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International Year of Soils; Recognition of soil as an essential natural resource

International Year of Soils; Recognition of soil as an essential natural resource

Soil researchers have a PSA for the wider, non-soil researching world: soil is not the same as dirt. Dirt is simply soil that has been misplaced from its natural setting, like the stuff tracked into your house and makes a mess. Another difference between soil and dirt is the fact that lowly dirt does not have an entire year dedicated to the celebration of and education for it, as designated by the United Nations.  more »

 

Sorghum hybrid firm is first tenant for Tech’s Research and Technology Park

Sorghum hybrid firm is first tenant for Tech’s Research and Technology Park

An agbiotech company that focuses on sorghum hybrids is the first tenant signed to move into the new Texas Tech Innovation Hub and Research Park. Headquartered in Chicago, Chromatin targets its research in areas such as water scarcity, increasing global demand for food and the limits on fertile land, making a great fit for Texas Tech and the South Plains region.  more »

 

CASNR plant and soil science professor earns prestigious Carnegie Fellowship

CASNR plant and soil science professor earns prestigious Carnegie Fellowship

Theo Udeigwe, an assistant professor in the Texas Tech University Department of Plant and Soil Science, was recently awarded the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship (ADF), a program for educational projects at higher education institutions in Africa.  more »

 

Food Safety; AFS’s ICFIE program adapts to environment, needs of society

Food Safety; AFS’s ICFIE program adapts to environment, needs of society

In 1996, the World Food Conference defined food security as existing only when all people, at all times, have access to safe and nutritious food. Worldwide, the United Nations estimates that two billion people and nearly 200 million children under five years old suffer from under nutrition, with more than 3.5 million children dying from under nutrition each year.  more »

 

‘Salmonella Lubbock’; AFS researcher discovers new Salmonella serotype

‘Salmonella Lubbock’; AFS researcher discovers new Salmonella serotype

Lubbock is known for many things. Some of them are reasons to celebrate, like being the home of Buddy Holly. Some portray the city in negative ways, like dust storms. The latest honor to come Lubbock’s way may not sound good at first, but when realizing it’s a breakthrough in biological sciences, it will become something to brag about.  more »

 

Demonstration Projects; TAWC lays groundwork for water conservation

Demonstration Projects; TAWC lays groundwork for water conservation

Hard times brought on by drought have taken a toll on a number of South Plains producers, but not, it seems for Idalou alfalfa farmer Randy McGee. These days he’s taking a negative situation and turning it into something positive.  more »

 

Global Perspective; Tech’s Plant & Soil Science Department hosts Borlaug Fellow

Global Perspective; Tech’s Plant & Soil Science Department hosts Borlaug Fellow

This spring, Texas Tech University’s Department of Plant and Soil Science is hosting a Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellow. In this case, it’s Malaysia’s Mei Mei Hii, who’ll be spending three months alongside her Tech mentor, Venugopal Mendu, an assistant professor of cell wall biology.  more »