Category Archives: AgriLife Research

Beef’s greatest talent is protein upcycling

By Lacey Newlin, 580-748-1892, lnewlin@hpj.com “There are some really highly educated people out there who are actively against the beef industry,” said Tryon Wickersham, associate professor of animal nutrition at Texas A&M University. “I don’t think there is going to be anything we can do to change that. I think they will be against everything we do, no matter how we do it, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t mount a defense or stop educating the consumers about the value we bring to their plates.” Wickersham spoke recently… Read More →

Poole awarded 2020 Southern Section of the ASAS Emerging Young Scholar Award

January 25, 2020 – Dr. Rebecca Poole is the recipient of the 2020 Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Emerging Young Scholar  Award, presented to her this week during the annual 2020 Southern Section ASAS Meeting held in Chattanooga, TN. A native of North Carolina, Rebecca “Becky” Poole received her B.S. in Animal Science (2014) from North Carolina State University (NCSU). She received her M.S. in Animal and Poultry Sciences (2016) from Virginia Tech and Ph.D. in Animal Science from NCSU (2019). While working towards… Read More →

Pohler awarded 2020 Southern Section of the ASAS Outstanding Young Animal Scientist Award – Research

January 25, 2020 – Dr. Ky Pohler is the recipient of the 2020 Southern Section of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Outstanding Young Animal Scientist Award – Research, presented to him this week during the annual 2020 Southern Section ASAS Meeting held in Chattanooga, TN. Dr. Ky Pohler is an Assistant Professor in the Texas A&M – Department of Animal Science. He received a B. S. in Animal Science from Texas A&M University in 2009, and a M. Sc. and Ph. D. from the University of Missouri…. Read More →

Presenting at the Capital of Texas Undergraduate Research Conference

By Hector M. Menendez III and Madeline E. Rivera At Texas A&M University, there are many opportunities for students studying animal science to participate in hands-on research.  Unfortunately, many students are unaware of research opportunities.  We hope that by encouraging our students to engage the public through research presentations, that they inspire others to be ambassadors to communicate the importance of innovative and transformational animal science research. During the fall of 2019, Dr. Tedeschi’s undergraduate students actively participated in their own research projects.  Undergraduate students were mentored by… Read More →

Texas A&M University revitalizes beef herd

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Texas A&M University is revitalizing its beef herd and Beef Research Center through a recent initiative with the Red Angus Association of America. The university worked in conjunction with RAAA to solicit embryos of high genetic merit to build a herd of registered Red Angus females. Once established, the Red Angus herd and the Beef Research Center will be used for teaching, research and demonstrations. Embryos for the initiative were chosen based on their genetic merit in calving ease, growth, maternal and carcass traits…. Read More →

Koo joins faculty, sharing joint appointment with ANSC & TVMDL

Dr. Sunwoo Koo joined the faculty as an assistant professor for research in August 2019. Koo received a bachelor’s degree in biophysics from Iowa State University in 2001 and earned his Ph.D. in biomedical science from Texas A&M University in 2008. After earning his doctoral degree, Koo pursued postdoctoral training in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and also worked as an assistant research scientist at the Texas A&M Health Science Center in the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics. While there, his research focused largely on glioblastoma…. Read More →

AgriLife Research scientists investigate mysteries of puberty in young female cattle

By Blair Fannin BEEVILLE – Uncovering the mysteries of puberty in young female cattle has been the focal point of career research for Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists Drs. Gary Williams and Rodolfo Cardoso. Now, the two researchers have come to the conclusion that puberty is not only affected in the months prior to, but also events during pregnancy and development. The findings, highlighted in Scientia, http://bit.ly/2Y5LtW8, an international publication based in the United Kingdom, also have implications in humans, perhaps leading to a better understanding of what causes early… Read More →

Feedyard Technician Program for high schoolers earns TEA certification

By Kay Ledbetter AMARILLO — The Texas Education Agency has added the Feedyard Technician Program for high school students to its certified Career and Technical Education list. The program is jointly sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Texas Cattle Feeders Association and West Texas A&M University The Career and Technical Education program ensures Texas students are prepared for in-demand, high-skill, high-wage careers, according to TEA. About 200 industry-based certifications for public school accountability were approved for 2019-2020. Brady Miller, Texas Cattle Feeders Association director of market, membership… Read More →

AMR forum tackles ‘complex, global issue’

By Tim Lundeen Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a “complex, global issue to be addressed globally,” according to Dr. Sara Steinlage with Elanco in introducing an April 2 forum “Antibiotics in Animal Agriculture: What You Need to Know,” organized by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS). The forum was the culmination of a year-long process looking into the topic of AMR in animal agriculture, according to Dr. Gilles Bergeron, who heads the nutrition science section at NYAS. The effort, sponsored by Elanco, resulted in five new papers published… Read More →

Important roles of animal protein in human nutrition and health

By Dr. Guoyao Wu, g-wu@tamu.edu or 979.845.1817 The English word protein originated from the Greek ‘‘proteios,’’ meaning prime or primary. This term is very appropriate in human nutrition, because protein is the most fundamental component of tissues in the body. Dietary protein (the source of amino acids) provides the body with nitrogen, hydrocarbon skeletons, and sulfur and cannot be replaced by any other nutrients. Amino acids are physiologically essential precursors for the synthesis of proteins, peptides, and low-molecular weight substances (e.g., glutathione, creatine, nitric oxide, dopamine, serotonin, melanin,… Read More →