Texas AgriLIFE Research at Weslaco established in 1923 continues to play a major role in keeping South Texas agriculture second to none. For almost a century, a hugely successful agricultural industry here has served as a catalyst for the area’s tremendous economic and population growth. (Historical Information)
Looking to the future as always, Texas AgriLIFE Research is busy working on tomorrow’s issues today. We’re focused on concerns of major importance to our area, state, nation, and indeed, the world. Scientific and technological advancements are helping us tackle issues of great importance to our clientele, such as land and water use, urban development, population growth and foreign competition.
Our challenges are tempered by the tremendous opportunities the future affords. By exploiting cutting-edge technologies in molecular biology and the plant sciences, we’re already in the process of creating “next generation” crops that will open large, new markets for stakeholders, protect the environment and natural resources and improve the health of our citizens.
These exciting challenges and opportunities are being met by our development of “super-nutritious” fruits and vegetables, “bio-factory” crops that produce high-value compounds for medical, therapeutic and industrial uses, and “energy crops” designed and engineered to use as feedstocks for bio-energy and bio-fuel production.
However, we’re not tackling these challenges alone. The Texas AgriLIFE Research facility is located adjacent to another agricultural scientific institution the Texas A&M-Kingsville Citrus Center.Cooperation among these institutions is stimulating exciting new research collaborations and increasing administrative efficiencies to better produce tomorrow’s crops today.