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


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!

In the News The Good Fruit Grower covered our research on photoselective netting. Click here for more information.

WSU successful in USDA SCBG Program The Department of Horticulture and WSU was successful in this year’s round of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Click here for more information

International Collaboration On October 2-8, Lee Kalcsits visited collaborators at the INRA Forest Sciences Centre in Champenoux, France that work on our WSU CAHNRS Emerging Research Initiative (ERI) grant. Here, Lee presented a seminar to the center, further developed interdisciplinary collaborations related to calcium uptake and distribution in woody plants and firmed up plans for upcoming research related to our ERI grant.

In the News Our research on changes in physiology of apples under photoselective anti-hail netting was featured in the newest article of Fruit Grower News. Click here to read more.