News and Updates

NWCG meets at TFS to discuss future of wildland fire leadership

Some of the nation’s brightest and most accomplished leaders in wildland firefighting met this week at Texas A&M Forest Service headquarters to discuss the future of leadership development in the field. Attendees were all members of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group’s Leadership Subcommittee, representing all facets of wildland fire from fire departments to state and […]

Controlling Mosquitoes to Reduce the Spread of Zika Virus

aedes aegypti mosquito that carries zika virus

Controlling mosquitoes to reduce the spread of Zika virus would be easy if there was a perfect pesticide.  However, experience has shown that pesticides alone rarely produce complete or lasting control of pests, whether battling cockroaches in kitchens, or mosquitoes in marshes. This observation is the basis of a control strategy called “Integrated Mosquito Management” […]

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 […]