Author Archives: Beth Luedeker

Fritjof Capra to present Kavli Science at Carnegie

Advancing Leadership in Science & Technology MEDIA RELEASE Contact: Lynda West, Project Manager Monday, 13 November 2017 Council of Scientific Society Presidents 254-776-3550, Ext. 3 lyndaw@sgmeet.com Best-Selling Author of The Tao of Physics, Fritjof Capra, to speak at Carnegie Washington, D.C. – Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., best-selling author whose work includes The Tao of Physics, will present the Fred Kavli Science at the Frontiers Lecture on Monday evening, 4 December 2017, at the Carnegie Institution for Science. His talk, entitled The Systems View of Life: A Science for Sustainable… Read More →

Genetic discovery another tool in battle against wheat pests

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, SLiu@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Greenbug and Hessian fly infestations can significantly reduce wheat yield and quality in Texas and worldwide. Breeding for resistance to these two pests using marker-assisted selection just got a new tool from a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. Because genetics is the most economical strategy to minimize losses, AgriLife Research wheat geneticist Dr. Shuyu Liu began two years ago searching for breeder-friendly markers for those two insects. This step is a continuation of ongoing genetic… Read More →

Students Win with PulCe Muffins

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Joseph Awika  awika@tamu.edu  979-845-2985   Shreeya Ravisankar and Tadesse Teferra, both doctoral students under Dr. Joseph Awika, and with Celeste Totten, an undergraduate in food science, have been working for many months to create a new breakfast muffin. Last month their efforts were rewarded. At the American Association of Cereal Chemists International (AACCI) annual meeting in San Diego, the trio claimed first place in the product development competition with their PulCe Muffins. According to the students, PulCe muffins are a gluten-free, whole… Read More →

Cold brew coffee phenomenon producing possible turfgrass fertilizer

By: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Ben Wherley – b-wherley@tamu.edu   979-845-1591 From the coffee maker to the lawn, investigators in a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study are scattering spent coffee grounds on turf plots to see if the beverage leftovers can give the grass a jolt like the drink does for its consumer. Dr. Ben Wherley, Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass ecologist in College Station, said the two-year study will determine if the used coffee grounds can serve as a replacement for some of the currently used top-dressing fertilizers… Read More →

Soil Judging teams wins at Regionals

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Sarah Vaughan: sarahvaughan23@tamu.edu   Dr. Cristine Morgan: clsmorgan@tamu.edu    979-845-3603 The Texas A&M University Soil Judging team came out on top at the Region 4 competition in San Marcos last month, and earned a spot in the national competition to be held at the University of Tennessee at Martin next March. Three members of the team finished among the top ten individuals at the contest. Leading the way for the Aggies was Nicole Shigley, a junior Plant and Environmental Soil Science (PSSC). Nicole was… Read More →

Weather delayed cool-season forage planting

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, 903-834-6191, vacorriher@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Monte Rouquette, 903-834-6191, monte.rouquette@ag.tamu.edu OVERTON – Warm temperatures and dry conditions have pushed planting of cool-season forage plantings past the normal, prime window for many East Texas producers, according to Texas A&M AgriLife experts. Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service forage specialist, Overton, said producers ideally wanted to plant winter pastures between late-September and mid-October. But roller coaster temperatures and dry conditions have pushed many producers to plant late or consider not planting at… Read More →

Ibrahim, Smith named Fellows by Crop Sciences Society of America

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, aibrahim@tamu.edu Dr. Gerald Smith, 903-834-6191, gerald.smith@ag.tamu.edu TAMPA, Florida – Two Texas A&M AgriLife Research professors were honored for their professional achievements with the title of Fellow by the Crop Sciences Society of America Oct. 23 in Tampa, Florida. The two honored were Dr. Amir Ibrahim, wheat breeder in the Texas A&M University department of soil and crop sciences in College Station, and Dr. Gerald Smith, Regents Fellow at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Overton. The… Read More →

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Forensic Soil Science class teaches students about crime scene analysis

Story and Photos By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Jacqui Aitkenhead-Peterson,  jacqui_a-p@tamu.edu Scattered bones found outside the Heep Center this month, were quickly surrounded with crime scene tape to prevent disturbance of the evidence. The “crime scene” was part of an ongoing investigation in the Forensic Soil Science class taught by Dr. Jacqui Aitkenhead-Peterson. Forensic Soil Science (FIVS/SCSC 401) teaches soil science applicable to forensic science.  Students learn to assess soil color, particle size analyses, particle shapes and size, the natural assemblages of soil (physical, biological and chemical)… Read More →

Plant and Soil Science graduate working with AgriCorps in Ghana

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Photos provided by Ryan Tomlin During his senior year as a Plant and Soil Science student, with a minor in Horticulture, at Texas A&M University, Ryan Tomlin ‘16 learned of an opportunity to help teach agriculture to youths in developing countries. After earning his Bachelor of Science in 2016, Tomlin accepted a job as an agronomist with Robinson Fresh, but continued to think about Africa. This summer he chose to join AgriCorps and spend a year encouraging youth and helping them learn to feed… Read More →