Thirty-year study looks at Bermuda grass sustainability without fertilizer

Forage scientist: Bermuda grass pasture stands can be very sustainable without nitrogen Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu OVERTON – In an East Texas study on sandy, low-fertility soils, Bermuda grass pastures that have not received nitrogen fertilizer since the fall of 1984 are still in production, according to Dr. Monte Rouquette, Texas A&M AgriLife Research […]

AgriLife ram test sale average is highest in more than three decades

Most rams left Texas Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Dan Waldron, 325-653-4576, d-waldron@tamu.edu SAN ANGELO – The top indexing ram of the 2014-2015 Texas A&M Ram Performance Test traveled back home, a test official said. “The high indexing ram was a commercial animal owned by JP Family Limited Partnership, headquartered at Fort McKavett,” […]

Marbling research shows healthy fat in beef has benefits

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Beef with reasonable marbling and juicy taste is preferred among consumers, and industry leaders continue to monitor how to consistently produce a product with these traits. A recent research article addresses the biology and biochemistry of beef marbling and its effects on production systems, carcass and fat […]

Riparian and stream ecosystem workshop set for April 1 in Floresville

FLORESVILLE — The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 1 in Floresville for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the upper San Antonio River watershed. The free workshop is co-hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office […]

AgriLife Research study opens doors for increases in Texas corn yields, aflatoxin resistance

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Seth Murray, 979-845-3469, sethmurray@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A ground-breaking Texas A&M AgriLife Research-led study on corn has identified useful gene variations for yield increases, drought tolerance and aflatoxin resistance that could make a real difference to Texas producers in the years to come, according to researchers. The study, […]

Stem cells help researchers peg rabies resistance

COLLEGE STATION — Researchers at Texas A&M AgriLife Research have developed a new technology to determine sensitivity or resistance to rabies virus. “We were able to create a novel platform such that we could look at how pathogens, such as bacteria or virus or even drugs or radiation, interact with specific human genes,” said lead […]

Texas A&M AgriLife rainwater harvesting course opens to public

Contact: Karen Sanders, 972-952-9671, Karen.sanders@tamu.edu DALLAS — Individuals and industry professionals are invited to attend Rainwater University 2015, scheduled for April 7-9 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas, 17360 Coit Road. Rainwater University is an instructional series on the latest techniques and industry standards for effective collection, storage and use […]

Rookie AgriLife Research scientist published in prestigious journal

WESLACO  —  A scientist hired earlier this year at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco is already gaining recognition by appearing on the cover of a highly respected scientific journal, according to other researchers there. Dr. Kranthi Mandadi, a molecular biologist who began his duties in January, is featured in the […]

Riparian and stream ecosystem workshop set for March 12 in Hamilton

HAMILTON–The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a workshop from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12 in Hamilton for area residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Leon River watershed. The free workshop will be co-hosted by the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources. The morning […]