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Serendipitous Finding: Try some pig pheromone to stop unruly dogs barking

Serendipitous Finding: Try some pig pheromone to stop unruly dogs barking

If your dog is misbehaving, a Texas Tech University professor suggests that you might want to spray it with pig pheromones, reports the editors of New Scientist today (Mar. 28). Androstenone is found in boar saliva and helps induce sows to mate. Now it is the active ingredient in a spray marketed as being able to calm boisterous dogs.  more »

 

Loneragan tapped as faculty fellow by Texas Tech’s Vice President for Research

Loneragan tapped as faculty fellow by Texas Tech’s Vice President for Research

Guy Loneragan, a Texas Tech veterinary epidemiologist and professor of food safety and public health, has been named a faculty fellow for faculty development in the university’s Office of the Vice President for Research. He will assume his new quarter-time appointment role on April 1.  more »

 

Cold Takes Toll; Supplemental feeding influences survival of West Texas quail

Cold Takes Toll; Supplemental feeding influences survival of West Texas quail

This winter’s bitter cold has been hard on everybody, but it’s been particularly tough on quail, those small birds that survive the cold by feeding on tiny seeds. That was particularly true out of Texas Rolling Plains during a large January weather event that dumped more than a foot of snow that hung on for days.  more »

 

Texas Tech researchers, students help overhaul New Zealand beef market

Texas Tech researchers, students help overhaul New Zealand beef market

The success of Texas Tech University’s research in meat science and quality is no secret to West Texas or even the state. Now the value of that research is being tasted around the world. Specifically, New Zealand’s beef industry recently has been overhauled by research completed through Tech’s Department of Animal and Food Sciences.  more »

 

Texas Tech scientist raises concern of using beta agonists in beef cattle

Texas Tech scientist raises concern of using beta agonists in beef cattle

Use of certain animal drugs known as beta agonists in cattle production has received considerable national attention. A Texas Tech University veterinary epidemiologist has found that although there are significant societal benefits to the practice, an increase in death loss of cattle raises questions about welfare implications of its use.  more »

 

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

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

This fall, 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 Egypt’s Mahmoud Mohamed Abdalla Mahmoud who’ll be spending three months alongside his Tech mentor, Theo Udeigwe, an assistant professor of soil chemistry.  more »

 

AFS senior Graysen Ortega takes top honors in undergraduate research contest

AFS senior Graysen Ortega takes top honors in undergraduate research contest

Graysen Ortega has always been one to jump at new opportunities. Competing in the Minority Access National Role Models Conference’s Undergraduate Research Competition was no different for the Texas Tech senior food science major. He was named the winner of the biomedical and biological sciences category last month (Sept. 29) at the Washington, D.C. meeting.  more »