Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced

COLLEGE STATION – The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.            The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal investigator in College Station. […]

Citrus grower education program slated for May 9 in Mission

MISSION – An educational program for Rio Grande Valley citrus growers on the practical aspects of new water conservation technologies will be held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. May 9 at the Lone Star Citrus Growers headquarters, 9625 N. Moorefield Road, Mission. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. at the citrus growers’ packing house. The program […]

Texas A&M AgriLife helping address disease deadly to bats

COLLEGE STATION – The fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in hibernating bats has been detected on three species in the Texas counties of Childress, Collingsworth, Cottle, Hardeman, King and Scurry. Bats play an important role in controlling insect populations that pose threats to Texas crops as well as assist in crop pollination. In 2011, the authors […]

Animal behaviorist looks through the eyes of peafowl

COLLEGE STATION – Flock, muster ostentation, cluster, lek, pulchritude, pride or bawl, no matter what a group of peacocks is called, Texas A&M University at College Station is now home to 40 of them, thanks to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist.                 Dr. Jessica Yorzinski with the university’s wildlife and fisheries sciences department, said […]

AgriLife vegetable breeding program to develop better cultivars

UVALDE – A unique vegetable breeding program at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde could bring improved onion, watermelon, tomato and black-eyed pea varieties to producers in South and Central Texas. “The uniqueness of this multidisciplinary breeding program, involving breeders, physiologists, pathologists and entomologists, is the screening and development of new […]

Program educates youth on the importance of pollinators to agriculture, daily life

SAN ANTONIO — St. John Berchmans Catholic School students in San Antonio learned about the importance of pollinators at the Feed a Bee Planting Event presented Feb. 27 by Bayer in collaboration with National 4-H and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County. The event kicked off Bayer’s 12th annual AgVocacy Forum, which […]

Study at Texas A&M AgriLife center in Uvalde may help boost Texas spinach industry

UVALDE – Research at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde could help re-establish the Texas Winter Garden as one of the premiere areas for spinach production, including organic production, in the U.S. .    According to the Texas State Historical Association, spinach was planted primarily in the Texas Winter Garden area […]

Youth employ technical, interpersonal skills at Agrobotics Challenge in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO – Teams of 4-H and FFA members from throughout Texas applied their technical and interpersonal skills at the Agrobotics Challenge held recently at the Morris Activity Center during the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo. “We had about 30 teams from various counties across the state participate in this year’s challenge,” said Derrick […]

Melting polar ice, rising sea levels not only climate change dangers

COLLEGE STATION —  Climate change from political and ecological standpoints is a constant in the media and with good reason, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist, but proof of its impact is sometimes found in unlikely places. “Discussions of climate change usually are focused on changes occurring in polar and temperate zones, but tropical […]