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Promising study by Texas A&M scientists offers hope for Menkes disease patients

A Texas A&M AgriLife Research team has good news for patients with copper-deficiency disorders, especially young children diagnosed with Menkes disease.
8-May-2020 1:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Texas A&M AgriLife mobilizes “murder hornet” task force to head off possible emergence in Texas

A giant invasive hornet was sighted several times in northwestern Washington state and Canada in late 2019, causing concern across the U.S. At the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, a specialized task force led by Texas A&M AgriLife experts is...
7-May-2020 10:50 AM EDT Add to Favorites

‘Disease triangle’ indicates COVID-19 peak isn’t the end

Plants are no strangers to diseases and devastating outbreaks. Humans can learn a valuable lesson from them when it comes to the current COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Texas A&M professor.
21-Apr-2020 11:40 AM EDT Add to Favorites

A closer look at agriculture market interruptions during COVID-19

Disruptions caused to the food and agriculture sector’s supply chains by the COVID-19 pandemic are being analyzed by the Texas A&M AgriLife-led Center of Excellence for Cross-Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense Center, or CBTS, a...
15-Apr-2020 11:55 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Coronavirus: Human strain causes fear, but domestic livestock strains are routine

Many people are hearing about coronavirus for the first time as the China strain, COVID-19, affecting humans causes concern all across the world. But coronaviruses are not new to livestock and poultry producers, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife...
28-Feb-2020 4:35 PM EST Add to Favorites

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AgriLife Research Develops Tropical Hibiscus Hybrids Ready for Market

Winter-hardy hibiscus cultivars are what initially attracted Dariusz Malinowski, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Research plant physiologist and breeder, to the world of flowers, but now he’s ready to splash a little tropical color into the market.
16-Jan-2020 3:50 PM EST Add to Favorites

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Planting a Trillion Trees Will Not Halt Climate Change

A group of 46 scientists from around the world, led by Joseph Veldman, Ph.D., assistant professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University, are urging caution...
17-Oct-2019 4:55 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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FDA approves ultra-low gossypol cottonseed for human, animal consumption

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given the green light to ultra-low gossypol cottonseed, ULGCS, to be utilized as human food and in animal feed, something Texas A&M AgriLife researchers have been working on for nearly 25 years.
14-Oct-2019 10:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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26-Aug-2020 3:55 PM EDT

Economist: Marketing Plans Can Help Central Texas Farmers Capitalize on Grain Markets

The impacts of potential trade tariffs on crops such as soybeans would send ripple effects through other agricultural commodities, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist.
15-May-2018 4:50 PM EDT

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Texas A&M AgriLife Research to Lead Project to Enhance Spinach Production, Safety

Texas A&M AgriLife research will collaborate with the Texas Department of Agriculture and the University of California at Davis on a project to help agricultural producers and consumers through improving nitrogen use efficiency and food safety in...
15-May-2018 4:40 PM EDT

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Women Driving North Texas Research Seek Sustainable Solutions for Urban Living

Three women driving agricultural and ecological research in North Texas seek new solutions for sustainable urban and suburban living in 2018.
8-Mar-2018 2:05 PM EST

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Texans Should Prepare for Flooding, High Winds From Harvey

With the probability of extensive rain and high winds throughout much of the state from the resurgence of Tropical Depression Harvey, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts are asking Texans to take measures to prepare their houses, farms...
24-Aug-2017 3:15 PM EDT

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Texas Potato Researcher Plans to Pack More Value Into the Crop

Texas potato growers may be few in number, but their spuds hit a market window that brings a premium each year at harvest. Now, a new potato scientist for Texas A&M AgriLife Research plans to pack even more value into the commodity through...
23-Aug-2017 4:05 PM EDT

New AgriLife Research Scientists Take Aim at Zika

Today’s news is flooded with reports on Zika; none of them good…until now. Texas A&M AgriLife Research has fielded a Zika team led by two scientists who joined the department of entomology at Texas A&M University.
2-Sep-2016 2:05 PM EDT

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Texas A&M AgriLife Scientist: eBeam Sanitization of Ebola Waste Could Be Cheaper and ‘Greener.’

13-Nov-2014 3:20 PM EST

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Water system modeling helps decision-makers plan for future

Texas A&M AgriLife scientist uses coding, drones, high-tech tools to collect ‘big data’ on farms, w...
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How to choose the best seeds, transplants for vegetable gardens

Successfully growing vegetables also depends on region, season Whether selecting seeds to plant in your veg...
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Stopping SARS-CoV-2 along the farm-to-plate supply chain

Texas A&M AgriLife-led study tracking down cause, transmission of coronavirus in food processing From l...
23 Sep 2020

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Texas A&M AgriLife celebrates 10th anniversary of Feed the Future

U.S. Reps. Kay Granger, Nita Lowey receive Champion Awards A diverse crowd gathered virtually Sept. 17 to c...
23 Sep 2020

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Apply fall preemergence herbicide to avoid spring weeds

Fight stickers, weeds with fall, winter lawn management  As soil temperatures cool, now is the time to...
23 Sep 2020

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Fall CEU Conference slated for Oct. 15

Program will address pesticides, weed management, long-range weather patterns, more The Texas A&M AgriL...
23 Sep 2020

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Pecan production above expectations amid uncertain market

Texas Crop and Weather Report – Sept. 22, 2020 Texas pecan production appears better than expected, but m...
22 Sep 2020

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Free virtual range, wildlife series starts Sept. 30

AgriLife Extension webinars to cover predators, feral hogs, deer management The Texas A&M AgriLife Exte...
22 Sep 2020

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New animated map illustrates annual change in vegetation

Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute visual provides agricultural, other insights using satellite imag...
21 Sep 2020

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AgriLife Extension’s Merchant recognized by Entomological Society of America

Retired Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service professor of urban entomology Michael Merchant, Ph.D., has...
18 Sep 2020