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Bhimu Patil receives the Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award

By Kathleen Phillips Apr 21, 2017 Dr. Bhimu Patil (Texas A&M AgriLife photo) COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of the Texas A&M University Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center in College Station, received the 2017 Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award at the Viva Fresh Produce Expo in Austin April 21. The Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award is given to “individuals whose careers have demonstrated leadership with industry stakeholders and made substantial contributions to the advancement of science or promotion of produce for health through educational activities.” The award…

Viva Fresh honors professor for produce consumption efforts

Dr. Bhimu Patil (second from right) received the 2017 Viva Fresh Healthy Living Award, presented by Produce Retailer editor Pamela Riemenschneider at the Viva Fresh Expo in Austin, Texas on April 21. Also pictured are: Bret Erickson (from left), Texas International Produce Association president, and Jimmy Bassetti, president of J&D Produce. AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas International Produce Association honored a professor who has as much or more passion for fresh produce than many in the industry. It gave the third annual Healthy Living Award to Dr. Bhimu…

Dr. Bhimu Patil receives the Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award

Article by Kathleen Phillips (979) 845-2872 ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Bhimu Patil, 979-458-8090, b-patil@email.tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of the Texas A&M University Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center in College Station, received the 2017 Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award at the Viva Fresh Produce Expo in Austin April 21. The Healthy Living Lifetime Achievement Award is given to “individuals whose careers have demonstrated leadership with industry stakeholders and made substantial contributions to the advancement of science or promotion of produce for health through educational activities.” The…

Texas A&M conducts cantaloupe honeydew research

To understand changes in the melon industry — cantaloupe, honeydew and other varieties, but not watermelon — Texas A&M University is conducting a survey to gather information about all aspects of the industry. The goal is to establish the needs and perceptions of melon stakeholders — consumers, producers and retailers, according to Bhimu Patil, director of the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center at Texas A&M and the project’s director. “The outcome will help to develop new cultivars and varieties to make sure our research and outreach efforts will…

AgriLife Research project gathers momentum

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Charlie Rush, 806-354-5804, crush@ag.tamu.edu AMARILLO – Dr. Charlie Rush is claiming success – tomatoes from a Texas A&M AgriLife Research high tunnel project are being sold in an Amarillo grocery store. Texas A&M AgriLife-grown tomatoes were offered for sale in United Supermarkets in Amarillo. (Texas A&M AgriLife photo by Dr. Charlie Rush) And now the real work begins. “We delivered tomatoes to United Supermarket in Amarillo, and they were thrilled to get them,” Rush said. “The next day we delivered jalapenos…

Dr. Bhimu Patil honored as fellow by the Brazilian Horticulture Society

By: Kathleen Phillips Contact: Dr. Bhimu Patil, 979-458-8090, b-patil@email.tamu.edu RECIFE, Brazil — Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M University’s Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center in College Station, has been named a fellow by the Brazilian Horticulture Society for “his exceptional research and international collaborations in the area of produce, health, food and nutritional security.” Patil was keynote speaker at the 56th Brazilian Vegetable Congress in Recife. He also met with Brazilian scientists from different universities to discuss partnering with the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center, which aims…

Texas tomato growers slicing into vegetable market with fresh fruit all fall

By: Kathleen Phillips Writer: Kathleen Phillips, 979-845-2872, ka-phillips@tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Kevin Crosby, 979-845-7012, k-crosby@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Tomatoes are the Type B’s of the vegetable world: Laid-back, creative, collaborative. Want a slice on a burger? Fine. Chopped into a salad? Great. Pureed and slathered over a pizza crust? Yum. Steeped in a winter stew? Ahhhh. But fresh is what most consumers covet, and that’s what Dr. Kevin Crosby, Texas A&M AgriLife vegetable breeder in College Station, had in mind when he released a new variety called Hot-TY. “It’s…