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, […]

At the root of it all

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists will soon be looking deep beneath agricultural row crops to determine what makes them stronger, higher yielding and more adaptable, as well as what they offer in the area of climate change mitigation. Dr. Dirk Hays, AgriLife Research plant geneticist in the soil and crop sciences department […]

Permian Basin Oil and Gas Stewardship Conference slated for third year

ANDREWS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Permian Basin Oil and Gas Stewardship Conference from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Lincoln Community Building, 400 NW Ave. J in Andrews. “With the drop in the price of oil, many landowners in the Basin are considering their options with utilizing solar […]

Texas A&M awarded $3.1 million for transformational energy technology

COLLEGE STATION – Production costs of bioenergy crops such as sorghum have kept it from growing into a secure, sustainable source of energy. But a new project led by a Texas A&M AgriLife Research sorghum breeder is aimed at changing that. AgriLife Research, along with Carnegie Mellon University, was recently awarded $3.1 million in funding […]

Ansley recognized as Texas A&M Regents Fellow

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Jim Ansley, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research rangeland ecologist at Vernon, has been named a Regents Fellow by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. The board established the Regents Fellow Service Awards in 1998 to recognize exceptional service by professionals in the seven Texas A&M University System agencies. The […]

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 […]

AgriLife Research study: Mesquite a complementary biofuel feedstock

VERNON – As requirements grow for use of cellulosic biofuels to meet the energy needs of the nation, researchers look at potential feedstocks and any effects these alternative sources may have on greenhouse gas emissions. A recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study will be published in the BioEnergy Research journal, outlining how mesquite, growing in […]

Texas crop, weather for July 29, 2014

COLLEGE STATION – Fall armyworms are more like “summer” armyworms this year due to unseasonable rains, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service entomologist. “It’s related to the rains we’ve had in July,” said Dr. Allen Knutson, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Dallas. “The rains were favorable for crops, but they also set up conditions for […]