Scott Harper, a virologist, is the new director of Clean Plant Center Northwest in Prosser. He joined the center last month to oversee the center’s work to stop devastating crop viruses before they gain a foothold. These are Pinot Gris vines at Hogue Ranches in Prosser. (Courtesy WSU)

New clean plant center director hired to protect Northwest crops

The top priority for the new director of Clean Plant Center Northwest in Prosser is to increase the region’s supply of virus-free fruit trees, vines and hops. “The front line of the battle against viruses is clean material,” said Scott Harper, who was hired Jan. 3 to run the center at Washington State University’s Irrigated…

How extreme temperatures — like this winter’s snowfall — affect the winemaking industry is the topic of a March 17 symposium at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland.

Symposium to focus on how climate extremes affect wine industry

Heat and cold extremes can be damaging to grapevines and affect fruit and winemaking decisions. A research symposium, “Climate Extremes: Is the Pacific Northwest Wine Industry Ready?” will take a closer look at the issue from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 17 in the East Auditorium at Washington State University Tri-Cities in Richland. Researchers…

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