Earth-Kind landscape short course set for Dec. 16-18

COLLEGE STATION — An Earth-Kind landscape short course will be offered Dec. 16-18 in the Horticulture/Forest Science Building on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. “This is a continuing education program designed for professionals responsible for managing and maintaining urban green space such as residential landscapes, parks, commercial properties and golf courses,” said […]

S. M. Tracy Herbarium solves problems in the plant world

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dale Kruse, 979-845-4328, Dr. Stephan Hatch, 979-845-4328, COLLEGE STATION – When researchers across Texas, and at times worldwide, hold up a plant and ask, “What is this?” they very well may be talking to Dale Kruse or Dr. Stephan Hatch at the S. M. Tracy Herbarium. The […]

There’s more to picking a good grass than just green

AgriLife Extension turfgrass trials match purpose to environment Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Casey Reynolds, 979-845-0603, COLLEGE STATION – Not every grass is a good fit for home lawns, golf courses or athletic playing fields, so turfgrass researcher Dr. Casey Reynolds is testing varieties and comparing them side by side under Texas […]

AgriLife Researcher develops a painter’s palette of winter-hardy hibiscus colors

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, 940-552-9941, Steve Brown, 940-552-6226, VERNON – Like an artist using the paint on a palette, Dr. Dariusz Malinowski is mixing pollen to create a flowering masterpiece in the form of tropically colored winter-hardy hibiscus. Three years after the Texas A&M AgriLife Research breeding team […]

Media Advisory: Turf Field Day Oct. 14 in College Station

COLLEGE STATION – More than 200 turf and landscape industry professionals are expected to attend the annual Texas A&M Turfgrass and Landscape Field Day on Oct. 14, according to event coordinators. Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service faculty and staff will address a number of management topics related to improving knowledge […]

Horticulture economist to address Ellison floriculture fall lecture Oct. 7

COLLEGE STATION – “The Brain Doesn’t Lie: Using Neuromarketing Tools for Consumer Research” will be the topic for Dr. Marco Palma as the featured speaker for the Ellison International Floriculture Chair Distinguished Lecture Series, event coordinators said. The event is on Oct. 7, beginning with a 2 p.m. reception for Palma, who is the Texas […]

Commercial tomato production aim of new AgriLife Research project

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Charlie Rush, 806-354-5804, AMARILLO – High-value vegetable production with a focus on tomatoes in the Texas High Plains will be the target of a new research program by Dr. Charlie Rush, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Amarillo. “This will be the first study for the […]

Annual Texas A&M turfgrass field day set for Oct. 14 in College Station

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Richard White, 979-845-1550, COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M Turfgrass and Landscape Field Day will be held Oct. 14 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Turfgrass Field Lab on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. “This year the Texas Sports Turf Managers Association will host an […]

Nation’s researchers team up to improve, protect roses

COLLEGE STATION — People should be able to stop and smell the roses, not spray them, said Dr. David Byrne, Texas A&M AgriLife Research rose breeder in College Station. Byrne is part of two national specialty crop research projects aimed at toughening up roses’ ability to ward off diseases and other pestilences. He cited surveys […]

Little Ruby alternanthera named newest Texas Superstar plant

Selection is smaller, thicker and fuller version of Joseph’s Coat Writer: Robert Burns, 903-834-6191, COLLEGE STATION – The ground cover plant, Little Ruby alternanthera has been named the newest Texas Superstar plant. “A lot of old-timers will probably recognize this group of plants as ‘Joseph’s Coat,’” said David Rodriguez, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]