AgriLife Research scientist studies structures to boost tomato production in South Texas

WESLACO – To help revive the state’s sagging vegetable industry, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in South Texas are looking at new cropping systems to improve and extend the tomato growing season. While the Rio Grande Valley’s fertile soils can produce tasty tomatoes for consumers, the harsh conditions of heat, insects and diseases can stand […]

Huang receives A&M System commercialization award for water treatment technology

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Yongheng Huang, 979-862-8031, yhuang@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Yongheng Huang has received the 2016 Texas A&M Technology Commercialization Innovation Award for development of a novel chemical water treatment technology. The award recognizes researchers whose work exemplifies the spirit of innovation within the Texas A&M University System, according to […]

Four-wire electric fence system best control of deer access to food plots

By: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Billy Higginbotham, 903-834-6191, billy.higginbotham@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Landowners have a few options to protect forage plots and gardens from browsing deer,  but the electric four-wire system appears to work best, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service wildlife specialist. Dr. Billy Higginbotham, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist in Overton, said […]

Understanding lock for cellular trap door may lead to better disease treatment

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jean-Philippe Pellois, 979-845-0101, pellois@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — A team of researchers who two years ago announced a “Trojan horse” method of entering a cell without harming it have now found, in effect, the lock to the cellular “trap door.” The research, led by Dr. Jean-Philippe Pellois, appears in […]

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, […]