Texas A&M student identifies unique 5-million-year-old rhino species

COLLEGE STATION – Rhinoceros don’t roam the prairies of Texas today, and some might not even know they once roamed the Great Plains. But one Texas A&M University student knows about rhinos: she’s identified unique specimens from fossilized remains found in the mountains of Tennessee dating back almost 5 million years. Rachel Short, a doctoral […]

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 […]

AgriLife Research study shows poultry gut health improved under fewer light hours

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists found that poultry producers can increase flock health and reduce dependence on antibiotics simply by turning out the lights. Fewer antibiotics may be necessary in commercial poultry operations according to a research study by AgriLife Research scientists Dr. Anne-Sophie Charlotte Hieke, microbiologist, and Dr. Giri Athrey, avian […]

Texas A&M AgriLife joins international NutriRECS consortium

COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M AgriLife has become the fifth and newest member of the NutriRECS international consortium. The goal of the consortium is to improve the methodology and rigor by which dietary guidelines are developed, establish a higher standard for providing nutrient and dietary guideline recommendations, and improve public policy and health outcomes. Dr. […]

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, […]

No. 1 ranking in US for Texas A&M forensic, investigative sciences major

COLLEGE STATION — Texas A&M University’s forensic and investigative sciences major in the department of entomology was named No. 1 out of the top 25 programs in the U.S. by Bachelor’s Degree Center, http://bit.ly/TAMUrankedNo1. The BDC took a look at cost, reputation, alumni salary, graduation rate and job placement rate to come up with their […]

Texas A&M featured in new report identifying how to supercharge ag science in the US

COLLEGE STATION – A new report issued March 27 shows how U.S. farmers — facing a surge of weather events and disease outbreaks — can increase production and revenues with innovations produced by federally funded agricultural research. The U.S. needs to increase its investment in agricultural research or it risks falling further behind China, according […]

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 […]

Texas A&M University’s Center for Phage Technology to the forefront

COLLEGE STATION — With a major hub of bacteriophage research in College Station, Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have worked to support and produce the only state-funded bacteriophage research center in the U.S. Bacteriophage therapy, a treatment using bacterial viruses to treat bacterial infections, has made headway through the years in the […]