Tree Fruit Physiology


Highlighting the research taking place in Lee Kalcsits’ tree fruit physiology lab at WSU TFREC in Wenatchee, WA. Since joining the Department of Horticulture and the Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center at Washington State University in 2014, the focus of the lab has been understanding the complex physiological interactions between environment, genetics and horticultural management. Here, we take a whole system approach working at the agroecological, whole-plant, tissue, cellular and molecular level to address physiological questions that work to improve tree fruit productivity and tolerance to abiotic stress.

Lab News


Welcome Erica and Raquel Erica Casagrande Biasuz (PhD student) and Raquel Gomez (MS student) joined the lab in August 2017.  We are happy to have them here!

In the News Shade netting protects Honeycrisp from Sunburn in the Yakima Herald

Welcome Rayane and Guilherme Rayane and Guilherme are visiting scholars from Brazil and will be in Wenatchee from April to September, 2017

Check out our video explaining our “Photoselective Anti-Hail Netting Trial for ‘Honeycrisp’ Apple”


Welcome Sumyya Sumyya Waliullah (PostDoc) joined the lab in April 2017

In the News Read about environmental changes associated with the use of photoselective protective netting in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology

Corina Serban, MS student, reflects on the  conference, CSANR (December 5, 2016)

In the News Read more about our joint research project on photoselective netting in the Yakima Herald

Welcome Nadia Nadia Velverdi (PhD student) joined the lab in August 2016.

In the News A profile of Lee Kalcsits appeared in the Capital Press (May 12, 2016)

New Post-Doc Giverson Mupambi from Zimbabwe joined the lab in April 2016. Welcome Giverson!

Welcome Corina and Michelle Corina Serban (M.S. student) and Michelle Reid (Research Assistant) joined the lab in January 2016. Welcome!