Soil Science Society of America Announces 2015 Award Recipient

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MADISON, WI, Jun 30, 2015 – The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) announces the following 2015 award recipient to be formally presented at the SSSA Awards Ceremony on 2015-11-18 during the scientific society’s International Annual Meeting, Nov. 15-18, 2015, Minneapolis, MN. The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to soil science through education, national and international service, and research. Frank M. Hons, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX – Soil Science Education Award: Frank Hons is Professor of Soil Science and AgriLife Research Faculty Fellow in the Department of Soil and Crop… Read More →

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AgriLife’s Simpson awarded the 2015 Calvin Sperling Memorial Biodiversity Lectureship

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. David Stelly, 979-845-2745, stelly@tamu.edu Dr. Charles Simpson, c-simpson@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Charles Simpson, peanut germplasm explorer and breeder and Texas A&M AgriLife Research emeritus, has been selected as the awardee and speaker for the Crop Science Society of America 2015 Calvin Sperling Biodiversity Lectureship on Nov. 17 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The purpose of the Calvin Sperling Memorial Biodiversity Lectureship is to bring in renowned biodiversity lecturers to share their research experiences, knowledge and views on biodiversity as they interface with… Read More →

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Texas A&M University Weed Team Participated in the National Weed Olympics 2015

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The National weed Olympics 2015, a collegiate weed contest, was conducted at the Western Agricultural Research Station, South Charleston, Ohio during July 21-22. A team from Texas A&M University participated in the contest for the first time after several years.  The team comprised of four graduate students [Chase Vasbinder (MS), Morgan Carlson (MS), Russ Garetson (MS) and Rui Liu (PhD)] and an undergraduate (Ross Trevino). Drs. Muthu Bagavathiannan and Kathy Carson coached the team. The students were judged in four different areas: weed identification, herbicide symptomology, sprayer calibration… Read More →

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Sewwandi Rathnayake awarded Schlumberger 2015-2016 Faculty for the Future Fellowship

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Soil science graduate student Sewwandi Rathnayake has received a prestigious Faculty for the Future Fellowship from the Schlumberger Foundation. The fellowships are awarded to talented women from developing and emerging countries pursuing advanced degrees in science and engineering at leading universities worldwide. As a fellow, Sewwandi receives a grant of up to $50,000 per year to support her research. The Schlumberger Foundation is an independent nonprofit entity that supports science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, which was established in 2004. Sewwandi graduated with BSc. in Agriculture (major… Read More →

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Aggies study abroad in Mexico

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Students in the Texas A&M University Department of Soil and Crop Sciences’ Mexico study abroad program were at the Teotihuacan Pyramids this week. This ancient civilization at the height of its power boasted a city of nearly 200,000 inhabitants in 600 A.D. and was a regional superpower throughout Mesoamerica. The Teotihuacans had advanced systems of government, trade, sciences, and religion due in large part because of efficient and productive agriculture. CIMMYT, the international wheat and maize research station, in Mexico will be their next visit. This study abroad… Read More →

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Texas A&M awarded $3.1 million for transformational energy technology

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bill Rooney, 979-845-2151, wlr@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Production costs of bioenergy crops such as sorghum have kept it from growing into a secure, sustainable source of energy. But a new project led by a Texas A&M AgriLife Research sorghum breeder is aimed at changing that. AgriLife Research, along with Carnegie Mellon University, was recently awarded $3.1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. A major challenge for energy crop breeding programs is the lack of… Read More →

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Soil security vital for the health, wealth of the world

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Consensus: It’s more than just ‘dirt’ and needs to be protected Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Cristine Morgan, 979-845-3603, cmorgan@ag.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The general public may not be as tied to the land as they once were, but scientists want them to see more than “dirt” when they view the precious commodity of “soil” and be a part of its future protection. A recent meeting of the 2015 Global Soil Security Symposium brought scientists, policy influencers, investors and citizens together at Texas A&M University in… Read More →

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Symposium: The Use of R/qtl, MAGIC QTL Populations and Genomic Selection in Plant Breeding

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Thursday, September 3, 2015 1:00 – 5:30 PM Rudder Tower, Room 301 401 Joe Routt Blvd. Friday, September 11, 2015 9:30 – 11:00 AM The AgriLife Center 1538 John Kimbrough Blvd. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas Innovative technologies must be utilized to increase crop productivity to meet the grand challenge of providing affordable food, feed, fiber, bioenergy, and greenspace for a global population of nine billion. The vast availability of genomic resources and tools is leading to a new revolution in plant and animal breeding, facilitating… Read More →

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2015 Soil & Crop Sciences Faculty Retreat REGISTRATION August 5 – 7, 2015

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From drought to rust, Texas A&M wheat breeders prepare for the elements

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Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Jackie Rudd, 806-677-5600, jcrudd@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Amir Ibrahim, 979-845-8274, aibrahim@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – The wheat breeding program in Texas is very diverse, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists learn something every year from the changing environment. For the past four years, it was about drought; this year, with the moisture, it’s about rust. “We have to test a lot of environments,” said Dr. Jackie Rudd, AgriLife Research wheat breeder in Amarillo. “Before we release a new variety, it has been through at least… Read More →

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