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WSU Horticulturist Dhingra Planting the Seeds for Undergraduate Research

MEDIA CONTACT: Jared Brickman, Communications Assistant, Office of Undergraduate Education at WSU, 509-335-8070,

SOURCE: Amit Dhingra, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, 509-335-3625,

PULLMAN, Wash. — From savoring the distinctive, flavorful crunch of an apple to eyeing the plump, crimson cherries adorning mouth-watering summer produce displays, people love fruit. But few perhaps know fruit like Washington State University horticulturist Amit Dhingra, who looks beyond the pits and leaves into the genome of these sweet treats.

“A genome is kind of like the map to a city,” says Dhingra, an associate scientist and professor in the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences at WSU. “If you need to buy a book, you use the map to find a bookstore. If you need to find which gene will protect a plant from a virus or make it more efficient at using nutrients, you use the genome.”

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