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FST Graduate Student Wins IFT Food Packaging Division Poster Competition

Congratulations to Clara Lang for winning first place at the IFT Food Packaging Division poster competition.

The title of her winning poster is "Investigation of Eco-Friendly Chemical Treatments of Apple Pomace for Producing High-Quality Molded Pulp Packaging".

This is the third time an FST student has placed first in the IFT food packaging division poster competition in the past 4 years. Way to go FST!

OSU doctoral student Keisha Harrison holding a kombucha SCOBY

OSU Researchers Begin to Unravel the Mysteries of Kombucha Fermentation

July 15, 2021 | KTVZ news sources

Oregon State University scientists are beginning to unravel the key microorganisms that contribute to the fermentation of kombucha, research that is already aiding large-scale kombucha producers in the fast-growing industry.

Kombucha is a fermented tea drink that has been homebrewed around the world for centuries, but in recent years has become widely popular with a global market size expected to grow from $1.3 billion in 2019 to $8.1 billion by 2027, according to an industry report. Several large producers, including Humm and Brew Dr., are based in Oregon.

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Stay at Home Heroes - The OWRI Smoke Exposure Team:

Michael Qian, James Osborne, Elizabeth Tomasino, Patty Skinkis, and Alec Levin

 Michael Qian, James Osborne, Elizabeth Tomasino, Patty Skinkis, and Alec Levin

OWRI Smoke Exposure Team (clockwise, upper left to bottom left): Michael Qian, James Osborne, Elizabeth Tomasino, Patty Skinkis, and Alec Levin

The College of Agricultural Sciences represents a talented, multidisciplinary group of professionals across the entire state of Oregon. During these unpredictable and challenging times, our people continually demonstrate their tenacity, innovation and commitment to our students, our research, and our communities. In recognition of those efforts, we’ve launched the “Stay at Home Hero” award that will honor an individual every week who continually goes above and beyond in serving that commitment.

This week’s Stay at Home Hero consists of another team of dedicated faculty: The OWRI Smoke Exposure Team, including: Michael Qian, James Osborne, Elizabeth Tomasino, Patty Skinkis, and Alec Levin.

Their enormous efforts to help Oregon’s grape and wine industry following the recent wildfires has been truly heroic. While any actual impact of the smoke exposure is still unknown, the smoke exposure team members have provided critical guidance to growers and wine makers alike.

The two flavor chemists, Michael Qian and Elizabeth Tomasino, immediately halted their research projects and converted their labs to provide industry support by analyzing samples of smoke exposure. They installed new columns, calibrated GCMS units, optimized methods to cut sample analysis time, and developed logistics to receive, measure, analyze, and report results for hundreds of samples.

In addition to industry service work, the entire Smoke Exposure Team collaborated on research that within days went from concept to reality to determine state-wide exposure to smoke. The OWRI Smoke Exposure Team has worked very long hours, 7 days a week, since the fires started. They demonstrate an unmatched dedication to supporting Oregon’s grape and wine industry.

Thank you, OWRI Smoke Exposure Team!

Visit the OWRI website for more updates on the team’s efforts.

OSU researchers studying impact wildfire smoke had on this year's grape harvest

Amber Wilmarth | KPTV | October 20, 2020