Super microscope amplifies Texas A&M researchers look at loblolly pine genetics

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Nurul Faridi, 979-862-3908, nfaridi@tamu.edu Dr. Claudio Casola, 979-845-8803, ccasola@tamu.edu Dr. C. Dana Nelson, 228-832-2747, dananelson@fs.fed.us COLLEGE STATION – A super microscope may have researchers at the Texas A&M University ecosystem science and management department moving one step closer to writing the final chapter and verse on the genomics […]

First East Texas Garden Lecture Series set Feb. 22

Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, rd-burns@tamu.edu TYLER – The first of seven seminars on the finer points of gardening in East Texas will be held Feb. 22 at Chamblee’s Rose Nursery, according to Keith Hansen, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service horticulture agent for Smith County. “We have an exciting lineup for this year, and we’re beginning […]

Arbor Day Celebration slated Jan. 25 in McAllen

McALLEN  –  Some 1,200 athletes are expected to compete Jan. 25 in McAllen’s third annual Arbor Day activities, according to a Texas A&M Forest Service official. Arbor Day Celebration will be held from 7 a.m. to noon at McAllen Municipal Park, 1921 N. Bicentennial Blvd., according to Salvador Alemany, a Forest Service regional urban forester […]

Bill Dugas named acting vice chancellor, dean for agriculture, life sciences at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Bill Dugas will be acting vice chancellor for agriculture and life sciences and acting dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for The Texas A&M University System beginning Jan. 14. Dugas, who has been associate vice chancellor and associate dean of agriculture and life sciences since 2009, will serve […]

City of McAllen wins state award for Arbor Day event

Texas A&M Forest Service played key role in organization McALLEN  –  The city of McAllen has won a statewide award for its McAllen Arbor Day Challenge, a bicycle and running competition that drew more than 500 athletes, according to Salvador Alemany, a Texas A&M Forest Service regional urban forester in Weslaco and an organizer of […]

New burn-detection-modeling system in development to help identify potential wildfire threats in Texas

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contacts: Dr. Richard Conner, 979-845-7456, jrc@tamu.edu Wayne Hamilton, 979-845-5589, wt-hamilton@tamu.edu Jay Angerer, 254-774-6053, jangerer@tamu.edu Tom Spencer, 979-458-7331, tspencer@tfs.tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION – A burn-risk-detection modeling system in development by a consortium of Texas A&M University System researchers will help predict potential wildfire threats throughout the Lone Star State, according to […]

McDonald named AgriLife executive director for community relations, strategic partnerships

           COLLEGE STATION — Former Bastrop County Judge Ronnie McDonald has been named executive director for Texas A&M AgriLife’s community relations and strategic partnerships. In this capacity he will also serve as the executive director of the Texas Rural Leadership Program, Inc. and provide leadership as an ex-officio member of the […]

McAllen’s Arbor Day Challenge promotes urban forests

McALLEN  –  In a first for the city, a long stretch of a major thoroughfare in McAllen will be closed to traffic to celebrate Arbor Day and promote urban tree planting, according to a Texas A&M Forest Service official. “Bicentennial Boulevard, between Pecan Avenue and Nolana Avenue, about a three-mile stretch of a major road […]

Texas A&M Forest Service employees honored during annual Texas A&M AgriLife conference

COLLEGE STATION — A 20-year veteran forester with Texas A&M Forest Service was honored Tuesday with 2012 Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for Public Service in Forestry. Sustainable forestry department head Burl Carraway III received the award during the annual Texas A&M AgriLife Conference held at Texas A&M University in College Station. The Award in […]

AgriLife agencies include A&M to align with statewide system

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Four state agricultural agencies — three of which have served Texans for about 100 years — are adding A&M to their names to reflect their connection to the system that includes Texas A&M University. The new names — Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, […]