Texas A&M AgriLife Research recognizes two Faculty Fellows

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Texas A&M AgriLife Research recognized two faculty members from the Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department — as a Faculty Fellow and Senior Faculty Fellow — on Jan. 8. Dr. Cristine Morgan, a soil physicist, was honored with the Faculty Fellow title for impactful research recognized by her colleagues in the U.S. and globally. Her research has affected change both within and outside of her discipline, according to her nomination. Dr. Bill Rooney, a plant breeding and genetics professor, was recognized with a… Read More →

Ibrahim earns Texas A&M honor as Regents Professor

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Dr. Amir Ibrahim, Texas A&M AgriLife Research wheat breeder and tenured professor in the Texas A&M University department of soil and crop sciences in College Station, was honored as a Texas A&M Regents Professor recently in College Station. The Texas A&M Board of Regents established the Regents Professor Awards program in 1996 and the Regents Fellow Service Awards program in 1998 to recognize employees who have made exemplary contributions to their university or agency and to the people of Texas. “I am grateful to the… Read More →

Xue honored a Texas A&M Regents Fellow

Writer: Kay Ledbetter Dr. Qingwu Xue, Texas A&M AgriLife Research crop stress physiologist in Amarillo, was honored with the Texas A&M Regents Fellow Service Award recently in College Station. The Texas A&M University System established the Regents Fellow Service Awards to honor service, extension and research professional who have provided exemplary professional service to society that has created large and lasting benefits to Texas and beyond. “It is a great honor to receive such a prestigious award,” Xue said. “I would like to thank all my collaborators, technical… Read More →

Stelly receives Cotton Biotechnology award at Plant and Animal Genome

Texas A&M University’s Dr. David Stelly was selected as the recipient of the 2018 Cotton Biotechnology Award at the Plant and Animal Genome Conference recently in San Diego. Stelly is a professor of cytogenetics, genetics, genomics and plant breeding in the soil and crop sciences department at Texas A&M and has a joint appointment with Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Stelly was one of three nominees this year and was unanimously selected by the committee, said Dr. Don Jones, director of agricultural research with Cotton Incorporated. Describing what a… 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 →

Bennett Trust Women’s Conference receives Vice Chancellor’s Award

Writer: Kay Ledbetter The Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence – Climate and Diversity honor was presented to the Bennett Trust Women’s Land Stewardship Conference during a ceremony Jan. 7 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. The awards recognize the commitment and outstanding contributions displayed across Texas A&M AgriLife and celebrate those contributions and achievements of faculty, students and staff members. The AgriLife Extension team includes Dr. Larry Redmon, associate department head and program leader, department of soil and crop sciences, College Station; Dr. Robert Lyons,… 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 →

Redmon recognized for administration and leadership

Writer: Kay Ledbetter The Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence – Administration honor was presented to Dr. Larry Redmon at a ceremony Jan. 7 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. The Vice Chancellor’s 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. Redmon has provided leadership as the associate department head and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program leader for the department of soil… Read More →

Texas A&M Vice Chancellor’s teaching award presented to Hague

Writer: Kay Ledbetter   The Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence – Teaching Award was presented to Dr. Steve Hague, a soil and crops science department professor, during a ceremony Jan. 7 at Texas A&M University 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. Hague has consistently demonstrated a commitment to teaching over the last decade, according to his nomination. He worked… Read More →

Manipulation of gossypol-containing glands in cotton can boost plant’s natural defenses

By: Kay Ledbetter   Development of a cotton plant with stronger natural defenses due to a greater gland density and thus more gossypol in the leaves could soon be a reality, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist in College Station. Seeds and other parts of cotton possess dark glands containing toxic terpenoids such as gossypol that defend the plant against pests and pathogens, said Dr. Keerti Rathore, AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist in the Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology at Texas A&M University. Rathore and… Read More →