Biochar could benefit anaerobic digestion of animal manure

STEPHENVILLE – New research by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists shows biochar has potential to make anaerobic digestion of animal manure a more efficient method to rid farms of waste while producing methane for energy. Biochar is a man-made charcoal material composed of agricultural wastes including manure, crop residues and forage grasses. It can be […]

Genome sequence of fuel-producing alga announced

COLLEGE STATION – The genome of the fuel-producing green microalga Botryococcus braunii has been sequenced by a team of researchers led by a group at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.            The report, in Genome Announcements, comes after almost seven years of research, according to Dr. Tim Devarenne, AgriLife Research biochemist and principal investigator in College Station. […]

Texas A&M to establish premier stable isotope capabilities

COLLEGE STATION – A $1 million grant – Stable Isotope Partnership for Ecology, Environment and Energy Research – will help Texas A&M develop a unique shared mass spectrometry core facility. This will be a useful new approach for predicting petroleum maturation and more cost effective exploration and understanding of biogeochemical processes, researchers said, as well […]

Enzyme discovery leads scientists further down path to pumping oil from plants

COLLEGE STATION —  An enzyme responsible for making hydrocarbons has been discovered by Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists studying a common green microalga called Botryococcus braunii. The study, published in the current issue of the journal Nature Communications, could enable scientists to use the enzyme in a plant to make large amounts of fuel-grade oil, […]

At the root of it all

COLLEGE STATION – Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists will soon be looking deep beneath agricultural row crops to determine what makes them stronger, higher yielding and more adaptable, as well as what they offer in the area of climate change mitigation. Dr. Dirk Hays, AgriLife Research plant geneticist in the soil and crop sciences department […]

Permian Basin Oil and Gas Stewardship Conference slated for third year

ANDREWS – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will conduct the Permian Basin Oil and Gas Stewardship Conference from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 7 at the Lincoln Community Building, 400 NW Ave. J in Andrews. “With the drop in the price of oil, many landowners in the Basin are considering their options with utilizing solar […]

Texas A&M awarded $3.1 million for transformational energy technology

COLLEGE STATION – Production costs of bioenergy crops such as sorghum have kept it from growing into a secure, sustainable source of energy. But a new project led by a Texas A&M AgriLife Research sorghum breeder is aimed at changing that. AgriLife Research, along with Carnegie Mellon University, was recently awarded $3.1 million in funding […]

Ansley recognized as Texas A&M Regents Fellow

COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Jim Ansley, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research rangeland ecologist at Vernon, has been named a Regents Fellow by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents. The board established the Regents Fellow Service Awards in 1998 to recognize exceptional service by professionals in the seven Texas A&M University System agencies. The […]