Gabe Saldana is Communications Manager of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center of Dallas, providing coverage across North Texas on behalf of Texas A&M AgriLife Communications. Saldana was a newspaper reporter and subsequently editor of the Mid-Valley Town Crier in Weslaco, TX, covering the Rio Grande Valley of deep South Texas before joining Texas A&M AgriLife in 2014.

Texas A&M AgriLife researchers gain ground in rose rosette battle

COLLEGE STATION — A comprehensive national effort among 30 industry and academic entities led by Texas A&M is gaining ground in the battle against rose rosette. The disease has claimed an estimated $40-$50 million in rose industry losses alongside thousands of jobs, researchers said. The team has tracked the disease across the U.S., developed new […]

A sex-determining gene might help guarantee better papaya production

DALLAS — A gene that dictates which of three sexes a papaya tree will become, before seed germination, could spur a leap in the ultra-nutritious crop’s production. This genetic discovery in sex determination would also move growers a little closer to profitable papaya production in controlled environments, like greenhouses, across the globe. Dr. Qingyi Yu, […]

Texas Crop and Weather Report — March 26, 2019

DALLAS — A Texas landscape that thrives begins with a good design. That is the seasonal message this spring from Patrick Dickinson, horticulturist with Texas A&M AgriLife’s Water University outreach program in Dallas. “Know the colors you want, the space you have to work with and the light conditions in that space before ever entering […]

April 11 healthy cooking class includes recipe book, guest speakers

GARLAND — A live cooking class and educational event April 11 will serve its participants a shrimp dinner and send them home with a book of 15 healthy, delicious recipes. The Path to the Plate – Dinner Tonight Healthy Cooking School, from 6-8 p.m., will also educate guests about agricultural production processes in Texas. The […]

New turfgrass specialist educates on sustainable management, safety

DALLAS — The newest state turfgrass specialist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service aims to inspire sustainable management of safe sports fields and other turfgrass applications. Dr. Chrissie Segars’ office is at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas. Her focus is coaching field managers on a system of approaches where […]

Dallas Ecopark a teaching tool for public, industry, governments

DALLAS — A 7-acre ecopark in far north Dallas will demonstrate how green infrastructure and resource-efficient building practices contribute to sustainable urban and suburban development. The Benny J. Simpson Ecopark, on campus at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Rd., begins welcoming visitors in late 2019. The park features a roughly […]

Gov. Abbott, Dallas, Fort Worth mayors recognize retiring AgriLife specialist

DALLAS — Dr. Dotty Woodson, over 30 years with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, curated and disseminated a wealth of knowledge covering the facets of sustainable landscapes and gardening. She retires from Texas A&M AgriLife Jan. 30 on the heels of congratulatory farewells from Gov. Greg Abbott, Texas A&M administration and the mayors of […]

More than 800 slated to attend beginner’s gardening course in North Texas

DALLAS — A regional gardening course for beginners, to be held Jan. 12, has already garnered more than 800 registrants from around the world, organizers said. The Newcomer’s Guide to Gardening takes place at the Collin College Conference Center, 2400 Community Ave., McKinney. The free learning event, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., will cover the fundamentals of […]

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 […]