June 2008

June 26th

High-density, "flat" pear orchards may gradually replace the conventional-looking 3-D variety if growers adopt a new system expected to help Oregon growers keep ahead of international competition by countering rising labor, land and fuel costs.
Young people from across the state can participate in the Lego Robotics Challenges, sponsored by Oregon State University 4-H Youth Development, at the State Fair.

June 11th

Oregon State University’s Extended Campus (Ecampus) and Extension Service are launching a new online version of OSU’s Master Gardener basic training called <I>OSU Master Gardener Online</I>.

June 10th

The Oregon State University Department of Horticulture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS)) Horticultural Research Crops Lab and USDA-ARS Germplasm Repository will host a public tour of berry and pear collections and fruit and vegetable research on Saturday, July 26, 2008, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The half-day event, called "Fruits and Vegetables for Your Table: Taste and Tour" will feature OSU and USDA-ARS horticultural research with an emphasis on fruits and vegetables. It will occur at OSU’s Lewis-Brown Horticulture Research Farm and USDA-ARS Clonal Germplasm Repository at 33447 SE Peoria Rd., in Corvallis, Oregon.

June 5th

Using the same sort of fiber optic communication cables that make a telephone work, John Selker, a professor of Biological and Ecological Engineering at OSU, is measuring changes in temperature with greater that 10,000 times the resolution possible a few years ago.

June 4th

OSU agronomist Tom Chastain was awarded the George Hyslop Professorship, which recognizes research, extension and teaching activities related to the grass seed industry. Chastain researches the physiology of grass seed crops. He plans to use the endowment funds to enhance student education in the area of seed crops, student internships and undergraduate research.

June 3rd

Workers have begun clearing understory along Oak Creek as part of a yearlong project to restore and protect areas of the creek that wind through Oregon State University’s livestock facilities. The university applied for funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to create wildlife habitat and riparian buffers along more than five miles of streams that include Oak Creek and its tributaries. Oak Creek originates in the McDonald-Dunn Forest and flows into the Marys River.