Category Archives: Plant Breeding

Public wheat breeder consortium to be developed by USDA grant

Goal to make dramatic improvements to wheat yields Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, Shuyu.liu@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Texas A&M AgriLife Research’s wheat genetic and breeding programs will have genes in play when a multi-state, multi-agency project establishes a nationally coordinated consortium to advance wheat yields. The Wheat Coordinated Agricultural Project, titled “Validation, characterization and deployment of QTL for grain yield components in wheat,” is a five-year project jointly funded by U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture and International Wheat Yield… Read More →

Leader in Texas A&M AgriLife plant breeding process dies

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. John Sweeten, 806-677-5600, j-sweeten@tamu.edu VERNON – Texas A&M AgriLife Research lost a tremendous asset July 27 when Steve Brown, Texas Foundation Seed Service program director in Vernon, was killed in a car accident. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Sullivan Funeral Home, 1801 Houston St. in Vernon. Visitation will be from 6-7 p.m. July 29 in the chapel of the funeral home. The funeral service will be at 10 a.m. July 30 in First Baptist Church at 2003 Fannin St.  Burial… Read More →

New report: ‘Genetically engineered’ crops not adverse to environment or human health

Texas A&M scientist involved in extensive study Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. David Stelly, 979-845-2745, stelly@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Genetically engineered crops have not hurt the environment and are not adversely affecting human health, according to a comprehensive study coordinated by the National Academy of Sciences. “Genetically Engineered Crops, Experiences and Prospects” is a newly released consensus report examining a range of questions and opinions about the economic, agronomic, health, safety or other effects of genetically engineered crops and food. Dr. David Stelly, Texas A&M AgriLife… Read More →

2016 Plant Breeding Symposium

More than one hundred fifty people attended the 2nd Annual Plant Breeding Symposium held February 18, in the MSC Bethancourt Ballroom on the Texas A&M University campus. An additional eighty-five participated via the webinar. According to Ammani Kyanam, one of the graduate students coordinating this year’s event, the webinar participants tuned in from four different countries. There were students from several other colleges/ universities, and a large number from the industry. This year’s symposium, title “Healthier Food for a Healthier World”, featured speakers from DuPont, CIMMYT, and several… Read More →

The Annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium

Soil&Crop Sciences graduate students will host the second annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The one-day research conference is open to the public and will take place in the Memorial Student Center Bethancourt Grand Ballrooms, Room 2300 CDE, on the College Station, Texas campus. The program will begin at 8:00 AM with an evening reception to follow. The symposium is free to attend, but registration is required for both on-campus and webinar participation. To register for the symposium and for more details, please… Read More →

The Annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium

Soil&Crop Sciences graduate students will host the second annual Texas A&M Plant Breeding Symposium on Thursday, February 18, 2016. The one-day research conference is open to the public and will take place in the Memorial Student Center Bethancourt Grand Ballrooms, Room 2300 CDE, on the College Station, Texas campus. The program will begin at 8:00 AM with an evening reception to follow. The symposium is free to attend, but registration is required for both on-campus and webinar participation. To register for the symposium and for more details, please… Read More →