April 9, 2013
Fresno Business Journal
Pistachios will be given more attention at Fresno State thanks to a $1.5 million gift to establish a new faculty position at the university.
The grant, given by the California Pistachio Research Board, will create an endowed professorship in pistachio physiology and pomology position in Fresno State’s Jordan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology.
Specifically, the faculty member, yet to be selected, will be Fresno State’s go-to expert when dealing with the molecular and biological components of pistachios and the science of cultivating the crop.
Much of the work of the new faculty member will involve research in coordination with the pistachio board, while also serving as a teacher and adviser for students interested in the careers related to the little green nut.
Based in Fresno, the California Pistachio Research Board is made up of pistachio producers to provide research, education, marketing and other activities helpful to the industry.
Pistachios have been on an upswing throughout the state, increasing by nearly 50 percent in total cash value since 2009.