Special Initatives

Food for Health
Applied research with emphasis to incorporate disease resistant genes into crops important to south Texas agriculture using transgenic plant technologies. Currently, there are projects in potato, sugarcane, and citrus.

Rio Grande Basin Initiative
Optimize utilization of water with pressurized systems such as subsurface drip irrigation and sprinkler irrigation while reducing the environmental impact of agriculture. Develop strategies to utilize less water while maintaining production.

Bio-Fuel Partnership
Improve efficiency of the genetic breeding of biomass for energy cane and sugar production in less than optimum conditions fin subtropical regions of the mainland U.S. In Partnership with Chevron and the Rio Grande Valley Sugar Growers, Inc.