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2011-07-07 00:48:37

Just as corn and peanuts stunned the world decades ago with their then-newly discovered multi-beneficial uses and applications, Texas AgriLife Research scientists in Corpus Christi think microalgae holds even more promise. "It's a huge, untapped source of fuel, food, feed, pharmaceuticals and even pollution-busters," said Dr. Carlos Fernandez, a crop physiologist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Corpus Christi who is studying the physiological responses of microalgae to...

2011-06-27 12:38:02

As billion-dollar agricultural losses continue to mount in the withering Texas heat, Texas AgriLife Research scientists in Corpus Christi are taking a closer look at why some cotton varieties do better than others in drought conditions. "We want to better understand those traits that control water use in plants so we can transfer that information to breeders and geneticists to more quickly develop drought-tolerant cultivars so badly needed here," said Dr. Carlos Fernandez, a plant...

2010-11-11 13:35:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Family Research Council (FRC) today called upon the Department of Defense (DOD) to publicly disavow and formally investigate leaks to the media regarding the content of a forthcoming report on the issue of homosexuals in the military. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080930/FRCLOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080930/FRCLOGO) Secretary of Defense Robert Gates formed a Comprehensive Review Working Group (CRWG)...

2010-11-05 18:00:00

Presented by the National Defense University Foundation; PBS NewsHour Anchor Jim Lehrer Emceed WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Dr. Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense, received the prestigious 2010 American Patriot Award presented by The National Defense University Foundation (NDUF). More than 600 guests gathered to celebrate Gates' lifetime of patriotism at the 9th Annual American Patriot Award Gala, one of Washington, D.C.'s most prominent galas, held at the...

2010-10-04 23:15:44

Study addresses impact of deficit irrigation on quality and yield Texas AgriLife Research scientists have recently completed a two-year study on the impact of deficit irrigation and plant density on the growth, yield and quality of short-day onions. Deficit irrigation is a strategy in which water is applied to a crop during its drought-senstitive stages of development and is either applied sparingly or not at all during other growth stages, particularly if there is sufficient rainfall,...

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2010-09-22 08:20:00

Researchers in Beaumont share techno tools Figuring out how a rice crop was faring used to be a head-scratching exercise with predictably unpredictable results. But now a few punches on a keyboard can yield a pretty close forecast for a rice crop and tell a farmer what changes could improve the outcome at harvest. The program, Rice Development Advisory, stems from extensive data collected over the years by researchers at the Texas AgriLife Research Center in Beaumont. They methodically...

2010-09-01 12:45:00

New methodology leads to increased accuracy of congestion data AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Using more accurate technology, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) unveiled an updated list of Texas' 100 most congested roadway segments Wednesday. In developing the update, the state used actual traffic speed data to calculate delay, rather than estimations based on traffic volume used in the previous list. Parameters for roadway segment length were also adjusted...

2010-08-24 10:00:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Motorists across Texas are safer on today's highways for many reasons--more people wearing seat belts and public campaigns that discourage drinking and driving--but there's no doubt that safer highways have also contributed to the significant decline in fatalities across Texas. Last year, there were 388 fewer fatalities on Texas highways, an 11 percent decrease from the previous year. "This is great news for Texans, and evidence that the...

2010-08-09 05:00:00

CONCORD, Calif. and HOUSTON, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas A&M University System's workers' compensation pharmacy benefit management strategy with Tampa, FL based myMatrixx, which integrates clinical pharmacy services with advanced technology to optimize recovery outcomes, features a collaborative connectivity arrangement assuring continuation of the Texas A&M System's compliance with state eBilling requirements. Jopari Solutions, a leading supplier of eBill Processing...

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2010-08-05 09:32:44

AgriLife scientist: 'Time to take the monoculture blinders off' Whether we can grow bio-energy crops such as switchgrass and forage sorghum isn't the question, said a Texas AgriLife Research scientist. The question is, where's the nitrogen going to come from to grow these crops and how much is it going to add to the cost of the end product, said Dr. Gerald Smith, AgriLife Research legume breeder based in Overton. And there also are hidden costs, such as the effect of fencerow-to-fencerow...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.