New zoysia grass performs as ideal putting surface

DALLAS — A first-of-its-kind zoysia grass hybrid promises superior putting green performance and quality while requiring fewer inputs compared to other warm-season turfgrasses on the market, said Dr. Ambika Chandra, Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass breeding program leader in Dallas. The new variety, tested as DALZ 1308, produced average roll distances above 9 feet in […]

Biochar could benefit anaerobic digestion of animal manure

STEPHENVILLE – New research by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists shows biochar has potential to make anaerobic digestion of animal manure a more efficient method to rid farms of waste while producing methane for energy. Biochar is a man-made charcoal material composed of agricultural wastes including manure, crop residues and forage grasses. It can be […]

Permeable pavements course in Fort Worth offers hands-on instruction

FORT WORTH — A Dec. 15 course, Green Stormwater Infrastructure: Permeable Pavement, offers comprehensive instruction for using environmentally sound permeable pavements, which allow rainwater to pass through their surfaces and into the ground, replenishing precious water resources, organizers said. Course participants at the Fort Worth Botanic Garden will learn about permeable pavement benefits, design, maintenance […]

Circadian clock discovery could help boost water efficiency in food plants

DALLAS — A discovery by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists in Dallas provides new insights about the biological or circadian clock, how it regulates high water-use efficiency in some plants, and how others, including food plants, might be improved for the same efficiency, possibly to grow in conditions uninhabitable for them today. The scientists in […]

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 […]

Texas A&M AgriLife celebrates 50 years at Overton Research and Extension Center July 12

OVERTON – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton will celebrate 50 years as the agricultural science and education headquarters for East Texas on July 12. A ceremony is planned at 1:15 p.m. at the center, 1710 N. Farm-to-Market Road 3053, to recognize the half-century of research that has helped guide cattle, […]

Searcy selected incoming president-elect of the American Society of Ag and Biological Engineers

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Stephen Searcy, head of the biological and engineering department at Texas A&M University, College Station, has been selected as the president-elect of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. Searcy will begin a three-year term at the close of the 2016 international meeting July 17-20 in Orlando, Florida. He will […]

Landscape Irrigation Auditing and Management Short Course April 5-6 in Lubbock

LUBBOCK – A Landscape Irrigation Auditing and Management Short Course is scheduled for April 5-6 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Lubbock, 1102 E. Farm-to-Market Road 1294. The workshop will be conducted by the Texas A&M School of Irrigation-Irrigation Technology Program in cooperation with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service office […]

AgriLife biofuels researcher receives Vice Chancellor’s Award and Faculty Fellow designation

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Sergio Capareda has received a Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence for his role in international involvement. The Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence recognizes the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife. The award was presented Jan. 14 at the AgriLife Center on the Texas A&M University […]

AgriLife Extension sprinkler system lab to receive certification

COLLEGE STATION – New lawn sprinklers have built-in pressure regulators, but how accurate are they? That’s the question he will soon be able to answer, said Charles Swanson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service irrigation specialist, College Station. Swanson manages the Irrigation Technology Programs Lab of the department of biological and agricultural engineering department at Texas […]