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Scientists and science educators in the Wenatchee Valley have been gathering for the past few years for weekly seminars to catalyze the development of an engaged regional scientific community. Each series features the research of local scientists and invited guest speakers.

This year’s events are held at the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center in Wenatchee, and are open to the public. Join us for this great opportunity to learn about the incredible research in our own backyard. Prior registration is not required to attend these events.

This project is supported by a grant from Our Valley Our Future. Other supporters include: NCESD, Apple STEM Network, WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center, Wenatchee Valley College, and USDA Research Station.

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Apple Breeding 101

Presented by India Cain, Associate in Research, Washington State University

Gain some insight into the process of apple breeding from the Washington State University (WSU) apple breeding program, the home of the Cosmic Crisp® apple. Producing a new apple variety takes around 20 years of multi-stage evaluation and selection.

The WSU breeding program was started in 1994 with the aim of producing new varieties especially suited to the main production areas of the state. The program targets consumers by improving quality, particularly texture, as well as appearance and storability. The breeding program works closely with stakeholders to determine the method of release, and the new variety is patented and given a commercial brand name before being released to consumers.

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The seminar presentations are intended for a ‘science-based’ audience, including researchers, postdoctoral scientists, teachers, graduate students, undergraduate scientists, and science enthusiasts.

K-12 educators are also encouraged to attend the seminar series to learn about local career connections and research efforts that they can bring back to their students. Clock hours are available through the North Central Educational Service District for attending the series.

Date & Time

Wednesday, February 28
4:00pm – 5:00pm


WSU Tree Fruit Research & Extension Center
1100 N Western Ave, Wenatchee, WA 98801

Registration Price


Clock Hours

1 Clock Hours Available for Purchase

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