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 […]

Youth learn soil conservation, nature appreciation at Long Acres Ranch

RICHMOND –Long Acres Ranch near Richmond recently hosted four groups of fourth- and fifth-grade students from Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, providing firsthand instruction on soil erosion and its effect on the environment. “We were not even officially open before these final groups of 2017 came and to date we’ve already had more than 2,000 […]

Chapkin appointed to Allen Chair in nutrition at Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Robert S. Chapkin has been appointed to the William W. Allen Chair in Nutrition at Texas A&M University in College Station. Chapkin is also a Distinguished Professor, Regents Professor and University Faculty Fellow in the Program in Integrative Nutrition and Complex Diseases, as well as a Texas A&M AgriLife Senior Faculty […]

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 […]

Texas researcher receives Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research Award

WESLACO — Scientists are closing in fast on a problem threatening to destroy the world’s orange juice and potato supplies as well as many other foods with a possible solution coming from the root of the issue — hairy roots, to be exact. “The biggest challenge has been that the pathogens that cause citrus greening […]

Navasota River watershed public meeting set Dec. 11

COLLEGE STATION – A public meeting is scheduled on Dec. 11 in College Station for anyone interested in improving and protecting water quality in the Navasota River and its watershed downstream of Lake Limestone. The free meeting, hosted by the Texas Water Resources Institute, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Commission on […]

Study shows plant growth regulators can benefit onion establishment, production

UVALDE – A study by researchers at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde shows the use of externally introduced plant growth regulators can have a positive effect on onion germination and root structure. The study, “Enhancing Onion Seed Germination and Root Traits by Plant Growth Regulators,” was conducted by Andrea Macias, […]

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 […]

It takes a village … a city, a world

BEAUMONT — Aditi Pandey is one of more than 1 million young adults who left their native countries last year for an education in the U.S. About 21 percent of the foreign students came to study engineering, another 19 percent came for business and management, and almost 14 percent came for computer science and math […]