Category Archives: Research

Dr. Rabi Mohtar touts global water awareness at Vatican

Citing the need for heightened interest in water availability globally, Dr. Rabi Mohtar, biological and agricultural engineering professor at Texas A&M University, took center stage March 24 at Vatican City as part of Watershed, a conference to spark global conversations of the importance of water and the future. Pope Francis addressed the general audience in Saint Peter’s Square highlighting the importance of water and urged the Watershed conference to action around water values. The Watershed conference followed with a welcome session and first technical session on the water… Read More →

‘Internet of things’ to create big data for irrigated agriculture

Big data is big business, and everyone wants a part of the pie, however agricultural irrigators should take a careful look before accepting irrigation advice from new technology sources, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist. Dr. Charles Hillyer, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist in Amarillo, said a recent survey on emerging irrigation technologies identified the “internet of things” or IoT as the most important issue. What is that? Big data, Hillyer said. “Most mentioned by the survey takers is having lots of devices being used by… Read More →

Green infrastructure, low-impact development focus of Feb. 2 workshop in Dallas

A Green Infrastructure/Low-Impact Development Workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m.-noon Feb. 2 at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, 17360 Coit Road in Dallas. The workshop is sponsored by the Texas Water Resources Institute, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Nikki Dictson, AgriLife Extension program specialist with the institute, said the workshop will address the design, installation and benefits of low-impact development, or LID, in urban areas. It will also include a tour of LID structures at the Dallas center,… Read More →

Nanotechnology Paving the Way for Food Safety

Dr. Carmen Gomes is a gifted faculty member here at Texas A&M University’s Biological and Agricultural Engineering department. She is an associate professor and her research applies nanotechnology to improve food safety. Dr. Gomes started her journey at Texas A&M as an undergraduate visiting scholar from Brazil through a Fulbright fellowship and had the opportunity to work under Dr. Rosana Moreira in her food processing laboratory. After her fellowship ended and Dr. Gomes returned to Brazil to finish her degree in Food Engineering, Dr. Moreira, Professor of Biological… Read More →

UAVs helping collect crop production data, farmers become more efficient

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs, is providing large amounts of data that hold keys to unlocking valuable solutions in helping farmers become more efficient and increase profitability, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research agricultural engineer. Dr. Alex Thomasson spoke recently at the Texas Plant Protection Association Conference in Bryan. He is part of a 40-member team of researchers consisting of multiple flight teams using UAVs and sensing technology to find solutions to crop diseases and plant stress-related events such as drought. Thomasson… Read More →

Big data is coming to agriculture

Unmanned aerial vehicles, autonomous tractors and other technologies will continue to emerge as producers meet world food needs in the near and distant future, according to experts. Those experts believe technology will continue to emerge and make possible giant leaps throughout the next decade as agriculture industries and producers work to meet world food needs in 2050. Presentations at the 2016 Texas Plant Protection Association addressed the theme of this year’s conference: Advanced Technologies for Texas Agriculture. From smartphone apps to unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as UAVs,… Read More →

Hydrologic modeling could direct eco-friendly urban, rural land development

Dr. Jaehak Jeong sees the effects development has on the Lampasas River watershed every time it rains and water streams toward storm drains. Jeong, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research associate professor, develops hydrologic models at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Temple.  He said he hopes the Soil and Water Assessment Tool, or SWAT, will change the way land is developed and help return developed land to its natural hydrologic state. Conceptually, SWAT could help prevent flash flooding, erosion, sedimentation and improve water quality. SWAT… Read More →

Ag technology focus of 28th Texas Plant Protection Conference Dec. 6-7

Agricultural technology will be the focus of the 28th annual Texas Plant Protection Association Conference Dec. 6-7 at the Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive in Bryan. “We have an outstanding program that will give attendees the latest information on technology and agriculture,” said Dr. Betsy Pierson, association president and associate professor of horticultural sciences at Texas A&M University, College Station. “This conference also covers the latest issues affecting agriculture and how we produce food and fiber to feed an ever-expanding population globally.” The general session will open with… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife scientist: ‘We are one step closer to finding a cure for Zika virus’

After millions of sequence scans, a group of scientists led by a Texas A&M AgriLife researcher say they are “one step closer” to finding a cure for the Zika virus. Dr. Sandun Fernando and three other scientists,have been modeling and testing a series of ligands, or molecules, that attach themselves to the Zika virus protein. Identifying these molecules will help scientists match potential drug compounds that could be developed to help inhibit Zika virus once contracted. Currently, there is no cure for Zika virus. The research has been… Read More →

A Farmer at Heart

Air scientist, Dr. William “Brock” Faulkner, was a tireless advocate for livestock producers in Colorado & across the nation. It was June, 2006, and I was driving home from the Omni in Broomfield, following the conclusion of a Colorado Livestock Association (CLA) Annual Convention, and thinking about how CLA could become more engaged in addressing the issue of ammonia deposition in Rocky Mountain National Park (Park). We had met with folks at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and it was their belief based on… Read More →