- IRNR drought study continues putting popular plants to the test
Blue plumbago, Hinckley’s yellow columbine and purple fountain grass are just a few of the species among the 1,600 plants being monitored by researchers in a drought survivability study in San Antonio. More than 30 volunteers planted the landscape plants in a drought simulator in February as part of the water-minded horticultural experiment.
- Statewide Quail Symposium will be Sept. 16-18 in Abilene
Organizers are urging quail enthusiasts to make plans to attend the Statewide Quail Symposium, hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Sept. 16-18 in Abilene.
- IRNR helps study, monitor Chagas disease in Texas
To keep both animals and humans protected from Chagas disease, Texas A&M University System entities have been studying the parasite-host-vector interaction at sites in South Central Texas.
- TWDB approves $3.9 billion in SWIFT inaugural financial assistance
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) approved approximately $3.9 billion in financial assistance from the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) on July 23. The inaugural round of SWIFT financing will be distributed to 21 applicants for approximately $1 billion in projects in the first year and approximately $3.9 billion total over the next decade, according to TWDB.
- TWRI awards graduate students water research scholarships
The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) recently awarded Mills Scholarships to five Texas A&M University graduate students for the 2015–16 academic year. The students will use the $5,000 scholarships to pursue water-related research.
- Meet a scientist: Allen Berthold
Dr. Allen Berthold may have grown up dryland farming, but that doesn’t mean he’s not making waves now. As a research scientist at the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI), Berthold helps coordinate various research and extension projects involving water planning, assessment and conservation.
- WRAP fundamentals course coming to Texas A&M Aug. 4-5
The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) Natural Resources Training Program will host a Water Rights Analysis Package (WRAP) Fundamentals Short Course Aug. 4-5 in College Station. The two-day course will be held at 1500 Research Parkway, in Lab 212.
- Aggie Turf launches new website
Landscape professionals and homeowners alike can now find a variety of science-based turfgrass resources on the newly developed Aggie Turf website.
- Around the institutes
As the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) and the Texas A&M Institute for Renewable Natural Resources (IRNR) continue to work together and share support staff and resources, both institutes continue to see growth in projects and personnel.
- Water professionals invited to water quality monitoring plan course Aug. 6-7
The Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) is hosting a Fundamentals of Developing a Water Quality Monitoring Plan workshop Aug. 6-7 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service (USDA–ARS), 808 East Blackland Road, in Temple.
- Women’s Natural Resource Management Conference set for Oct. 5-6 in Fredericksburg
A conference devoted to helping women manage natural resources in the Edwards Plateau will be held Oct. 5-6 in Fredericksburg at the Inn on Barons Creek. The Women’s Natural Resource Management Conference is funded by the Ruth and Eskel Bennett Endowment, said Dr. Larry Redmon, co-chair and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Bennett Trust specialist.
- Stormwater BMPs at Texas A&M AgriLife Dallas center show statewide promise
The results of stormwater practice demonstrations at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas demonstrate the potential benefits for using such practices in urban areas statewide, an expert said.
- New AgriLife Research study gives insights on fire management for mesquite control
Fire must be effectively managed to get the best control of mesquite seedlings, according to new research results from Dr. Jim Ansley, Texas A&M AgriLife Research rangeland ecologist.