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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 »

 

Amy Parks named CASNR safety coordinator; Focus on training, inspection

Amy Parks named CASNR safety coordinator; Focus on training, inspection

Amy Parks has been named the new safety coordinator for Texas Tech’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. She officially stepped into her new post on Jan. 1.  more »

 

Bayer CropScience Support; Sequencing of cotton A-genome could boost industry

Bayer CropScience Support; Sequencing of cotton A-genome could boost industry

A team of researchers at Texas Tech University, in collaboration with Bayer CropScience and the National Center for Genome Resources (NGCR) have developed a view into the structure of the cotton A-genome. This is a significant accomplishment in the sequencing of the cotton genome, which will fuel multi-disciplinary basic and applied research to help increase cotton productivity.  more »

 

Farm to Pharmacy; CASNR researchers create new medicinal use for cotton

Farm to Pharmacy; CASNR researchers create new medicinal use for cotton

This month the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal featured a CASNR-related research news item by Josie Musico: a biodegradable bandage. When the cotton-based product is available for widespread use — which its creators admit might not be for some time — it can be applied with medicinal ointment to a wound site. Unlike traditional bandages, it need not be removed later.  more »

 

Research team awarded $1 million grant for collaborative plant investigation

Research team awarded $1 million grant for collaborative plant investigation

Jyotsna Sharma, an assistant professor of plant ecology and conservation in Texas Tech’s Department of Plant and Soil Science, will lead a collaborative investigation on plant and fungal distributions. For its study, the team received a $1,135,463 grant from the National Science Foundation. Texas Tech’s part of the grant is $593,341.  more »

 

Analysis: Gauging recent Chinese policy changes on U.S., China cotton markets

Analysis: Gauging recent Chinese policy changes on U.S., China cotton markets

Recent Chinese policy changes, along with overall reductions in Chinese stocks, could have major impacts on U.S. cotton farm prices, according to a study led by Texas Tech University agricultural researchers. However, their impacts on the U.S. cotton exports will be negligible.  more »

 

Sustainable goat production combats rampant iron deficiency in African village

Sustainable goat production combats rampant iron deficiency in African village

While sitting in two different seminars about five or six years ago, Mark Miller began to wonder if a big problem throughout parts of Africa couldn’t have a fairly simple solution. The seminars dealt with iron deficiency in women and children, which prevented them from generating healthy blood to fight off diseases such as malaria.  more »