Kay Ledbetter named Sigma Xi Science Communicator of the Year for Texas A&M

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Kay Ledbetter of Amarillo has been named Science Communicator of the Year by the Texas A&M University chapter of Sigma Xi, according to Dr. Bill Klemm, senior professor of neuroscience and Sigma Xi chairman of the award selection committee. Ledbetter has been writing […]

Georgetown 4-H team advances to national model rocketry finals

4-H Trail Blazers will travel to Washington D.C. for Team America Rocketry Challenge By: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Mark Janecka, wajsaj86@gmail.com GEORGETOWN — Members from the Georgetown 4-H Trail Blazers have qualified to compete in the national finals of the 14th annual Team America Rocketry Challenge. The team of Mark Janecka, Joshua Thayer and […]

‘War of the plants’ being studied by AgriLife Research scientists

WESLACO   —  Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists are studying the virtual tug-of-war that takes place when a pathogen attacks a plant. In mid-battle, both aggressor, the pathogen, and the defending plant undergo dynamic changes to improve their chances of victory. Better understanding those changes could unlock new ways to improve plants by making them […]

Annual eBeam workshop gives attendees access to technology

By: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Suresh Pillai, 979-845-2994, spillai@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The National Center for Electron Beam Research at Texas A&M University in College Station hosted its seventh annual workshop recently to address the needs of the food, phytosanitary, agribusiness, cosmetic and pharmaceutical industries. More than 30 attendees from five countries, including […]

High-quality protein essential for optimal growth, development and health in humans

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Guoyao Wu, 979-845-1541, g-wu@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Contrary to recent reports that certain meat protein is bad for you, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow scientist has found adequate consumption of high-quality protein is essential for optimal growth, development and health in humans. Dr. Guoyao Wu’s research […]

Dr. Kimberly Cochran is new plant pathologist at AgriLife center in Uvalde

UVALDE – Dr. Kimberly Cochran is the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service plant pathologist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde, said Dr. Daniel Leskovar, center director. In her role at the center, Cochran will focus on management of plant diseases of crops in the Winter Garden and surrounding area, […]

AgriLife Research scientists study wild pig impact on bobwhite quail populations

UVALDE — As part of an effort to understand the reasons behind the decline in wild quail populations, researchers from Texas A&M AgriLife Research have studied whether the continued increase in numbers and distribution of wild pigs, commonly referred to as feral hogs, may be a contributing factor. According to data from the Texas Parks […]

Enzyme discovery leads scientists further down path to pumping oil from plants

COLLEGE STATION —  An enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists studying a common green microalga called Botryococcus braunii. The study, published in the current issue of the journal Nature Communications, could enable scientists to use the enzyme in a plant to make large amounts of fuel-grade oil, […]

AgriLife Research investigators study effects of aflatoxins on quail reproduction

UVALDE – In an effort to find what’s causing the decline of Texas wild quail populations, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists investigated whether regular ingestion of low levels of aflatoxins by bobwhite and scaled quail may impact their ability to reproduce. VIDEO: Quail and Afaltoxin Study: https://youtu.be/KV1r1ZONWDE “In trying to identify reasons behind the decline […]

Texas A&M Water-Energy-Food Nexus initiative featured at White House Water Summit

Writer, Media Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Rabi H. Mohtar, 979-458-9886, mohtar@tamu.edu WASHINGTON – The Texas A&M University System Water-Energy-Food Nexus Initiative, also known as the WEF Nexus, is one of a select group of projects to be presented Tuesday at the White House Water Summit. Dr. Rabi H. Mohtar, Texas A&M Engineering […]