at the Utah State University Salt Lake Center this fall. The 1,800-square-foot facility will highlight and strengthen the horticulture program at the Salt Lake Center.

David Hole, On Feeding The World, Tuesday's Access Utah

David Hole, On Feeding The World, Tuesday's Access Utah

06/30/2020

From Utah State Magazine, "In the parched black desert of northeast Jordan, archaeologists recently unearthed a stone hearth containing loaves of flatbread more than 14,000 years old.

USU Extension Co-Hosts Public Hemp Seminar

USU Extension Co-Hosts Public Hemp Seminar

01/14/2020

The Utah State University Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Department and the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) host Utah’s first ever public hemp seminar.

Soils Science Graduate Students Earns National Research Award

Soils Science Graduate Students Earns National Research Award

12/11/2019

Idowu Atoloye, a student in USU's Department of Plants, Soils and Climate, was awarded the Nelson Yield-Limiting Factors Graduate Student Scholarship by the American Society of Agronomy at its annual conference in Nov.

Plant Science Students Earn Top Honors

Plant Science Students Earn Top Honors

11/13/2019

Students in Utah State University’s Department of Plants, Soils and Climate (PSC) earned several awards at an international conference hosted by the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS).

Plant Scientists Build on Wheat Research with $1.9 Million NIFA Grant

Plant Scientists Build on Wheat Research with $1.9 Million NIFA Grant

10/14/2019

USU's Associate Professors Jennifer Reeve and Earl Creech were recently awarded more than $1.9 million by the USDA’S National Institute of Food and Agriculture for their ongoing research on organic dryland wheat.

PSC Student Named UServe Utah’s August Member of the Month

PSC Student Named UServe Utah’s August Member of the Month

08/30/2019

USU's plant, soils and climate systems student Josh Martin was selected as the August 2019 UServeUtah Member of the Month

USU Scientists Among Funding Recipients To Study Wise Use of Fertilizers

USU Scientists Among Funding Recipients To Study Wise Use of Fertilizers

06/12/2019

The Fertilizer Institute (TFI) recently announced that the Foundation for Agronomic Research has awarded nearly $2.7 million in grants to universities, including Utah State University, to conduct field research and demonstration projects.

Hemp Research Underway at Utah State University

Hemp Research Underway at Utah State University

06/06/2019

Scientists at Utah State University are studying cultivation practices to optimize the yield and quality of hemp for botanical medicines. Professor Bruce Bugbee, who specializes in the use of controlled environments to study crop growth and yield, leads t...

LEADING ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANOGRAPHIC SCIENTIST TO GIVE SEMINAR AT USU

LEADING ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANOGRAPHIC SCIENTIST TO GIVE SEMINAR AT USU

06/06/2019

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Senior Scientist Michael McPhaden will give a seminar, “Understanding and Predicting El Niño: Why was the 2015-16 El Niño so Strong?” on Monday, June 10.

Climate history in tree rings

Climate history in tree rings

04/16/2019

Steve Voelker, assistant professor in USU’s Department of Plants, Soils and Climate, is the lead author of a paper published in Scientific Reports (a Nature Research publication) in March that provides a proof of concept for the first winter-specific clim...

Hemp Research Underway at Utah State University

Hemp Research Underway at Utah State University

04/09/2019

Professor Bruce Bugbee, who specializes in the use of controlled environments to study crop growth and yield, leads the research project. Bugbee obtained permits to grow hemp from the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food and began the studies under LED...

Scott Jones Named Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America

Scott Jones Named Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America

01/07/2019

USU soil science Professor Scott Jones was named a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America during the organization’s annual conference in early January.

USU Soil Judging Students Claim Regional Title

USU Soil Judging Students Claim Regional Title

12/06/2018

Students from Utah State University swept the regional soil judging competition recently hosted by Oregon State University. The region ranges from Oregon to Colorado, all areas with very different kinds of soils.

USU'S Bruce Bugbee Named American Society of Agronomy Fellow

USU'S Bruce Bugbee Named American Society of Agronomy Fellow

11/20/2018

USU's Bruce Bugbee has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA), the professional society of crop and soil scientists.

Competing with Cheat Grass and Wild Fires – How One Plant Could Level the Playing Field

Competing with Cheat Grass and Wild Fires – How One Plant Could Level the Playing Field

09/24/2018

Researchers in Utah are working to introduce more fire-resistant plants into western landscapes to reduce the damage. Forage kochia is a plant similar to rabbit brush. The difference is that it contains high amounts of protein, it’s easily digested by liv...

Hidden Climate Records Within Tree Rings

Hidden Climate Records Within Tree Rings

09/12/2018

Researchers from Utah State University and two other institutions recently published a study that uses tree rings to link climate variability to long-term patterns in temperature.

Soil is Not Dirt

Soil is Not Dirt

08/27/2018

This summer, Emma Thompson participated in international competition at the 21st World Congress of Soil Science in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. She judged individually and with a team representing the U.S.

USU Students Succeed at Soils Judging Competition

USU Students Succeed at Soils Judging Competition

05/17/2017

Zach Voigtman, Sandra Udy, Boston Swan, Britney Allen and Thomas Greene travelled to Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois to compete in a national soils competition and took third place against 24 other teams.

USU Researchers Discover Climate Warming Linked to Air Quality

USU Researchers Discover Climate Warming Linked to Air Quality

02/24/2017

During the winter, cold air is at the base near the earth with warm air above it. As climate warming increases the temperature of the top layer, the cooler layer inhibits the warm air from releasing the pollutants through mixing. This causes inversion. Le...

Utah Climate Center Honored for 125 Years of Weather Data

Utah Climate Center Honored for 125 Years of Weather Data

12/16/2016

Scientists at Utah State University have been recording and reporting daily weather observations for 125 years. The Utah Climate Center was recently recognized by the National Weather Service with an Honored Institution Award for that consistent service a...

Fire and Ice: Climate Change Linked Extremes

Fire and Ice: Climate Change Linked Extremes

11/05/2015

Climate change worldwide is amplifying extreme weather events and researchers in the Utah Climate Center at Utah State University are using modeling tools to help people in very different parts of the.

USU’s Space Crop Expert Separates Fact from Fiction on Farming in Space

USU’s Space Crop Expert Separates Fact from Fiction on Farming in Space

10/02/2015

Professor Bruce Bugbee’s job title, director of Utah State University’s Crop Physiology Laboratory, conjures thoughts of a scientist whose work is firmly rooted in the earth. But for the past 33 years, the majority of Bugbee’s research has focused on how ...

Farming Mars

Farming Mars

Bruce Bugbee recalls that on July 20, 1969, his mother called him and his friends to come inside because Apollo II astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were about to become the first humans to walk on the moon. It was possibly the only thing that cou...

Student Researcher Presents Findings on Organism’s Ability to Preserve its Own Species

Student Researcher Presents Findings on Organism’s Ability to Preserve its Own Species

Utah State University plant science major Alex Braeger presented his research on plant and animal reproduction as one of the 26 USU students selected to participate in Research on Capitol Hill at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City.

USU Plant, Soil and Climate Student Presents Flowers-as-Crop Research on Capitol Hill

USU Plant, Soil and Climate Student Presents Flowers-as-Crop Research on Capitol Hill

Utah State University plant science major, Maegen Lewis, is presenting her research on annual cut flowers in the intermountain west for Research on Capitol Hill in Salt Lake City.

Plant Science Student Showcase

Plant Science Student Showcase

Students in the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate (PSC) at Utah State University conduct research with world-renowned scientists in the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. The students’ work covers a broad range of environmental issues and ...