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New $3 million grant aids Texas A&M AgriLife plant phenotyping research

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With the help of a new $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Texas A&M AgriLife researchers will collaborate to elevate phenotyping for plant science and improving plant growth predictions. Seth Murray, Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder, and Regents Professor Amir Ibrahim, an AgriLife Research small grains breeder and geneticist, both ... Read More »

Texas A&M researcher creating better corn yields, quality on less land

• By Kay Ledbetter • As the human population booms, we hear the term “sustainable food supply” a great deal. One Texas A&M AgriLife researcher’s efforts to make corn production, whether for human or livestock consumption, more sustainable has earned him national recognition. Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder Dr. Seth Murray is the Eugene Butler Endowed Chair in the ... Read More »

For whiskey, the proof is in the taste, says Texas A&M student

rob arnold

Plant breeding expert Rob Arnold believes he has found a better tasting corn, which means a better tasting whiskey. Many bourbon drinkers may not know it, but corn is the key ingredient in their favorite drink. What grapes are to wine, corn is to bourbon whiskey. So a few years ago, Texas A&M University doctoral student Rob Arnold had a ... Read More »

Bayer opens corn-breeding greenhouse facility in Arizona desert

bayer corn breeding facility

Bayer has opened a new state-of-the-art, automated greenhouse facility in Marana, Arizona. The approximately $100 million facility will serve as a global product design center for corn, the only crop to be grown there, according to a news release. The Marana facility also will capitalize on innovation advancements in proprietary seed chipping, advanced marker technology, automation and data science. Seed ... Read More »

Needed: Flood-Tolerant Crops

Amanda Huber, Editor

The pursuit of drought-tolerant crops is part of nearly every university ag research department nationwide. But this spring, it wasn’t a lack of rain that prevented planting in many areas. It was too much water. Of the primary food crops, worldwide, only rice is able to grow in flooded conditions. Why is that? Rice is a grass. Corn is a ... Read More »

Texas A&M’s Murray A Finalist For National Young Scientist Award

seth murray, Texas A&M corn breeder

Dr. Seth Murray, Eugene Butler Endowed Chair and Texas A&M AgriLife Research corn breeder at Texas A&M University in College Station, is a finalist for the prestigious Blavatnik National Award for Young Scientists. The honor is presented by the New York Academy of Sciences and recognizes America’s most innovative young scientists and engineers. The Blavatnik Laureate will be announced in ... Read More »