New computer model uses decades of data to help producers predict wheat forage success

OVERTON – A new, pioneering forage wheat model could provide a valuable technique to researchers exploring the potential of biomass production for cool-season annual forage grasses, according to model developers. Researchers at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton – Dr. Monte Rouquette, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant physiologist, and Dr. Prem […]

Longtime AgriLife Research economist Dr. James Richardson to retire

COLLEGE STATION – Since the mid-1980s, the simulation model developed by a Texas A&M AgriLife Research economist has been used to evaluate countless farm bill proposals by Congress to determine both the good and bad financial outcomes for U.S. farmers. After a 41-year career with the Texas A&M System, Dr. James Richardson, co-director of the […]

Researchers zero in on potential therapeutic target for diabetes, associated diseases

COLLEGE STATION – A recent study led by researchers in Texas A&M University’s department of nutrition and food science shows how a novel regulatory mechanism serves as an important biomarker for the development of diabetes, as well as a potential therapeutic target for its prevention. The study can be found online in the November edition […]

Pierson at conference: Plant microbiomes could hold key to higher yields

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Betsy Pierson, professor in the department of horticulture sciences for Texas A&M University, spoke at the Texas Plant Protection Association conference, stressing the importance of microbiome research for Texas growers. Microbiomes are tiny ecosystems surrounding plants, involving microorganisms that contribute to a plant’s health and productivity. Pierson, the 2017 TPPA academic/agency […]

Texas A&M Human Behavior Laboratory now open for business  

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M Human Behavior Lab hosted an open house and guest lecture as part of the grand opening recently at the Centeq Building, 1500 Research Parkway, Suite 221 in College Station. The opening also featured a tour of what is now the largest human behavior lab in the world. The lab […]

AgriLife scientists: Sugarcane genome sequencing a big first step toward better varieties

DALLAS — Sequencing the especially complex genome of sugarcane is one of the significant achievements of agricultural science in 2018, appearing as the cover story of the international science journal Nature Genetics in November. The accomplishment is a step toward molecular interventions that could one day allow sugarcane crop improvements to take place over shorter […]

Neely new president of Texas Plant Protection Association

BRYAN – Dr. Clark Neely, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service small grain specialist in College Station, has been announced as the new president of the Texas Plant Protection Association at the annual conference held recently in Bryan. Neely became the new association president after Dr. Kranthi Mandadi, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist at Weslaco, who […]

Precision nutrition to play key role in future needs of growing Texas

COLLEGE STATION – The vice chancellor of Texas A&M AgriLife and director of the state’s premier agricultural research agency said precision nutrition and responsive agriculture will play key roles in meeting the future health and dietary needs of a quickly expanding Texas population. Dr. Patrick Stover, director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, told attendees at […]

Texas A&M AgriLife receives sponsored support for agrigenomics lab from PerkinElmer

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife announced PerkinElmer Inc. has agreed to further support the growing field of agrigenomics through a sponsored collaboration of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Genomics and Bioinformatics Services Lab in College Station. “The field of agricultural genomics has developed at a rapid pace over the past 30 years, with molecular […]

Texas Water Resources Institute to host watershed plan training

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas Water Resources Institute, or TWRI, will host an Implementing Watershed Plans Training Dec. 17 in College Station for watershed coordinators and water and natural resource professionals. The training is set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Texas A&M Forest Service, 200 Technology Way. Nathan Glavy, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service […]