College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences

Department of Horticulture

Horticulture Research Facilities

Students walking by Vogel Plant Biosciences Building on Pullman campusGraduate study in the Department of Horticulture offers many exciting opportunities. Washington’s commercial horticulture industries are exceedingly diverse, with production of fresh and processed fruit and vegetables, vegetable seed production, ornamental products, and services such as landscape maintenance. Opportunities for research in all of these areas are available.

The main campus in Pullman is located in the beautiful Palouse area of Eastern Washington. The University of Idaho is located just miles away. In addition, WSU operates a branch campus in Tri-Cities, and four Research and Extension Centers located in agricultural production areas around the state. Opportunities exist for students to conduct research at any of these locations. Full-time faculty are stationed at each of these sites. Cooperation among WSU Pullman, WSU Tri-Cities, the research and extension centers, USDA-ARS, and industry groups results in many cooperative projects.


Excellent facilities are available for graduate study in Horticulture. Laboratories include facilities for anatomical, physiological, biochemical, and genetic studies. These are complemented by greenhouses, growth chambers, controlled Horticulture graduate student in greenhousetemperature and atmosphere facilities, enzyme preparation rooms and tissue culture facilities. World-class storage facilities at the Pullman campus aid in postharvest research of various commodities such as apples, pears, cherries, potatoes, and red raspberries.

The extensive land resources across the state provide varied climates and soil types for horticultural research. Orchards and land are available for field research at the Tukey Horticulture Orchard in Pullman. Additional land area is available at the Central Ferry Station (administered by the Plant Introduction Station), and the Othello Research Unit.

Off-Campus Research and Residence

As part of their program of study, some graduate students conduct research at locations other than the main campus. By taking advantage of resources throughout the state, we are able to provide a wide variety of opportunities for students. Some students utilize growers’ fields for their data collection, others use research facilities at more than one location, while Spring in the Tukey Horticultural Orchardothers live at a remote location, completing their work under the guidance of a faculty member at that site. Students are responsible for obtaining their own housing, whether in Pullman or elsewhere. Some of the Research and Extension centers have living accommodations located on site, but these are very limited in number. Students may be advised by faculty at any location. If the student’s graduate adviser is located away from the main campus, the student will also be assigned a faculty contact in Pullman.

Department of Horticulture, PO Box 646414, Washington State University, Pullman, WA 99164-6414, 509-335-9502, Contact Us
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