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NASA sponsors AgriLife research of drought-stricken trees


Severe drought across Texas since 2011 has produced a unique opportunity for Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists to gain a greater understanding of the decaying process of trees and the effects on the surrounding ecosystem. Digital three-dimensional model of forest trees generated by Dr. Sorin Popescu with the terrestrial lidar scanner. The color is associated […]

AgriLife Extension adds two new quail apps


Effort is part of statewide Reversing the Quail Decline Initiative The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has added two new quail management apps to their growing tally of electronic resources for tech-savvy wildlife managers. “These  apps are free and tailored to iPhone, iPad and iTouch users,” said Dr. Jim Cathey, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist and […]

Irrigation auditing/scheduling software migrates to ‘the cloud’

Irrigation auditing/scheduling software migrates to ‘the cloud’

A newly launched website will allow persons to audit an irrigation system completely from the field using mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service engineer. “This is a major upgrade to the current software used for landscape irrigation auditing and producing of irrigation schedules,” said Dr. […]

Temple Grandin stresses the little things on ways to handle livestock

Temple Grandin stresses the little things on ways to handle livestock

When it comes to handling livestock, observing the little things can make for a more pleasant experience – both for the animal and the livestock, according to Dr. Temple Grandin, Colorado State University professor and animal scientist. “I stress to students the need to be observant,” said Grandin, who has advised ranchers, feedlots and meat […]

Beckham completes successful tenure as TVMDL director


For the last six years, Tammy R. Beckham, DVM, PhD, has served as the director of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL). Since 2010, she has served in dual roles, also working as the director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD). On September 4, 2014, Dr. Beckham will leave the diagnostic […]

Studying abroad inspires AGLS students

Photo from the South Africa Biodiversity and Nature-Based Tourism program. Courtesy of Amy Siller.

Gardens, feasts, vineyards, wildlife, oceans, and new ways of looking at the world: that’s just a portion of what College of Agriculture and Life Sciences students encountered while studying abroad this summer. “No matter what your major is within the College, we should have a program that fits you,” says Cathryn Clement, coordinator for international […]

Texas A&M University System, U.N. forge partnership to fight world hunger

Nessler and Semedo sign memorandum of understanding

The Texas A&M University System and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations have joined forces to fight world hunger. Representatives from both entities signed a memorandum of understanding in Rome, Italy, formalizing a partnership that could have a regional, national and international impact, the university system announced Friday. “Our organizations share a […]