Manipulation of gossypol-containing glands in cotton can boost plant’s natural defenses

COLLEGE STATION – Development of a cotton plant with stronger natural defenses due to a greater gland density and thus more gossypol in the leaves could soon be a reality, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist in College Station. Seeds and other parts of cotton possess dark glands containing toxic terpenoids such […]

AgriLife expert: Cotton producers should reassess planting populations

VERNON – Cotton producers may need to dial in their planting populations to reduce input costs, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. Seed costs have become very high for modern cotton varieties due to technology fees, making producers think twice about their seeding rates, said Dr. Curtis Adams, AgriLife Research crop physiologist in […]

Panhandle Livestock Professionals address livestock industry needs

AMARILLO – Improvements in collaboration are being made in the Texas Panhandle livestock industry through a unique outreach group known as the Panhandle Livestock Professionals, or PLP. This group was established to provide a forum for livestock professionals to meet and discuss problems, ideas and experiences that can help improve the regional industry, said Dr. […]

Tomorrow’s scientists help with today’s discoveries

COLLEGE STATION – Today’s research advances in the world of wheat genetics are getting a big hand from tomorrow’s scientists, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist who has had three students publish their research in major journals this past year. These Texas A&M University students working through their doctoral studies have helped conduct […]

Texas A&M AgriLife Research distinguished professor mourned

COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Martin B. Dickman, a distinguished professor and former director of the Norman E. Borlaug Center Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology at Texas A&M University, passed away Dec. 2 in Santa Barbara, California. Dickman, 68, focused his Texas A&M AgriLife Research studies on the fundamental molecular aspects of fungal-plant interactions, studying […]

Experts: Get private well water screened after flooding to ensure safety

COLLEGE STATION – Results from Texas well water screenings in areas affected by flooding over the past few years show the importance of those screenings in helping ensure water quality and human health, said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service personnel supporting the agency’s Texas Well Owner Network, or TWON. “Private water well owners whose wells […]

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 […]