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PSS researchers receive competitive USDA grant

A 3-year, $500,000 USDA-NIFA AFRI grant was awarded to PSS's Lindsey Slaughter, Charles West, Sanjit Deb, and Veronica Acosta-Martinez of the USDA-ARS Cropping Systems Research Laboratory for their research proposal titled "Harnessing soil health to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions in semi-arid pasture ecosystems". The grant supports research at the crossroads of water scarcity, soil health, climate, meat production, and economic viability of the Texas High Plains. It seeks to answer questions on the subtle effects of soil microbes on controlling the absorption and release of greenhouse gases from pasture soils.    READ MORE »

Tran ranks among the world’s most cited researchers

Lam-Son Phan Tran has been named among the world's most highly cited researchers for 2020 according to the annual list compiled by Clarivate Analytics. The highly anticipated list identifies researchers who demonstrated significant influence in their chosen field or fields through the publication of multiple highly cited papers during the last decade. Recognition as a highly cited researcher requires multiple papers that rank in the top 1% each year, making it an elite honor.    READ MORE »

Benildo de los Reyes recognized as TTU 2021 Outstanding Researcher

Benildo de los Reyes — PSS Professor of Plant Genomics and Bayer Crop Science Endowed Chair — has been named a 2021 Outstanding Researcher by the TTU Office of Research & Innovation. The award recognizes achievement in research and scholarship, and follows de los Reyes's nomination by the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources for his work in plant genomics.    READ MORE »

Jonathan Peters awarded PSSA scholarship

PSS undergrad Jonathan Peters is the recipient of the Professional Soil Scientists Association of Texas (PSSAT) 2020-2021 Scholarship. The scholarship recognizes and supports outstanding undergraduates in soil science and is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, extracurricular engagement, leadership, and work ethic. Peters — a Junior who expects to graduate in December 2021 — is the sole recipient of this year's PSSAT Scholarship.     READ MORE »

Kyle Russell wins third place at WSSA Annual Meeting

PSS graduate student Kyle Russel earned recognition at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA), which was held virtually on February 15-19. Russell was awarded third place in the PhD Poster Contest, Section 1, with his poster titled "Cotton Varietal Response to Low rates of 2,4-D" (Russell, Dotray, Pabuayon, Ritchie).


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- April 1: All Majors Career Fair  Learn more »

- April 5: PSS Student Research Symposium  Learn more »


- Acharya, S., Hu, Y., & Abidi, N. (2021). Cellulose dissolution in ionic liquid under mild conditions: Effect of hydrolysis and temperature. Fibers, 9(1), 1-14. doi:10.3390/fib9010005

- Andrenko, I., T. Montague, C. McKenney, and R. Plowman. (2020). Salinity tolerance of select wildflower species in a hydroponic setting. HortScience 55, 1119-1131.

- Asher, B. S., Dotray, P. A., Liebl, R. A., Keeling, J. W., Ritchie, G. D., Udeigwe, T. K., . . . Simon, A. (2021). Vertical mobility and cotton tolerance to trifludimoxazin, a new protoporphyrinogen oxidase-inhibiting herbicide, in three west Texas soils. Weed Technology, 35(1), 144-148. doi:10.1017/wet.2020.95

- Balasubramanian, V. K., Dampanaboina, L., Cobos, C. J., Yuan, N., Xin, Z., & Mendu, V. (2021). Induced secretion system mutation alters rhizosphere bacterial composition in Sorghum bicolor (L.) moench. Planta, 253(2) doi:10.1007/s00425-021-03569-5

- Baxter, L. L., West, C. P., Brown, C. P., & Green, P. E. (2021). Cover crop management on the southern high plains: Impacts on crop productivity and soil water depletion. Animals, 11(1), 1-11. doi:10.3390/ani11010212

- Burke, J. A., Lewis, K. L., Ritchie, G. L., DeLaune, P. B., Keeling, J. W., Acosta-Martinez, V., . . . McLendon, T. (2021). Net positive soil water content following cover crops with no tillage in irrigated semi-arid cotton production. Soil and Tillage Research, 208 doi:10.1016/j.still.2020.104869

- Errich, A., Azzaoui, K., Mejdoubi, E., Hammouti, B., Abidi, N., Akartasse, N., . . . Lamhamdi, A. (2021). Toxic heavy metals removal using a hydroxyapatite and hydroxyethyl cellulose modified with a new gum arabic. Indonesian Journal of Science and Technology, 6(1), 41-64. doi:10.17509/ijost.v6i1.31480

- Kar, S., Montague, T., & Villanueva-Morales, A. (2021). Measurement of photosynthesis in excised leaves of ornamental trees: A novel method to estimate leaf level drought tolerance and increase experimental sample size. Trees.

- Liu, X., Woodward, J. E., Kelly, B., Lewis, K. L., Byrd, S. A., & Chen, Y. (2021). Effects of production practices on temporal disease progress of verticillium wilt of cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) in the Texas high plains, USA. Crop Protection, 140 doi:10.1016/j.cropro.2020.105429

- Lopes, G., Li, W., Siebecker, M. G., Sparks, D. L., & Guilherme, L. R. G. (2021). Combining zinc desorption with EXAFS speciation analysis to understand Zn mobility in mining and smelting affected soils in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Science of the Total Environment, 754 doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.142450

- Mo, X., Siebecker, M. G., Gou, W., Li, L., & Li, W. (2021). A review of cadmium sorption mechanisms on soil mineral surfaces revealed from synchrotron-based X-ray absorption fine structure spectroscopy: Implications for soil remediation. Pedosphere, 31(1), 11-27. doi:10.1016/S1002-0160(20)60017-0

- Montague, T., Graff, E., & Kar, S. (2020). Secondary Bud Gas Exchange, Growth, and Fruitfulness of Vitis vinifera L. cultivars, ‘Grenache’ and ‘Cabernet Sauvignon’ Grown on the Texas High Plains. Viticulture Data Journal. doi:10.3897/vdj.2.e60430

- Nasr Esfahani, M., Inoue, K., Nguyen, K. H., Chu, H. D., Watanabe, Y., Kanatani, A., . . . Tran, L. -. P. (2021). Phosphate or nitrate imbalance induces stronger molecular responses than combined nutrient deprivation in roots and leaves of chickpea plants. Plant Cell and Environment, 44(2), 574-597. doi:10.1111/pce.13935

- Raya-González, J., Ojeda-Rivera, J. O., Mora-Macias, J., Oropeza-Aburto, A., Ruiz-Herrera, L. F., López-Bucio, J., & Herrera-Estrella, L. (2021). MEDIATOR16 orchestrates local and systemic responses to phosphate scarcity in arabidopsis roots. New Phytologist, 229(3), 1278-1288. doi:10.1111/nph.16989

- Russell, K. R., Dotray, P. A., Pabuayon, I. L. B., & Ritchie, G. L. (2021). Dicamba effects on fruiting in sensitive cotton. Weed Technology, 35(1), 43-48. doi:10.1017/wet.2020.75

- Sapkota, M., Young, J., Slaughter, L., Acosta-Martínez, V., & Coldren, C. (2021). Soil microbial biomass and composition from urban landscapes in a semiarid climate. Applied Soil Ecology, 158 doi:10.1016/j.apsoil.2020.103810

- Siddiqui, M. N., Mostofa, M. G., Rahman, M. M., Tahjib-Ul-Arif, M., Das, A. K., Mohi-Ud-Din, M., . . . Tran, L. -. P. (2021). Glutathione improves rice tolerance to submergence: Insights into its physiological and biochemical mechanisms. Journal of Biotechnology, 325, 109-118. doi:10.1016/j.jbiotec.2020.11.011

- Tello-Ruiz, M. K., Naithani, S., Gupta, P., Olson, A., Wei, S., Preece, J., . . . Ware, D. (2021). Gramene 2021: Harnessing the power of comparative genomics and pathways for plant research. Nucleic Acids Research, 49(D1), D1452-D1463. doi:10.1093/nar/gkaa979

- Usovsky, M., Ye, H., Vuong, T. D., Patil, G. B., Wan, J., Zhou, L., & Nguyen, H. T. (2021). Fine-mapping and characterization of qSCN18, a novel QTL controlling soybean cyst nematode resistance in PI 567516C. Theoretical and Applied Genetics, 134(2), 621-631. doi:10.1007/s00122-020-03718-6

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