Texas A&M AgriLife honors Paetzold with Vice Chancellor’s Award

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence – Technical and Programmatic Staff was presented to Li Paetzold during a ceremony Jan. 7 at Texas A&M University in College Station. The Vice Chancellor’s awards, established in 1980, recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife […]

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 […]

Texas A&M scientists find Mexican endemic fish never identified in U.S.

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M University’s Dr. Kevin Conway, Dr. Joshuah Perkin and their team have located an extremely rare find within the waters of the Rio Grande along the U.S. and Mexico border. The Conchos shiner, Cyprinella panarcys, a fish species identified for the first time on record in the U.S. in April, was […]

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 […]

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 […]

Shan named to Christine Richardson Professorship in Agriculture

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Libo Shan, professor and director of the Norman E. Borlaug Center, Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology, has been appointed the Texas A&M University Christine Richardson Professorship in Agriculture. As holder of the professorship, Shan will be responsible for continuing her research in life sciences per the original criteria of the […]

Texas A&M AgriLife receives sponsored support for agrigenomics lab from PerkinElmer

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife announced PerkinElmer Inc. has agreed to further support the growing field of agrigenomics through a sponsored collaboration of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Genomics and Bioinformatics Services Lab in College Station. “The field of agricultural genomics has developed at a rapid pace over the past 30 years, with molecular […]

AgriLife Research Chapkin named AAAS Fellow

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Robert Chapkin has been named American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow. Chapkin is the William W. Allen Endowed Chair in Nutrition and Chronic Disease Prevention at Texas A&M. He is a University Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor and University Faculty Fellow in the Program in Integrative Nutrition and Complex Diseases. […]

Incredible Edible Insect Event in San Antonio a ‘tasteful’ experience

SAN ANTONIO — More than 300 people attended the recent Incredible Edible Insect Event held in the culinary garden area of the San Antonio Botanical Garden. The event, which included a four-course tasting of foods made with insect-based ingredients,  was presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Bexar County in collaboration with the […]