Kathleen Phillips has been covering agriculture in Texas since 1978. She has a bachelor's and an master's in agriculture journalism from Texas Tech University.

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 […]

Crapemyrtle pest to be targeted by $3.3 million grant to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension

COLLEGE STATION — The most popular flowering shrub in the U.S. has a new ally in a fight against a new, devastating exotic pest. A $3.3 million grant will fund the study “Systematic Strategies to Manage Crapemyrtle Bark Scale” to be led by Dr. Mengmeng Gu, associate professor and ornamental horticulturist for Texas A&M AgriLife […]

Time will tell what Harvey did to Texas coastal landscapes

ANGLETON — Unlike people and animals, plants can’t evacuate when threatening weather approaches, and long tenures in flood waters can take a toll. But as water recedes and people recover their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, landscapes also will need to be watched for signs of stress, said Stephen Brueggerhoff, Texas A&M AgriLife […]

Improving U.S. melon crop focus of $4.4 million study at Texas A&M AgriLife Research

COLLEGE STATION — More than $4.4 million is being funded to discover ways to improve the U.S. melon industry through a grant to scientists with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and in seven other states. The monies, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, were part of $35 million given […]

Flood-damaged documents, books may be salvageable with electron beam technology

COLLEGE STATION – Documents, books and similar items soaked and muddied in the potentially sewage-laden flood waters produced by Hurricane Harvey may be salvageable with the use of electronic beam technology.            “This technology has been used around the world to save documents and paintings that otherwise would be lost,” said Dr. Suresh Pillai, director of […]

MEDIA ADVISORY: Texas A&M AgriLife provides English, Spanish PSAs on hurricane recovery

COLLEGE STATION – As Harvey strengthens in the Gulf of Mexico, experts predict widespread flooding and wind damage will occur. The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has a series of Public Service Announcements available for media use to help people learn how to clean up and stay safe after the storm. PSAs with their scripts, […]

Sheng named resident director for Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center-El Paso

EL PASO —  Dr. Zhuping Sheng has been named director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center-El Paso, effective Sept. 1. Sheng joined the center in April 2001 and is a professor of agricultural engineering with AgriLife Research. “Dr. Sheng’s expertise in agricultural engineering and water along with his proven leadership ability make him an […]