3-D crop imaging helps agriculture estimate plant height

COLLEGE STATION – Building three-dimensional point clouds from high-resolution photos taken from unmanned aerial vehicles or drones may soon help plant breeders and agronomists save time and money compared with measuring crops manually. Dr. Lonesome Malambo, postdoctoral research associate in the Texas A&M University ecosystem science and management department in College Station, recently published on […]

Social media training for water professionals Nov. 6-7 in Lewisville

LEWISVILLE – The Texas Water Resources Institute will host a social media workshop for natural resources professionals Nov. 6-7 at the Upper Trinity Regional Water District, 900 N. Kelly St. in Lewisville. “Finding Success for Science through Social Media — Tips, Tools and Tactics for Natural Resource Professionals” will be from 1-4 p.m. Nov. 6 […]

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 […]

Improving U.S. melon crop focus of $4.4 million study at Texas A&M AgriLife Research

COLLEGE STATION — More than $4.4 million is being funded to discover ways to improve the U.S. melon industry through a grant to scientists with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and in seven other states. The monies, provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, were part of $35 million given […]

Can ‘reading’ leaves lead to more drought-tolerant crops?

UVALDE – Looking at leaves to peer into the future might seem the stuff of superstition, but is actually the essence of research conducted by scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife and the University of Southern California. “Our study was based on observations that the more successful crops in areas typically affected by drought are usually […]

Sheng named resident director for Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center-El Paso

EL PASO —  Dr. Zhuping Sheng has been named director of the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center-El Paso, effective Sept. 1. Sheng joined the center in April 2001 and is a professor of agricultural engineering with AgriLife Research. “Dr. Sheng’s expertise in agricultural engineering and water along with his proven leadership ability make him an […]

Researcher: Female rat models needed for more thorough investigation of obesity

COLLEGE STATION — A study by researchers from Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the University of Colorado found male-only rat models used for studying obesity are limited and  don’t address critical factors for understanding it. The study can be found at http://bit.ly/2v5U14T. “Obesity negatively affects virtually every system of the body and increases the risk […]

Study shows mango consumption has positive impact on inflammatory bowel disease

COLLEGE STATION – Initial results of a study by researchers in the department of nutrition and food science at Texas A&M University in College Station show mango consumption has a positive impact on people with inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Susanne Talcott, Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist, and others recently investigated the use of fresh mangoes […]