News and Updates

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, […]

New Ranch TV website features online video courses for ranchers

COLLEGE STATION – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas Beef Council have partnered to launch a new website,, a comprehensive online site that offers video instruction and materials for livestock producers and ranchers, as well as 4-H’ers and high school agriculture students. “The purpose of this site is to extend information on […]

Austin receives first-ever Urban Forest Assessment


The U.S. Forest Service published the first-ever urban forest assessment—citing the composition and health of the Austin, Texas urban forest, the benefits it provides, and documenting the contributions trees make to the  environment, economy and the well-being of the community’s residents. Texas A&M Forest Service conducted the field work for the assessment, coordinated with the […]

High tunnels on the High Plains


AgriLife Research eyes vegetables for improved water use AMARILLO – When planting season comes around this summer, Dr. Charlie Rush, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant pathologist in Amarillo, won’t be planting traditional crops or in traditional fields. Rush is beginning a new project looking at high-value vegetable crop production under high tunnels, particularly tomatoes this […]

Young drivers stop for RED in Brazos Valley


Reality Education for Drivers program seeks to reduce teen motor vehicle injuries, death COLLEGE STATION – A Reality Education for Drivers, or RED, program led by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is providing a wake-up call for youth in the Brazos Valley area on the consequences of reckless and irresponsible driving. “What we’re doing […]

Expert: Beware of insect pests that can reduce your home’s value


DALLAS – With arthropods being the most diverse and successful organisms on the planet, it shouldn’t be a surprise that insects and their relatives have been highly successful at invading our homes, said Dr. Mike Merchant, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service urban entomologist in Dallas. “Insects have evolved along with humans, actually becoming specialists at […]

Summer-dormant cool-season grasses good option for perennial pastures

VERNON – The past El Nino autumn and winter offered a good opportunity to establish pastures of summer-dormant tall fescue in Texas and Oklahoma, according to Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research forage agronomist and plant breeder in Vernon. “A number of producers inquired about the availability of summer-dormant tall fescue seed last […]