Combating national rose rosette disease crisis focus of Texas study

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, Contact: Dr. David Byrne, 979-845-9500, 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 […]

AgriLife Research sets sugarcane field day for Oct. 8 in Weslaco

WESLACO  – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Weslaco will  be hosting a sugarcane field day from 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 8, according to Dr. Jorge da Silva, an AgriLife Research sugarcane breeder at the center. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the center’s annex farm, located 1 mile north of Expressway 83 […]

Applied nutrition modeling producing beef more profitably, helping reduce methane emissions in feedlots

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, Contact: Dr. Luis Tedeschi, 979-845-5062, COLLEGE STATION – Nutritional modeling systems developed in the department of animal science at Texas A&M University have helped participating Texas feedlot operators keep feed costs in check and produce beef more profitably. Now, these models have the potential to be applied to help […]

Mown grass smell sends SOS for help in resisting insect attacks, researchers say

COLLEGE STATION — The smell of cut grass in recent years has been identified as the plant’s way of signalling distress, but new research says the aroma also summons beneficial insects to the rescue. “When there is need for protection, the plant signals the environment via the emission of volatile organic compounds, which are recognized […]

U.S. Congressmen visit Texas A&M AgriLife’s front line of defense against invasive pests, diseases

Congressmen learn of research to save the nation’s citrus industry WESLACO  –  Two U.S. Congressmen learned firsthand recently the efforts Texas A&M AgriLife scientists are making in South Texas to keep invasive pests and diseases from threatening the country’s food supply, including one pair that threatens the future of the citrus industry. U.S. Rep. Filemon […]

From primates to forests

Texas A&M researcher uses genes to map evolution of species Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Claudio Casola, 979-845-8803, COLLEGE STATION – Genes, whether from apes or the trees they live in, are the storytellers of the origins of a species, according to a Texas A&M University ecosystem science and management assistant professor […]

International variety trial will help brew better future for global coffee industry

World Coffee Research ships first plantlets for multi-location trial COLLEGE STATION — The first shipment of coffee plantlets from World Coffee Research to test farms in 19 coffee-producing countries will go out before the end of summer, said researchers involved in the new International Multi-Location Variety Trial. “This extensive trial is designed to aid coffee […]

Social media training for natural resource professionals Sept. 10-11 in Austin

AUSTIN – The Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources will hold a social media training for natural resource professionals Sept. 10-11 at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Airport Commerce Park, 1340 Airport Commerce Drive in Austin. “Content, Conversations and Discoverability – Quality Social Media Outreach for Natural Resource Professionals” will be held from 1-4 […]

Jordan named Fellow of American Dairy Science Association

DALLAS – Dr. Ellen Jordan, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service dairy specialist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas, has been named a Fellow of the American Dairy Science Association. The American Dairy Science Association is a non-profit professional organization for the advancement of dairy science headquartered in Champaign, Illinois. Jordan […]