About Our Work
The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas, 17360 Coit Rd., houses scientific research, public outreach, and education programs. The center is a regional hub for all Texas A&M AgriLife activity. We are one of 13 AgriLife Research and Extension Centers across the state — each focusing on issues specific to our regions. Initiatives at Dallas hinge on "green" innovation in urban agriculture, water resources, landscapes & ecosystems, and healthy food systems.
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The Dallas center’s urban surroundings keep us focused on "green" innovations for more than 80% of all Texans — those who live in cities.
Scientists with Texas A&M AgriLife Research at Dallas seek solutions to urban food deserts and sustainability in urban plants — a major component of which is turfgrass breeding. We seek answers about how to improve food plants through the mechanisms many already use in processing water, light and other resources. At the same time, we investigate genetic and cellular machinery that controls virus and disease manifestation in plants, seeking to produce more resilient varieties.
In a joint initiative between AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, the Dallas-based Water University program delivers public and professional outreach on conserving and protecting water resources through landscape interventions. Meanwhile, our ecological engineering group develops interventions for managing excess water in cities while helping to preserve natural urban waterways.
Across the state, Dallas-based researchers with the Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute explore the ecological conditions that affect urban and agricultural water supplies, and which affect healthy habitats in urban areas.
Landscapes & Ecosystems
As we influence healthier landscapes through water quality protection and conservation at Dallas, entomologists here identify emerging insect pests in Texas cities and schools. They educate industry pest control professionals, school districts, and the public on best practices for integrated pest management outdoors and indoors. Also located on campus are urban foresters with the Texas A&M Forest service, reaching North Texas communities with information on protecting important local tree systems.
Healthy Food Systems
Addition of new research faculty in urban agriculture marks a leap toward establishing our center as the authority in producing nutritious food in and around Texas cities. The new faculty join AgriLife Extension specialists already implementing robust outreach programming around food and public health.
Family and community health programs at Dallas, including AgriLife’s Healthy Texas initiative, educate Texans on chronic disease prevention through nutritious eating, healthy cooking and understanding food labels among other approaches.
Meanwhile, 4-H programming contributes its long history of youth education around better agricultural systems. The organization now places strong emphasis on STEM learning, specifically in the realm of engineering — building the next generation of agricultural production capabilities.
Our initiatives at the nexus of these disciplines follow an emerging theme within Texas A&M AgriLife — healthier Texans through precision agriculture, better nutrition and education.
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