Noted animal welfare expert Ted Friend to retire after 38 years at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION – For 38 years, Dr. Ted Friend has walked up and down the stairs of the Kleberg Animal Science Building at Texas A&M University where he established himself as a national expert and researcher on animal behavior and welfare. “It’s been a lot of fun,” said Friend, who will soon retire from the […]

Two AgriLife Research engineers receive international water-resources awards

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND – Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research water resources experts have been chosen as laureates at the 15th World Water Congress, held in Edinburgh, Scotland, recently. Dr. Vijay Singh, distinguished professor with the department of biological and agricultural engineering department at Texas A&M University, College Station, has been selected to receive the International Water […]

Phenotyping wheat breeding lines takes on new look

AgriLife Research program designs time-saving machine Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, Dr. Srirama Krishna Reddy, 806-677-5600, AMARILLO – Gathering millions of data points from thousands of wheat breeding lines across Texas is now as simple as riding a bike – or pushing one, in this case. Dr. Jackie […]

AgriLife Research engineer develops real-time listeria biosensor prototype

Eventually, chip-based device should detect pathogen within minutes Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M AgriLife Research engineer and a Florida colleague have developed a biosensor that can detect listeria bacterial contamination within two or three minutes. “We hope to soon be able to detect levels as low as one bacteria […]

Texas State Chemist headquarters set to expand in College Station

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, COLLEGE STATION – The Office of the Texas State Chemist, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, is expanding its headquarters at Texas A&M University in College Station, adding more than 10,000 square-feet of laboratory testing facilities and an underground containment system, agency officials said. A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently […]

Advanced metering infrastructure system workshops set for Dallas

Contact: Allen Berthold, 979-845-2028, DALLAS – A free advanced metering infrastructure system training for water utilities is set for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 24 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road in Dallas. Dr. Allen Berthold, Texas Water Resources Institute research scientist in College Station, said the training is […]

Trash talk challenges Texas A&M agriculture faculty to find ways to stop global food waste

COLLEGE STATION — Agriculture faculty at Texas A&M University are talking trash — as in too much food ends up there. Now they are vowing to team up and figure out how to reduce global food waste by 5 percent over the next decade, according to Dr. Steve Searcy, the group’s facilitator and head of […]

Texas grain industry reduces aflatoxin risk

Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, COLLEGE STATION – Grain industry representatives are touting the effectiveness of the One Sample Strategy, a standardized testing method for aflatoxin. The program is administered by the Office of the Texas State Chemist, part of Texas A&M AgriLife Research. The program has received support from a number of grain groups […]

Lampasas River Watershed Partnership meeting to discuss conservation assistance

LAMPASAS — A meeting of the Lampasas River Watershed Partnership will be held from 6-8 p.m. on May 21 at the Lampasas County Farm Bureau Building, 1793 U.S. Highway 281, Lampasas. “At the meeting, individuals will receive an update on the progress made on implementing the watershed protection plan over the past year,” said Lisa […]

Feds approve wider testing of spinach defenses against citrus greening disease

WESLACO  —  In a landmark step in the fight against citrus greening disease, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Southern Gardens Citrus’ application for an Experimental Use Permit under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. This allows Southern Gardens to move forward in its development of the possible use of a spinach protein […]