Category Archives: Plant Breeding

Marsh named Borlaug Scholar by plant breeders

By: Kay Ledbetter Sarah Marsh, a senior in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Texas A&M University, is one of 12 students recognized by the National Association of Plant Breeders, or NAPB, in the 2019 class of NAPB Borlaug Scholars. “The NAPB Borlaug Scholarship awards are given to exceptional students aspiring to a careers in plant breeding and genetics and who have a strong desire to contribute to the improvement of the plants that we all depend upon for our daily needs,” according to NAPB. This… Read More →

Two new wheat varieties announced by Texas A&M AgriLife

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Richard Vierling, 940-552-9941, richard.vierling@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Two new wheat varieties have been announced by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the TAM Wheat Improvement Program, according to Dr. Jackie Rudd, AgriLife Research wheat breeder at Amarillo. “We are excited to release these two new varieties that will complement the TAM lineup already being grown throughout much of Texas and the Southern High Plains of the U.S.,” Rudd said. “Both are well-suited to battle against our environmental challenges… Read More →

Texas A&M releases new corn lines for use in commercial hybrids

By: Kay Ledbetter Texas corn producers will have hybrids better suited to the state’s longer growing season and multiple stresses in the future after a Texas A&M AgriLife team from across the state released five new lines bred specifically for that purpose. “These are the first lines tested, selected and released for commercial corn hybrid production in central and south Texas in over 20 years,” said Dr. Seth Murray, Eugene Butler Endowed Chair at Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder in College Station. “They… Read More →

2019 Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium held

Writer: Beth Ann Luedeker Soil and Crop Sciences and Horticulture graduate students teamed up once again to host the Texas A&M University Plant Breeding Symposium at the Memorial Student Center February 21. This is the fourth year for student-run symposium, and the event keeps getting bigger and better. Since its inception the symposium has been attended by 1,200 scientists and graduate students either in person or via the live webinar broadcast. Plant Breeders, Assemble! was the theme for this year, with a focus on how interdisciplinary teams are… Read More →

Protein derived from cottonseed for human nutrition is one step closer to reality

By: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Dr. Keerti Rathore – rathore@tamu.edu Cottonseed ground into flour to deliver protein to millions of people, a project to which Dr. Keerti Rathore has devoted more than half his professional career, is one step closer to reality. Rathore, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist in College Station, received word that Texas A&M’s “Petition for Determination of Non-regulated Status for Ultra-Low Gossypol Cottonseed (ULGCS) TAM66274” has been approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, or APHIS. Texas A&M… Read More →

Engineered cotton uses weed-suppression chemical as nutrient

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677- 5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Keerti Rathore, 979-862-4795, rathore@tamu.edu   COLLEGE STATION – A newly developed fertilizer system will provide nutrition to engineered cotton crops worldwide and a deadly dose to weeds that are increasingly herbicide resistant, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research study. The new system applies phosphite to cotton crops engineered to express a certain gene — a gene that makes cotton able to process the phosphite into nutrition while the same compound suppresses weeds that are unable to use it, researchers said…. Read More →

Corn Whiskey Research in Aggieland

Story and Photos by Beth Ann Luedeker   Dr. Seth Murray, Texas A&M Soil and Crop Sciences Associate Professor and Butler Chair, primarily focuses his research on improving the productivity, sustainability and quality of agriculture production through scientific research; most of his work is in corn (maize). He has recently branched out, slightly, to help his graduate student, Rob Arnold, search for the ideal Texas-grown corn for the production of whiskey. Arnold, who is working on his doctoral degree in Plant Breeding under Murray, is also the head… Read More →

AgriLife Research and Forage Genetics International sign multi-year agreement

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bill Rooney, 979-845-2151, wlr@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – A greater interest in forage sorghums from the beef and dairy industries has led to a multi-year agreement between Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Forage Genetics International LLC, or FGI, a subsidiary of Arden Hills, Minnesota-based Land O’Lakes Inc. “FGI is excited to collaborate with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Dr. Rooney,” said Shawn Barnett, FGI president in Arden Hills, Minnesota. “For more than 25 years, FGI has led the forage industry with innovative… Read More →

Dr. Bill Rooney appointed to Texas A&M’s Borlaug-Monsanto Chair for Plant Breeding

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bill Rooney, 979-845-2151, wlr@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Bill Rooney, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research sorghum breeder in the Texas A&M department of soil and crop sciences in College Station, has been appointed as the first holder of the Borlaug-Monsanto Chair for Plant Breeding and International Crop Improvement. Texas A&M and Monsanto created the chair in honor of Dr. Norman Borlaug, who won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in plant breeding. Funding for the chair comes from a… Read More →

Innovation of researchers yields better food, feed and fiber for consumers

By: Kathleen Phillips Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Craig Nessler, 979-845-8486, cnessler@tamu.edu   When the names of two researchers were called as top innovators at the recent Texas A&M Technology Commercialization banquet in College Station, officials at Texas A&M AgriLife beamed. “It was gratifying to see that our efforts to attract and support the best scientists was noticed and honored,” said Dr. Craig Nessler, director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the agency that yielded both winners — Dr. Gregory Sword and Dr. Joshua Yuan. “And we’re… Read More →