Gene editing approach aims for broad disease resistance in staple food crops

DALLAS — A novel gene editing approach could hold the key to broad-spectrum disease resistance in certain staple food crops without causing physical detriment to the plants, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Junqi Song, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Dallas, explores how a “knock-in” gene editing approach might achieve better disease resistance […]

Understanding how to control ‘jumping’ genes

COLLEGE STATION – A team of Texas A&M University and Texas AgriLife Research scientists have made a new discovery of how a single protein, Serrate, plays dual roles in controlling jumping genes. The work will greatly help scientists manipulate gene expression for breeding better crops as well as design a more efficient therapeutic strategy for […]

Region 16 STEM teachers tour AgriLife Research farm

AMARILLO – Texas A&M AgriLife Research hosted a group of about 20 science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, teachers from Region 16 schools recently at the research farm near Bushland. “We were interested in showing them the kinds of research we do that involve the STEM disciplines,” said Dr. Brent Auvermann, Texas A&M AgriLife […]

Top turfgrass producers converge in Dallas, preview latest zoysia, St. Augustine research

DALLAS — About a dozen of Texas’ leading turfgrass producers toured Texas A&M AgriLife Research facilities where ongoing studies aim to breed the next generation of high quality, resilient turfgrass varieties for the consumer market. The Dallas turfgrass breeding team, led by AgriLife Research scientist Dr. Ambika Chandra, welcomed the Turfgrass Producers of Texas, or […]

Temple center welcomes producers, industry professionals during field day

TEMPLE – The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center and U.S. Department of Agriculture Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory, which operate on the same campus in Temple, recently opened their doors to more than 60 area producers and agriculture industry professionals during their second annual field day. Attendees toured the 600-acre facility to […]

Vegetable Spring Field Day in Uvalde draws producers

UVALDE – More than 80 agricultural producers and those in agriculture-related businesses attended the recent Vegetable Spring Field Day at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde. Participants came to the center to get science-based information and insights into the production of various crops, as well as different growing systems and improvement […]

Texas A&M AgriLife Research to lead project to enhance spinach production, safety

UVALDE – Texas A&M AgriLife research will collaborate with the Texas Department of Agriculture and the University of California at Davis on a project to help agricultural producers and consumers through improving nitrogen use efficiency and food safety in spinach. The entities were recently awarded a $743,878 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for […]

AgriLife Research to study prenatal stress impacts in cattle

OVERTON – A $382,800 federal grant will fund research to identify the impacts of prenatal stress on beef cattle DNA, white blood cells, other tissue and subsequent changes in genetics related to temperament, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Dr. Ron Randel, AgriLife Research physiologist, said the three-year grant will finance research focused on […]

Texas A&M, PerkinElmer create leading public agriculture, life sciences genome platform

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Research and their internationally recognized Genomics and Bioinformatics Service are poised to change the face of agriculture-focused genomics. “We are excited to make this significant announcement on National DNA Day, which celebrates the 15th anniversary of the Human Genome Project,” said Texas A&M University System Chancellor John Sharp. “On […]

Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Extension converge at EarthX April 20-22

DALLAS – Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will showcase environmental initiatives in more than 2,400 square feet of display booth space at EarthX April 20-22. “The world’s largest environmental experience,” according to EarthX’s event website, takes place at Fair Park, Dallas. The three-day event includes an exposition, conference and […]