The Agribusiness, Food, and Consumer Economics Research Center (AFCERC) provides timely, unique, and professional research on a wide variety of issues related to agribusiness markets. AFCERC research efforts include downstream markets with a particular focus on consumer health, nutrition, and food safety concerns.
The Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) conducts economic analyses of the impacts of government policy proposals and/or implementation procedures on farmers, agribusinesses, taxpayers, and consumers. The AFPC also conducts research and/or educational programs for government agencies, farm and agribusiness organizations, and agricultural leadership throughout Texas and the nation.
The Center for Agricultural Air Quality Engineering and Science (CAAQES) provides science-based research results to address agricultural air quality problems and to provide appropriate procedures used by regulatory agencies. Faculty conducts research and develop educational programs for technology transfer. The research results serve as the science and engineering base for the appropriate regulation of air pollution.
In partnership with the School of Public Health, the Bush School of Government & Public Service, and the College of Liberal Arts, supported by USAID and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation, the Center on Conflict and Development creates transformative solutions to:
•Prevent armed conflict,
•Sustain families and communities during a conflict, and
•Assist states to rapidly recover from conflict.
Chosen instruments of peace-building are food security, youth, natural resources, and local institutions.
Through four pillars—research, education, development and services— and a unique connection to industry professionals, the scientific community and coffee producers, the CCRE is fostering key advancements in coffee research while providing capacity building through training the next generation of coffee producers, technicians, and enthusiasts. Established in September 2016, the Center for Coffee Research & Education is part of the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture.
The Texas A&M Institute for Genomic Medicine facilitates breakthroughs in science and medicine and accelerates the pace of medical discoveries. TIGM performs internal research and provides services, training, and unique resources to scientists within The Texas A&M University System, in Texas, and around the world.
The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) performs research and develops products to defend the nation from high-consequence foreign animal and zoonotic diseases. Founded in April 2004 as a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Center of Excellence (COE), the IIAD leverages the resources of multiple major universities, Minority Serving Institutions, national laboratories, and partners in state and federal government.
The USDA National Center for Electron Beam Research (NCEBR) focuses on advancing research, education, and commercialization of Electron Beam (eBeam) technologies for food, health, and environmental applications. The goal of the NCEBR is to partner with academia, government, and private industry worldwide to expand eBeam applications and technologies. The NCEBR serves as an advocate for the promotion of eBeam technologies around the world. The UN’s Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has designated this Center as an IAEA Collaborative Centre for the Electron Beam Technology for food, health, and environmental applications. The eBeam Center is committed to building strong partnerships with the government and private industry in an effort to move the technology from fundamental and translational research into the commercial marketplace.
The Institute for National Cyber and Security Education and Research (INCSER) develops and implements graduate-level education programs targeted at national security professionals. The Institute currently works with The Bush School of Government and Public Service to provide a graduate certification program in National Security Affairs. INCSER also organizes and implements multidisciplinary research and development programs that are relevant to national security. Current and recent research includes simulations of materials under extreme conditions, computational methods for particle transport and hydrodynamics and research on heavy elements.
The Center for Natural Resource Information Technology (CNRIT) supports research and development of information and decision support systems that aid stakeholders in risk management, technology impact assessment, and policy development on grazing lands throughout the world. Since its inception in 1991, the Center has used holistic and interdisciplinary approaches for developing and implementing systems that support monitoring, assessment, and evaluation of alternatives for the sustainable use of natural resources, now and in the future.
The Institute of Renewable Natural Resources conducts interdisciplinary research and technology transfer and policy and economic analysis. It also engages with land managers and policymakers to improve the management of natural resources. This approach ultimately promotes the safety, security, and sustainability of land, water, and wildlife.
The Borlaug Institute’s programs provide researchers, policymakers, and university faculty from developing countries the ability to strengthen sustainable agricultural practices through scientific training and collaborative research opportunities. It aims to be the leading international agriculture program among U.S. universities, measured by the quality of its international teaching, science, and extension programs. Building on Dr. Borlaug’s lifetime of work and legacy, the Borlaug Institute employs agricultural science to feed the world’s hungry and to support equity, economic growth, quality of life, and mutual respect among peoples.
The Center for North American Studies (CNAS) meets high-priority national needs by providing objective analyses for rapid, precise responses to emerging trade and international policy issues. Response to national and state priorities with economic impact analysis, the identification, and the analysis of crucial emerging international trade trends and issues and the development and implementation of extension programs to educate key business and policy leaders are our priorities.
Bacteriophages or phage, are viruses that kill bacteria. Coupled with modern DNA-based biotechnology, phage has enormous potential as “green” anti-bacterial agents. The Center for Phage Technology (CPT) investigates the application of phage to combat bacterial infections in humans, animals, and plants to promote food safety; protect against potential bacteriological weapons; and prevent or mitigate the deleterious effects of bacterial contamination, degradation, and corrosion in the petroleum industry.
A multidisciplinary organization, the Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology is composed of faculty members representing 14 units affiliated with Texas A&M University, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. Research projects at the Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology include the development of transgenic plants for disease and stress resistance and high-value proteins, as well as the platform for biotechnology research in food, fiber, and health. The Institute also performs DNA diagnostics for AgriLife Research and serves as the home of the Texas Cotton Biotechnology Program.
The Center for Structural Biology uses X-ray crystallography to study non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, malaria, and tuberculosis. The Center has several projects using structural biology to answer questions about different diseases that affect human health. Structural biology is the study of the three-dimensional shape assumed by biological macromolecules such as proteins and nucleic acids. Practical applications of protein structural data allow researchers to understand how protein structure contributes to some diseases and has created a new method of drug discovery known as structure-guided drug design.
The objective of the Center for Urban and Structural Entomology is to
discover the basic biological and ecological parameters that limit the growth of insect pests in urban environments; generate, apply, and assess biological control systems as part of an integrated pest management program. And develop, implement, and evaluate IPM technologies involving pesticides for management of urban pests and develop and use a technology transfer system based on the stated objectives.
The Center’s staff and graduate students conduct research on the biology and control methods of several urban and structural pests (termites, ant, cockroaches, etc.).
The Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center supports and strengthens the produce industry through research and education. Today, research for this vital industry is at a turning point. Interdisciplinary scientists conduct system-wide research including plant breeding, sustainable production practices, postharvest produce handling, and bioactive active derived assays. Research offers opportunities to develop unique produce with improved nutrition and health benefits. The industry’s ability to increase sales and compete in a global market will be enhanced as a result of this new research.
First established in 1952, TWRI was designated as the water resources institute for the state of Texas in 1964 by the Texas Legislature and the governor after Congress passed the Water Resources Research Act of 1964. A partnership of university faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and water resources researchers and educators in Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, TWRI helps address priority water issues in the state. It collaborates through joint projects with other universities; federal, state, and local governmental organizations; and numerous others, including engineering firms, commodity groups, and environmental organizations. Today, TWRI is one of 54 institutes in the National Institute for Water Resources, which serves as the contact between individual institutes and the federal funding sponsor, the U.S. Geological Survey.