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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

Lee (along with co-authors Erica and Nadia) has a new paper out: Recent Achievements and New Research Opportunities for Optimizing Macronutrient Availability, Acquisition, and Distribution for Perennial Fruit Crops

Victor Blanco joined the lab as a postdoc in October. Welcome Victor!

Lee’s pear irrigation project with Tianna DuPont is featured in the August 28th edition of the Good Fruit Grower.

Michelle Reid, former MS student and now Kalcsits lab manager extraordinaire and Raquel Gomez, former MS student and now Carolina Torres’s most excellent lab manager, both had their first papers published on July 9th! Download them from our Publications page.

Here are some recent articles in the Good Fruit Grower highlighting our work:

It must be summer, because Brenda Castaneda is back in the lab. Brenda is a Washington Apple Education Foundation scholarship recipient returning for her third year of working on sunburn research.

Jessica Waite started her new job as the USDA-ARS pear research geneticist on April 6th, 2020. Congratulations Jessica! We will miss you (and look forward to seeing you again once the social distancing is over, since you’ll just be across the parking lot).

Nadia Valverdi returned to our lab in February 2020 as a post-doc. We are happy to have you back Nadia!

Raquel Gomez joined Caroline Torres’ postharvest group in January 2020 as the lab manager. So glad you are staying in the building Raquel!

Big congrats to Raquel (M.S.) and Nadia (Ph.D.) for successfully defending their thesis/dissertations this month. Both will be graduating in December 2019!