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Mark Your Calendar
Administrative Professionals Day
College Grand Challenges Mini-Symposia
Proposals due for a $20k
V.G. Young Institute Fellowship
In the News
The Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center is featured in Texas Monthly
Texas A&M System honors Rio Grande Valley-area legislators
Reaching Out to New Landowners in Texas, featured in The Forestry Source
Protecting Our Environment
Improving the state of Texas, our nation and world
As April marks Earth Day, Texas A&M AgriLife has numerous achievements to be proud of that reflect how our agencies and college address our environment and sustainability.
Dr. Ambika Chandra, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research associate professor of turfgrass breeding and genetics at the Dallas center, has led efforts to develop a new St. Augustine hybrid with several superior characteristics considered ‘desirable’ for both commercial and residential consumers.
A Texas A&M AgriLife Research study indicates that
groundwater contamination, in addition to aquifer depletion, should be taken into consideration when developing strategies for sustainable crop production. The study, by Dr. Srinivasulu Ale, AgriLife Research geospatial hydrology assistant professor, and Dr. Sriroop Chaudhuri, his post-doctoral research associate, looked at the geographic pattern of groundwater salinization in the Ogallala Aquifer in Texas.
A Texas A&M graduate, Dr. Nils Peterson, along with three other research scientists recently released a book, “The Housing Bomb: Why Our Addiction to Houses is Destroying the Environment and Threatening Our Society.” The book focuses on the well-meaning but often misguided exploitation of natural resources.
Last month, the Texas A&M Forest Service hosted the annual Texas Wildlife and Woodland Expo and Spring Fling. The Expo is designed to help people of all ages and backgrounds learn how to better care for their land and reconnect with nature.
And these are just a few of the most recent news and events within AgriLife involving environment and sustainability. There are numerous programs throughout each of the agencies and the college that are ongoing and impactful. All of which are examples of our mission to serve Texans and meet one of our “Grand Challenges” of Protecting Our Environment.
As we move into the summer, I hope you’ll continue to consider the health of your environment as well as the health of our state, nation and world.
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William "Bill" Dugas
Acting Vice Chancellor and Acting Dean
Agriculture and Life Sciences