Commodity Online - Cotton research gets a boost from the State of Texas through its Governor’s University Research Initiative. Texas has funded US$5 million to boost research and education in cotton at Texas Tech University (TTU) in Lubbock.
This public funding has been matched by the University to create an institute that will focus on environmental stresses on cotton under the leadership of internationally recognized researcher in plant science, Dr. Luis Rafael Herrera-Estrella, a foreign associate member of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
Agriculture is a core research area for Texas Tech and Dr. Herrera's research in cotton genomics will help with the economic development of West Texas and the state, stated Dr. Lawrence Schovanec, president of Texas Tech University. President Schovanec's vision is to raise the profile of TTU as an internationally renowned research intensive university.