Category Archives: Research

Texas A&M researchers to develop climate-smart sorghum

By: Kay Ledbetter Contacts: Dr. Nithya Rajan, nrajan@tamu.edu Dr. Bill Rooney, wlr@tamu.edu Dr. Ronnie Schnell, ronshcnell@tamu.edu Improved yield, greenhouse gas mitigation, water quality are ultimate goals Texas A&M researchers believe the development of climate-smart crops is the key to improving nitrogen-use efficiency and reducing fertilizer nitrogen loss in agricultural fields. The crops would have the ability to suppress soil nitrification and have reduced nitrogen emissions, said Dr. Nithya Rajan, Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop physiologist and principal investigator in College Station. Rajan initiated a project study, “Innovative Sorghum-Based… Read More →

TAMU Turfgrass team displays research to USGA

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Ben Wherley, b-wherley@tamu.edu The Texas A&M Turfgrass Science team recently hosted members of the United States Golf Association Green Section’s research committee at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Center for Lawn and Garden Research. During the visit, faculty and grad students from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences provided updates on several multi-year research projects that are currently being funded by the USGA Green Section. Drs. Ben Wherley and Kevin McInnes, respectively Associate Professor and Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop… Read More →

Texas A&M corn breeder is taking Texas Whiskey to Capitol Hill

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Seth Murray – sethmurray@tamu.edu Dr. Seth Murray recently conducted a whiskey tasting on Capitol Hill to help educate legislators on the importance of public agriculture research. Murray’s presentation was part of the Hill Lunch-N-Learn seminar series sponsored by the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research (C-FAR). More than 100 Congressional staff members had the opportunity to taste three Texas whiskeys as Murray, Associate Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and Butler Chair for Corn Breeding and Genetics at… Read More →

Rice Researcher addresses plant survival during extended flooding

Written by: Kay Ledbetter Contact: Contact: Dr. Endang Septiningsih, 979-845-7527, eseptiningsih@tamu.edu Rice crops can stress under too much water or water at the wrong time. Developing tolerance to these flooding stresses and improving rice cultivars is the life passion for Dr. Endang “Septi” Septiningsih, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Rice growers around the world have had two choices: plant poor-yielding traditional varieties that are moderately tolerant to long periods of submersion in water to withstand the flash floods of the monsoon season, or plant high-yielding submergence-intolerant varieties… Read More →

Tomorrow’s scientists help with today’s discoveries

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Today’s research advances in the world of wheat genetics are getting a big hand from tomorrow’s scientists, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist who has had three students publish their research in major journals this past year. These Texas A&M University students working through their doctoral studies have helped conduct major studies that improved the understanding of unique traits in TAM wheat cultivars released by AgriLife Research’s wheat breeding program, said Dr. Shuyu Liu, AgriLife Research wheat geneticist in Amarillo and committee chair… Read More →

Wenwei Xu named AgriLife Research Director’s Scientist of the Year

Writer: Kay Ledbetter The Texas A&M AgriLife Research Director’s Research Scientist of the Year award was presented to Dr. Wenwei Xu, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn plant breeder in Lubbock and professor in Texas A&M University’s department of soil and crop sciences. Wenwei Xu The Research Director’s awards were presented on Jan. 8 at a ceremony on the Texas A&M campus. The awards recognize and reward the achievements of individuals and teams with outstanding work to support the research mission. Xu’s work has helped reduce aflatoxin contamination… Read More →

Bagavathiannan receives early career research award

By: Kay Ledbetter The Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence – Early Career Research honor was presented to Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan at a ceremony Jan. 7 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. The awards, established in 1980, recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife, and represent the highest level of achievement for the organization. Bagavathiannan joined the Texas A&M department of soil and crop sciences as a tenure-track weed science faculty in 2014 with a Texas… Read More →

Coffee Education Symposium held at Texas A&M

Writer: Beth Ann Luedeker Coffee researchers, roasters and others with an interest in coffee gathered at the Scotts turfgrass facility on the Texas A&M University campus to discuss opportunities for coffee research. “Coffee is not one of our top crops, but millions of pounds are roasted and consumed in Texas each year,” said Dr. Leo Lombardini, Horticulture Professor and Director of the Texas A&M Coffee Center. “In the Houston area alone, there are about 100 small roasters and 15 large roasters.” Coffee is an important commodity for the… Read More →

Students participate in research Down Under

Writer: Beth Ann Luedeker Educators know that hands-on experience is a critical part of learning, and Texas A&M University offers many opportunities for students to study abroad, conduct research and participate in internships. This past summer two doctoral students under the supervision of Dr. Cristine Morgan had the opportunity to do all that in Australia. Dianna Bagnall, a soil science major, and Cody Bagnall, a biological and agricultural engineering student, participated in the “Australia-Americas Ph.D. Internship”, a program run through the Australian Academy of Science. During the program,… Read More →

Soil and Crop Sciences students seek to impact global food security

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Karina Morales, kymorales11@tamu.edu Tackling global agriculture/food security issues is one of the primary goals of an advanced agriculture education. Karina Morales, a soil and crop sciences doctoral student under Dr. Michael Thompson, may have the opportunity to make an noticeable impact as she works toward her degree. At the U.S. Borluag Summer Institute for Global Food Security, Morales and her team, “Team Bangladesh”, had the winning proposal in the mock USAID grant funding project. This earned the students a trip to the World… Read More →