Why are the leaves falling?

In the past few weeks, I have been getting calls about poor looking and unhealthy oak trees… all kinds of oaks (mostly live, red and post).  In the last 7 days, I think I got at least 3 phone calls asking about post oaks loosing their leaves.  I hear panic and worry.  At home, I look to Mr. Tree.  Mr. Tree is our post oak (a name affectionately given by the wife to describe the tree to our youngling).  The home that we have is about 14 years… Read More →

2015 Texas – Bacterial blight of cotton

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Posting some news about bacterial blight of cotton issues that is currently going on in Texas. The URL link below point to a pdf document containing information (brief update) provided by Dr. Jason Woodward (Extension Plant Pathologist) and Dr. Terry Wheeler (Research Pathologist), both located at the Texas A&M Research and Extension Center in Lubbock, TX. They have made some “peculiar observations” of bacterial blight on cotton varieties that were previously documented as resistant.  This note provide growers, consultant and county agents descriptions and images to help with recognizing… Read More →

New TPDDL employee

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Please welcome Ms. Joyce Soliz who joins us on June 22, 2015 as the TPDDL Secretary (Extension Business Assistant III).  Ms. Soliz will be assisting in the data entry of samples.  She will also be providing client inquiry support and redirecting client to appropriate TPDDL personnel. TPDDL client sample  inquiry (phone) support is available from 9:00am -12:00noon  and 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Monday to Friday.  

Beauty is Only Skin Deep

The definition of beauty has become a rather obsessive paradigm that has affected present society. It is a constant desire to reach what is perceived to be “perfection.” This infectious ideal has given rise to profitable industries of cosmetics, heavy research of youth enhancing serums, even to the extent of affecting our perspective of healthy food products. The slightest blemish or spot on a fruit may discourage fellow consumers, potentially preventing their purchase and leaving the fruit to rot in the produce isle. What a waste. One such… Read More →

Are Lichens Killing Your Trees?

         One of the most common mutualistic relationships in the plant world is that of lichens. Made up of one part filamentous fungi and one part algae or blue-green bacteria, lichens are not considered a “true species.” The unique combination results in a very hardy, weather-tolerant, and genetically diverse group of Nitrogen fixers that is practically self-sufficient. The fungal partner cannot survive alone, but instead thrives on the availability of photosynthetic products provided by the algae or bacteria. Lichens are common pioneers on trees, shrubs, soil, and even… Read More →