Food shortages could be most critical world issue by mid-century

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and governments, according to a top scientist at the U.S. Agency for International Development. “For the first time in human history, food production will be limited on a global scale by the availability […]

Peanut breakthrough involved Texas A&M AgriLife scientists

Writer: Steve Byrns, 325-653-4576, s-byrns@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Mark Burow, 806-746-6101, mburow@tamu.edu   LUBBOCK– A Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist said the recent release of the first peanut genome sequences to the public by the International Peanut Genome Initiative should have major effects on Texas peanut production for years to come.   “This release is important […]

AgriLife Today provides visual look for Texas agriculture enthusiasts

COLLEGE STATION — People interested in Texas agriculture can catch a glimpse of it – literally – on the AgriLife Today YouTube channel. The channel, http://www.youtube.com/agrilifetoday,  features news videos produced by the Texas A&M AgriLife media relations team from throughout the state. The news videos cover the programs and science of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension […]

Texas A&M researchers to study cowpea drought and heat tolerance

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Meiping Zhang, 979-862-4800, mpzhang@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Cowpeas, known as black-eyed peas in the U.S., are an important and versatile food legume grown in more than 80 countries. Texas A&M University scientists are working to map the genes controlling drought and heat tolerance in recent varieties. New and […]

Texas A&M breeder develops new sorghum variety for Central America

Brown midrib trait adds digestibility, palatability in forage for small dairies Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bill Rooney, 979-845-2151, wlr@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A new brown midrib sorghum variety will help small farming and livestock operations in Central America, according to its developer, Dr. Bill Rooney, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant breeder […]

A ‘SNP chip’ will help cotton breeding researchers take giant leap

AgriLife Research joins in release of new cotton genomic technology Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. David Stelly, 979-845-2745, stelly@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Narrow germplasm base and limited technology have made it difficult for cotton researchers to identify specific DNA markers needed to locate genes that confer desirable traits. But that’s no longer the […]

Heifer International’s Pierre Ferrari to speak about “Passing on the Gift,” serving the world

COLLEGE STATION — Pierre Ferrari, CEO of the philanthropic and international development organization Heifer International, will be the guest lecturer for two events at Texas A&M University this week. He will be the guest lecturer for a Borlaug Seminar Series from 7-8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 14 and the keynoter for the Blue Bell Lecture Series […]

Texas A&M takes lead on tropical forest evapotranspiration grant awarded by DOE

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Georgianne Moore, 979-845-3765, gwmoore@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Georgianne Moore, associate professor in the Texas A&M University department of ecosystem science and management, will be part of a team studying the flux of water vapor and carbon dioxide within tropical forests. The Department of Energy awarded the team a […]

USAID official discusses challenges of feeding growing global population

Writer: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A senior official from the U.S. Agency for International Development recently praised Texas A&M University and its students for becoming one of seven institutions participating in USAID’s Higher Education Solutions Network. “I want to applaud you and you should applaud yourselves,” said Dr. Alex Dehgan, USAID’s science […]

Clarke honored for international efforts in agriculture, rural development

           COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Neville Clarke received the 2013 Special Service Award from the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development recently at the Future Leader’s Forum in Washington, D.C.            Clarke, special assistant for program development for the vice chancellor of agriculture at Texas A&M University, was recognized for his […]