Texas Water Resources Institute to host water modeling workshop Oct. 5 in Austin

AUSTIN–The Texas Water Resources Institute is hosting Introduction to Watershed Modeling Oct. 5 at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality headquarters, 12100 Park 35 Circle in Austin. The workshop will be from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the commission’s Building B, Room 201A. Cost is $100 and includes course materials, a catered lunch and a certificate […]

International beef initiative launched by Texas A&M animal science

COLLEGE STATION – A new international beef initiative is underway by the Texas A&M University department of animal science, emphasizing research and educational activities related to cattle adapted to subtropical and tropical climates. Dr. Cliff Lamb, department head, said two new faculty positions have been created to lead this effort. The initiative includes establishing a […]

Rainwater harvesting turf management training rescheduled to Oct. 5 in Seguin

SEGUIN – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Healthy Lawns and Healthy Waters Program is hosting a residential rainwater harvesting and turf management training with the Geronimo and Alligator Creeks Watershed Partnership Oct. 5 in Seguin. The event was originally set for Aug. 29 but was rescheduled due to flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. The […]

RNA discovery could help boost plant drought, salt tolerance

DALLAS — Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists have discovered a ribonucleic acid, or RNA, that can increase the thale cress plant’s resistance to stress from drought and salt. The discovery could help illuminate a new pathway to engineering drought- and salt-tolerant plants, including food crops, said Dr. Liming Xiong, AgriLife Research associate professor, Dallas. The […]

Researchers stumped by plants with multiple chromosomes set January meeting to collaborate

COLLEGE STATION — Some of the world’s most beloved plants — coffee, bananas, potatoes, chrysanthemums and roses, to name a few — could be made even better, but the complexity of their chromosomes either stumps or stifles scientists who study them.             “They’re polyploids, which means instead of having two sets of chromosomes like humans […]

New Texas A&M Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecological Sciences Building grand opening celebrated at College Station

COLLEGE STATION – Sept. 15 marked the grand opening of the new Wildlife, Fisheries and Ecological Sciences Building at 534 John Kimbrough Blvd. on the Texas A&M University West Campus. Dr. Mark Hussey, vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M, College Station, said the $32.5 million building is the fourth […]

Colorful winter-hardy hibiscus hybrids continue trek to consumer gardens

VERNON – The winter-hardy hibiscus breeding program led by Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research forage agronomist and plant breeder at Vernon, is in the spotlight again. “We are about to conclude our seventh breeding season, and we have another 20 or so unique hibiscus hybrids that may beautify gardens across the U.S. […]

Periodic charts bring new meaning to Texas A&M wildlife researcher, others

COLLEGE STATION – To many of us, the mere mention of a “periodic table” conjures up pop quizzes, dread and the queasiness associated with past ninth grade chemistry classes dealing with the famous element chart, but to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist and his colleagues, the term has taken on a whole new meaning.                 […]

AgConnect simulation exercise draws national animal health leaders

COLLEGE STATION – Veterinary health practitioners, federal and state officials, and others from across Texas and the U.S. recently participated in a two-day animal health exercise utilizing AgConnect, a suite of tools used to collect data in the field and analyze it in real time. The activities included a simulated disease outbreak that demonstrated how […]

Riparian, stream ecosystem workshop set Oct. 3 in Robstown

ROBSTOWN–The Texas Water Resources Institute’s Texas Riparian and Stream Ecosystem Education Program will host a free workshop in the Robstown area from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 3 for local residents interested in land and water stewardship in the Lower Nueces River watershed. The morning session will be at the Nueces County Emergency Services District No. […]