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Enhancing stateholder feedback on the 2011 long-term forecast of water supply and demand for the Columbia River basin
Every five years, the Department of Ecology’s Office of Columbia River (OCR) is required to submit a long-term water supply and demand forecast to the Legislature.A significant portion of the 2011 Forecast was carried out ...
Agricultural intensification promotes West Nile virus incidence
Orchards and vineyards enhance mosquito breeding and increase West Nile Virus incidence.
Sustainable Intercropping of Switchgrass and Hybrid Poplar for Bioenergy Production
Switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.) is a perennial warm-season grass that has been selected as an important lignocellulosic feedstock to support bioenergy production. Intercropping of two perennial species, switchgrass and ...
FABA BEAN (VICIA FABA L.) A PROMISING NEW PULSE CROP FOR SOUTHEASTERN WASHINGTON
The successful adoption of faba bean (Vicia faba L.) in southeastern Washington is contingent upon the stability of supply, i.e., yield, and market demand. The lack of regional demand for faba bean has restricted research ...
Landscape-based Null Models for Archaeological Inference
How do we, as humans and as scientists, learn about the world around us? In this dissertation, I explore how models--epistemological tools that connect theory and reality--not only structure scientific inquiry (including ...
EMPIRICAL ANALYSIS OF THE FRESH TREE FRUIT MARKET
This dissertation is composed of three studies. First, fresh tree fruit demand at the farm gate is modeled to estimate price elasticities and export elasticities. Second, fresh fruit demand is estimated for the consumer ...
Pollinator-mediated gene flow in and among fields of alfalfa produced for seed
Cross-pollination by bees is necessary for commercial alfalfa seed production. To maintain varietal purity in alfalfa, seed producers adhere to spatial isolation standards to minimize or prevent bee flight and subsequent ...
Essays on Imperfect Competition and International Trade
This dissertation consists of three chapters based on product differentiation and increasing returns to scale. Chapter 1 studies a static monopolistic competition model with social indifference curves over a group of ...
Identifying root-lesion nematode (Pratylenchus spp.) resistance and functional mechanisms in wheat
Root-lesion nematodes (RLN) Pratylenchus thornei Sher and Allen, 1953 and P. neglectus (Rensch, 1924) Filipjev Schuurmans and Stekhoven are soil-borne pathogens of wheat that invade and feed on root host cells. In the ...
Quantifying Relationships between Ecology and Aesthetics in Agricultural Landscapes
Biodiversity decline and ecological degradation continue unabated despite accumulation of ecological knowledge, proliferation of sustainability research, and efforts to conserve natural resources. This paradox underscores ...