Tag Archives: AgriLife Research

Innovative agricultural solutions necessary to advance human health, sustain natural resources

Texas A&M AgriLife shares leading research at global EarthX conference By Carrie Baker, carrie_baker@tamu.edu As the world’s population increases, scientists and agriculturalists face a growing challenge to produce more, higher quality food for consumers while using fewer natural resources and taking care to appropriately manage and conserve the resources that still exist. Patrick Stover, Ph.D., vice chancellor for Texas A&M AgriLife, dean of the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, discussed this challenge as he delivered the keynote address on the second day… Read More →

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 →

Department of Animal Science faculty members edit new book, “Animal Agriculture”

By Dr. Guoyao Wu Three Animal Science faculty members (Fuller Bazer, G. Cliff Lamb, and Guoyao Wu) edited a new book “Animal Agriculture: Sustainability, Challenges and Innovations” (558 pages; Paperback ISBN: 9780128170526; eBook ISBN: 9780128170533) that was published by Academic Press on October 26, 2019. The cost of the book is US $160 (https://www.elsevier.com/books/animal-agriculture/bazer/978-0-12-817052-6). Contributing faculty members from our Department are Drs. Fuller Bazer, Cliff Lamb, Ky Pohler, Stephen Smith, Luis Tedeschi, Travis R. Whitney and Guoyao Wu, and our contributing graduate students are Pedro Fontes, Hector Manuel Menendez, III, and Nicola Oosthuizen…. Read More →

Study: Severe Air Pollution Can Cause Birth Defects, Deaths

A team of Texas A&M researchers says breathing bad air can result in numerous problems for pregnant women. By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing & Communications In a comprehensive study, researchers from Texas A&M University have determined that harmful particulate matter in the atmosphere can produce birth defects and even fatalities during pregnancy using the animal model. The team of researchers from Texas A&M’s Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Geosciences, the Texas A&M Health Science Center, and colleagues from the University of California-San… 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 →

Texas A&M University’s Center for Phage Technology to the forefront

Revitalizes treatment opportunities largely unused for nearly a century COLLEGE STATION — With a major hub of bacteriophage research in College Station, Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research have worked to support and produce the only state-funded bacteriophage research center in the U.S. Bacteriophage therapy, a treatment using bacterial viruses to treat bacterial infections, has made headway through the years in the field of medicine as a way to potentially reduce dependence upon antibiotic use. FROM THE START Nearly 100 years ago, the use of bacteriophage,… Read More →

Texas A&M AgriLife Research Seeks to Reduce Use of Antibiotics in Livestock

BUSHLAND, Texas – Scientists within The Texas A&M University System are testing new technologies at a feedlot in the Texas Panhandle to find ways to reduce the use of antibiotics in livestock and give urban millennials the kind of drug-free meat they demand. Lately, drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras have been buzzing over a research feed lot near Amarillo, as scientists test methods to identify feverish animals. By singling out only sick cattle for treatment, scientists from Texas A&M AgriLife Research can treat only the ones in… Read More →

AgriLife Extension beef cattle experts to discuss production at TSCRA convention

Media contact: Blair Fannin, 979-845-2259, b-fannin@tamu.edu FORT WORTH – From fence laws to utilizing new technologies to manage beef cattle herds, Texas A&M AgriLife experts will share the latest at the 2019 Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association Convention scheduled for March 29-31 in Fort Worth. The convention will be held at the Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St. Dr. Jason Banta, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service beef cattle specialist in Overton, will present Mineral Supplements: What Do I Need For My Operation? Supplementation strategies are an important part of… Read More →