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Flame-sterilized potato seed cutter: A potential solution for minimizing disease spread during seed cutting operations

Written by Dr. Chakradhar Mattupalli Potatoes are vegetatively propagated and seed cutting is a common practice followed by growers to increase seed piece availability for planting. However, this practice poses a risk for mechanical transmission of diseases caused by several bacterial, fungal and viral pathogens. For example, bacterial ring rot is a zero-tolerance disease and…

Research Centers ‘Weather’ Crazy September Weather

During the first week of September, 2020, Colorado had some unusual weather, even by Colorado standards. For example, Denver set its all-time record high for September, reaching 101 degrees during the afternoon of September 5. This was also the latest date a 100-degree reading has ever been observed in Denver and tied the record for…

Gene Kelly appointed to the National Academies of Sciences: Engineering and Medicine Committee for Soil Science

Gene Kelly, professor of Pedology and Deputy Director of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station /Associate Dean for Extension has been appointed to serve on the U.S. National Committee for Soil Science by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The committee represents the interests of the U.S. soil science community in the International Union…

Q&A with Bryan Braddy

What’s one thing people would be most surprised to learn about you? People might be surprised to learn that I have been involved with extensive projects and/or based at several AES centers such as San Juan Basin Research Center(Hesperus), Southwestern Colorado Research Center(Yellowjacket), Orchard Mesa Research Center, Fruita Research Center, and two separate stints at…

CSU researchers play role in discovery of new method for making key component of plastics

A research team that includes scientists from Colorado State University has discovered a previously unknown way that some bacteria produce the chemical ethylene – a finding that could lead to new ways to produce plastics without using fossil fuels.


March 30, 2020 - Message from Provost Rick Miranda - CSU Tuition & Fees Dear Students and Families, A lot about this academic year has not unfolded as planned amid the backdrop of a global pandemic. We are learning to adapt to being a virtual community and what that means for the college experience. And…

Renowned CSU entomologist Whitney Cranshaw transitions into retirement

After nearly four decades on the faculty at CSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, Whitney Cranshaw is officially transitioning into retirement. The Department of Agricultural Biology professor and Extension specialist leaves behind a rich legacy of research and public outreach around the world of insects.

CSU’s 2020 Nutrien Ag Day Barbecue to go virtual on Sept. 19

Since 1981, Ag Day has been a tradition that celebrates Colorado agriculture as well as Colorado State University’s heritage as a leading agricultural research, education, and outreach institution. This year, however, that tradition will look slightly different when the Nutrien Ag Day Barbecue takes place on Saturday, Sept. 19. With the ongoing global pandemic, the…

CSU secures $750,000 grant to develop plant breeding training materials

Colorado State University’s Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and Iowa State University’s Department of Agronomy recently received a $750,000 grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to partner with NPGS scientists to bring teaching resources to the world. The three-year grant began on June 1.


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