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Oregon agricultural production sets record; top 10 crops include nursery plants, cattle and hay (OregonLive)
Oregon's agricultural production was worth a record $5.4 billion in 2012, according to preliminary figures compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistics service and Oregon State University.
The fuel cell was developed by professor Hong Liu and researcher Yanzhen Fan in Oregon State University’s Department of Biological and Ecological Engineering. They’ve been working on it for years, but the Widmer pilot fuel cell will be the first one they’ve ever tested in the field. If it works and can be scaled up, it could save $400,000 a year.
Grafted tomatoes become super producers (Reno Gazette-Journal)
Jim Myers, an Oregon State University horticulture professor who specializes in developing plants that can thrive in the Pacific Northwest, created a purple tomato high in anti-oxidants called the Indigo. Last year, he and graduate assistants tested grafted vs. non-grafted Indigos, and the grafted plants produced three times more.
10 Steps for Innovators (Terra Magazine blog)
Follow the progress of an Oregon State idea that is making the wood-products industry more sustainable.
America’s most innovative cities (24/7 Wall Street)
#4: Corvallis, Oregon, has one of the most educated populations in the country. It has the fourth-highest proportion of adults with a bachelor’s degree at 48.5%, compared to the U.S. average of 28.5%. The region’s productivity has exploded in the past two decades, increasing by an average of 2.6% each year between 1980 and 2010. Corvallis is built around Oregon State University, which is one of its largest employers.
Wepster hazelnut ready for confection market (Western Farm Press)
Oregon State University has developed a new high-yielding, blight resistant hazelnut for the baking and chocolate industries. An additional article about the Wepster hazelnut can be found at AgraNet (subscription required).
OSU debuts Venture Accelerator, industry partner program (Portland Business Journal)
Oregon State University introduced an ambitious initiative Wednesday that aims to create jobs, boost university spinouts, and better connect OSU researchers and faculty to industry. more
The Shell Shock: Saving Oregon's Hazelnuts (Portland Monthly Magazine)
Oregon’s hazelnut farmers have been waging a slow war against a deadly blight for two decades. Now science has saved the trees, but can the industry save the orchards?more
Provost's Annual Campus Report 2011-12 released 11/27/2012
From the Research section:
"Technology licensing revenue increased to $4.3 million compared to $4 million the previous year. OSU signed 108 new licenses, a 277 percent increase, with companies in the fields of biotechnology, forest products, agriculture, manufacturing and health."
OSU research team wins NSF I-CORPS award
Oregon State University research team led by Dr. Hong Liu receives NSF I-CORPS award for their research project titled "Develop microbial fuel cell technology for decentralized energy generation and wastewater treatment".