Ibuprofen use leads to extended lifespan in several species, study shows

COLLEGE STATION — A common over-the-counter drug that tackles pain and fever may also hold keys to a longer, healthier life, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of multiple species, according to research published in the journal Public Library of Science-Genetics. “We first used baker’s yeast, […]

Feds may revise new food safety rules for irrigation water

WESLACO — Complaints from farmers nationwide have encouraged the Food and Drug Administration to take the almost unheard of act of revising landmark food safety laws that were scheduled to take effect soon, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service food safety expert. Dr. Juan Anciso, a horticulture specialist at the Texas A&M AgriLife […]

Electron-beam technology a better way to sanitize ebola waste?

AgriLife Scientist: eBeam sanitization could be cheaper and ‘greener’ Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, rd-burns@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Suresh D. Pillai doesn’t want to sensationalize the use of electron beam technology by solely talking about using it to sanitize ebola virus contaminated equipment and wastewater. However, he said, it could be much safer and more […]

New video shows collaborative effort to combat devastating coffee rust disease

World Coffee Research, Borlaug Institute partner with coffee industry in research, response COLLEGE STATION — The continuing fight against the widespread coffee rust disease affecting Central America and the Caribbean is the subject of a new 2 1/2-minute video produced by the Texas A&M University Division of Research headquartered in College Station. In the video, […]

Texas A&M AgriLife garners USDA grants

    Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Charles Allen, 325-653-4576, ctallen@ag.tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have received $937,345 in grant monies from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture for integrated pest management work, according to a recent […]

Bexar County Youth Gardens program introduces urban kids to gardening, nature

AgriLife Extension program provides variety of seasonal, year-long youth activities SAN ANTONIO – While many youth activities have slowed down with the end of summer and in anticipation of the holidays, this fall the Bexar County Youth Gardens program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has continued to provide fun and educational activities. “Throughout […]

Social media training set for Oct. 28-29 in Houston

HOUSTON – The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Watershed Planning Program will present a social media workshop for natural resources professionals Oct. 28-29 at the Houston-Galveston Area Council, 3555 Timmons Lane, Suite 120, in Houston. “Content, Conversations and Discoverability – Quality Social Media Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals” will be held from 1-4 p.m. Oct. […]

Combating national rose rosette disease crisis focus of Texas study

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. David Byrne, 979-845-9500, dbyrne@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A tiny mite carried through the wind is threatening to take down the $400 million rose industry, and researchers from California to Pennsylvania are starting a five-year study to stop it.   “Garden roses, which form the cornerstone of the multi-billion dollar […]