Newly-hatched salmon use geomagnetic field to learn which way is up

Researchers who confirmed in recent years that salmon use the Earth’s geomagnetic field to guide their long-distance migrations have found that the fish also use the field for a much simpler and smaller-scale migration: When the young emerge from gravel nests to reach surface waters.

OSU environmental chemists tapped to lead studies of contaminants at military bases

Environmental chemists at Oregon State University will lead grants totaling $2.9 million to conduct studies of chemicals that have contaminated military installations and are also detected at fire training areas in the United States, including Oregon.

A view from above and below: Hatchery chinook salmon are self-sorting in tanks

Hatchery-raised chinook salmon sort themselves into surface- and bottom-oriented groups in their rearing tanks. This behavior might be due in part to the fish’s genes, according to an OSU study.

$2 million barley project gets naked for the good of the grain

Oregon State University is leading a five-state effort to develop varieties of naked barleys that are not only organic, they can also be used in a variety of ways.

Oregon State University agricultural sciences, pharmacy deans transition

Dan Arp, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Mark Zabriskie, dean of the College of Pharmacy, will step down from these university leadership roles effective June 30, 2018. 

For bacteria that cheat, food is at the forefront

Microbes that produce important secretions for use in a community suffer a blow to their own fitness for supplying the non-producing “cheater” bacteria – but not always.

Scientists name new species of fish from the Orinoco region after singer Enya

Scientists have named a new species of fish from the Orinoco River drainage after "Orinoco Flow" singer-songwriter Enya.

Diatoms have sex after all, and ammonium puts them in the mood

New research shows a species of diatom thought to be asexual does reproduce sexually, and scientists learned it’s a common compound – ammonium – that puts the ubiquitous organism in the mood.

Northwest researchers map out regional approach to studying food, energy, water nexus

Natural resource researchers at OSU and two other universities are gearing up for a late-summer summit aimed at addressing food, energy and water challenges as interconnected, regional issues.

Engagement with natural environment a significant contributor to life satisfaction

Looking to improve your life satisfaction? Try regularly hiking in a forest or otherwise engaging with the natural environment. And also look for ways to build your trust in resource managers.

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