AgriLife Research engineer develops real-time listeria biosensor prototype

Eventually, chip-based device should detect pathogen within minutes Writer: Robert Burns, 903-312-3199, COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M AgriLife Research engineer and a Florida colleague have developed a biosensor that can detect listeria bacterial contamination within two or three minutes. “We hope to soon be able to detect levels as low as one bacteria […]

Feds approve wider testing of spinach defenses against citrus greening disease

WESLACO  —  In a landmark step in the fight against citrus greening disease, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved Southern Gardens Citrus’ application for an Experimental Use Permit under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act. This allows Southern Gardens to move forward in its development of the possible use of a spinach protein […]

Texas A&M ecosystem science and management professor earns recognition

Teaching strategy incorporates research process learning Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Ben Wu, 979-845-7334, COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Ben Wu believes in taking his research to the classroom to make sure his students understand the science. But more important, he said, is teaching them how to apply the “process” of science to […]

Student Media Grant Program projects showcased at AgriLife Center reception

Contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, COLLEGE STATION – 2014 Student Media Grant Program recipients Michael Petriello and Ryan Vroegindewey recently showcased their travel grant projects during a recent reception at the AgriLife Center on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. The Student Media Grant Program is an annual photojournalism grant awarded to students […]

Grant writing workshop helps researchers secure federal dollars

Contact. Dr. Craig Nessler, 979-845-8486, COLLEGE STATION— More than 70 researchers attended a recent grant writing workshop to obtain the necessary skills to successfully compete for and acquire large federal grants, officials said. The free workshop was hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research at the AgriLife Center at Texas A&M University, College Station. “In […]

Variety in the species of life attracts state veterinary diagnostic lab leader

Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, Contact: Dr. Bruce Akey, 979-845-3414, COLLEGE STATION — Looking back, there was a natural progression from manatees and beached whales to panthers, wild turkeys and most recently Texas cattle. Sure, they all are animals. But for Dr. Bruce Akey, they have each been part of a trail of discovery […]

Texas A&M spatial model offers cost-effective way to identify areas for needed management

COLLEGE STATION — A spatial model provides a cost-effective way to identify priority areas for implementing voluntary best management practices in an impaired South Texas watershed, according to results from a Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas Water Resources Institute study recently published in the Texas Water Journal. “The Spatially Explicit Load Enrichment Calculation Tool, […]

From cockroaches to parasitic wasps, creepy crawlers are for kids

COLLEGE STATION — A child calmly whispers all his life’s problems to the one who will listen. And in that moment, everything seems so much better. Perhaps the listener understands. Some days it seems like a crushing blow is around every corner.  After all, the one hearing this child’s woes is a bug. “I’ve seen […]

Marbling research shows healthy fat in beef has benefits

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, COLLEGE STATION – Beef with reasonable marbling and juicy taste is preferred among consumers, and industry leaders continue to monitor how to consistently produce a product with these traits. A recent research article addresses the biology and biochemistry of beef marbling and its effects on production systems, carcass and fat […]