In our laboratories at the Center:
We have analytical capability to determine nitrate and phosphate levels in forages and water, virus presence in plants and insects, pathogenic protozoa in insects and natural ecosystems, genes in plants and insects, identification of fungi infectious in plants, nutrient content of grasses and legumes, and more.
In our greenhouses:
We have the largest collection of exotic species of South American peanuts of any university in the world. Some of these peanut plants are over 25 years old, and many will contain the genes that will sustain peanut production in Texas, economically and environmentally.
In producer fields:
In collaboration with county agents and specialists of the Texas AgriLife Extension Service, we have field plots in many producer fields. In these plots, we determine diseases resistance, performance of promising varieties, and effects of treatments to optimize production.
On our research farm:
We have a 675 acre research farm where we conduct most of our field plot research.
We have both experimental plots and production scale fields. In our production scale plantings, we evaluate effects of new technology, management practices, and economics of production. You can see the latest in melon mulching and irrigation practices, peanut varieties and rotations, wetlands for water quality improvement, forage grass evaluations, and much more. This year we have 20 acres of oilseed sunflowers, a 20 acre block of switchgrass for biomass, a pivot corner planted to an old-world bluestem, five acres of alfalfa, a registered Beefmaster cow-calf operation, and the best new peanut variety on the market (developed by the breeding program).
Our scientists work closely with colleagues in other Centers, in other universities, in other research agencies, and in other countries. We bring the best minds in the world to the problems of this region.