News and Updates

January VC Update

Dr. Marco Palma and Dr. Luis Ribera elaborate on how the Human Behavior Lab is working towards improving people’s lives through studying the motivations behind the food choices individuals make and developing ways to influence people to make the best nutritional decisions for themselves. This study is especially important due to the rise in chronic […]

Connecting Animal and Human Health

New Poultry Biosciences Facility to Contribute to Animal and Human Health Merck Animal Health and Tyson Foods have provided gift funding for the new research facility, which aims to solve health-related challenges facing the poultry industry. Fumonisin Not Detrimental to Beef Cattle In high levels, Fumonisin can be toxic to livestock and humans. In 2001, […]

Breaking Ground

New Plants and Crops Tropical cheer for winter in Texas Dr. Dariusz Malinowski, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant physiologist and Jim Berry, president of J. Berry were recently awarded their third major award for their hibiscus collection. What makes these hibiscus’ unique? First, they exhibit unusual colors from a coral-salmon to the elusive blue. In addition […]

Critical situation in corn has producers looking for answers

AMARILLO – Corn farmers worried about fumonisin contamination in their fields need to immediately contact their crop insurance agent – that was the message from two emergency meetings held Sept. 27 in the Texas High Plains. More than 300 people packed a meeting on fumonisin at Dumas on Sept. 27. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by […]

Ground broken for plant pathology, microbiology building at Texas A&M

 COLLEGE STATION — Ground was broken on the Texas A&M University West Campus in College Station Thursday for a $49 million Plant Pathology and Microbiology building, scheduled to be completed by May 2019.   “This building will help us to address our grand challenges of feeding our world, protecting our environment, enriching our youth, improving […]

RNA discovery could help boost plant heat, drought tolerance

DALLAS — Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists have discovered a ribonucleic acid, or RNA, that can increase the thale cress plant’s resistance to stress from drought and salt. The discovery could help illuminate a new pathway to engineering drought- and salt-tolerant plants, including food crops, said Dr. Liming Xiong, AgriLife Research associate professor, Dallas. A […]

AgriLife Extension EFNEP summer program feeds children’s bodies and minds

SAN BENITO/EDINBURG – This summer, low-income and underserved children in the Lower Rio Grande Valley received a healthy snack and lunch along with a side order of nutrition at camps set up to feed their bodies and minds. At the Play and Learn Day Care Center in San Benito every Tuesday and Thursday in July, […]

Watermelon trial provides useful information for Texas producers

SAN ANTONIO – The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service melon trials at the San Antonio Food Bank not only provided produce for those in need,but also important information for Texas agricultural producers. “We’ve been conducting these trials at the Urban Farm of the San Antonio Food Bank for four years,” said David Rodriguez, Texas A&M […]

Ground-penetrating radar could help producers dig potatoes early – AgriLife Today

COLLEGE STATION – Ground-penetrating radar might help the potato industry save water, according to Dr. Dirk Hays, Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant geneticist in the soil and crop sciences department at College Station. Hays’ latest project utilizes ground-penetrating radar to select early maturing potato cultivars, which can help producers make harvest decisions and increase water-use […]

High tunnel value proven in High Plains vegetable production – AgriLife TodayAgriLife Today

AMARILLO – High tunnels at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research station near Bushland have made a difference between having a vegetable crop and not having one. “Texas A&M AgriLife Research is really trying to reinvigorate their vegetable program, putting extra effort into production across the state,” said Dr. Charlie Rush, AgriLife Research plant pathologist in […]