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Gomes develops real-time listeria biosensor prototype

Eventually, chip-based device should detect pathogen within minutes By Robert Burns COLLEGE STATION – A Texas A&M AgriLife Research engineer and a Florida colleague have developed a biosensor that can detect listeria bacterial contamination within two or three minutes. “We hope to soon be able to detect levels as low as one bacteria in a 25-gram sample of material – about one ounce,” said Dr. Carmen Gomes, AgriLife Research engineer with the Texas A&M University department of biological and agricultural engineering, College Station. The same technology can be… Read More →

Trash talk challenges Texas A&M agriculture faculty to find ways to stop global food waste

By: Kathleen Phillips Agriculture faculty at Texas A&M University are talking trash — as in too much food ends up there. Now they are vowing to team up and figure out how to reduce global food waste by 5 percent over the next decade, according to Dr. Steve Searcy, the group’s facilitator and head of the Texas A&M biological and agricultural engineering department. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has estimated that 30 percent of the food produced in the world is never consumed due to… Read More →

Interdisciplinary Team Working to Feed, Clothe, and Shelter 9 Billion People By 2050

By Tara Hale Through its land grant mission, Texas A&M University, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Texas A&M AgriLife Research are charged with the genetic improvement of plants for the benefit of humanity, and the development of knowledge-based production and management systems. Members of the Food, Feed, Fiber, Bioenergy for 2050 Faculty Integrative Team, formed as a result of the 2014 Grand Challenges Mini-Symposia, are rising to the challenge of implementing methods to meet the task of feeding, clothing and sheltering a projected nine billion… Read More →

Dr. Carmen Gomes, colleague receive NSF grant

Dr. Carmen Gomes, assistant professor in the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Texas A&M University, is part of a team that has been awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation. Gomes and her Co-PI, Dr. Eric McLamore from the University of Florida, will receive $340,000 for their research project “Nanoengineering biomimetic nanobrushes for pathogen sensing.” “This represents the first attempt to create biomimetic nanobiosensors based on the selective capture of bacteria by cilia in the bobtail squid light organ, which is expected to have… Read More →

José Manuel Cabrera Sixto ʼ90 Awarded Outstanding International Alumnus

Texas A&M University and The Association of Former Students presented the 2015 Texas A&M University Outstanding International Alumnus Award to Dr. José Manuel Cabrera Sixto ʼ90 on Thursday, April 23, at a lunch in the Clayton W. Williams, Jr. Alumni Center. Texas A&M Interim President Mark A. Hussey and The Association of Former Students’ President and CEO Porter S. Garner III ’79 presented the award along with Acting Vice Chancellor and Dean William A. Dugas of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. In 2011, Cabrera was named… Read More →

Book details technological advancements in agriculture at Texas A&M over past 100 years

By Jordan Overturf | The Eagle Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Science is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its biological and agricultural engineering department with the publishing of a historical book by Texas A&M historian Henry Dethloff. Dethloff said the book, titled Engineering Agriculture at Texas A&M: The First 100 Years, focuses on how the field of agriculture developed in the last century and how the Aggies have helped engineer new concepts in the field. The book will be available on April 30 from Texas A&M… Read More →

Texas A&M spatial model offers cost-effective way to identify areas for needed management

COLLEGE STATION — A spatial model provides a cost-effective way to identify priority areas for implementing voluntary best management practices in an impaired South Texas watershed, according to results from a Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas Water Resources Institute study recently published in the Texas Water Journal. “The Spatially Explicit Load Enrichment Calculation Tool, or SELECT, was able to highlight areas of highest concern for bacterial contamination, which provides guidance for individuals and entities that implement best management practices where they would be the most effective,” said… Read More →

Irrigation classes slated for April in El Paso

By: Rod Santa Ana EL PASO —  Two irrigation courses for professionals and others will be held in April in El Paso, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service instructors. The first, the Landscape Irrigation Auditing and Management Short Course, will be held April 14-15 at the TecH2O Center, 10751 Montana Ave. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. on April 14, and from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 15. Cost of the course is $265. The second course, the Drip Irrigation Workshop, will be… Read More →

Dr. Vijay Singh Announced as Winner of the AFS Distinguished Achievement Award for Research

Dr. Vijay Singh, a distinguished professor of biological and agricultural engineering and holder of the Caroline & William N. Lehrer Distinguished Chair in Water, has been selected to receive this year’s university-level Distinguished Achievement Award for Research. Dr. Singh was notified of his selection in a surprise announcement by Dr. Bill Dugas, Acting Vice Chancellor and Acting Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The Distinguished Achievement Awards, which are funded by The Association of Former Students, are among the most prestigious awards that can be presented to faculty or… Read More →

North Texas Municipal Water District wins ‘Blue Legacy’ award

Award based on adoption of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Water My Yard program By: Robert Burns DALLAS – The North Texas Municipal Water District has won the Water Conservation Advisory Council’s “Blue Legacy” award for the Water My Yard program. According to the advisory council’s announcement of this year’s winners: “The Council celebrates innovators who champion preserving the state’s most precious resource, water, by presenting the Blue Legacy award. This award program recognizes outstanding water conservation efforts and successes of Texans.” The Water My Yard program was created… Read More →