Category Archives: Plant Breeding

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 – 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, Dr. Keerti Rathore, 979-862-4795,   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, Contact: Dr. Bill Rooney, 979-845-2151, 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, Contact: Dr. Bill Rooney, 979-845-2151, 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, Contact: Dr. Craig Nessler, 979-845-8486,   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 →

Public wheat breeder consortium to be developed by USDA grant

Goal to make dramatic improvements to wheat yields Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, Contact: Dr. Shuyu Liu, 806-677-5600, 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, Contact: Dr. John Sweeten, 806-677-5600, 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, Contact: Dr. David Stelly, 979-845-2745, 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 →