|On Land and Sea Well, I doubt I am beating anyone to the punch here, but just in case, I want to share more interesting news from the Texas A&M University System.This is that time of the year when those flowers are in full bloom and cars dot the roadsides with families taking pictures with their children and other loved ones. It is a special time of year for all and signals that spring has sprung. Our excellent scientists within Texas A&M AgriLife Research Extension developed a new version of the official flower of our state in 2000 and it is fittingly, maroon. This was a great achievement and this year we are really making news with these flowers.An online publication in Alabama had a great read about a little fun some Aggies may have had with our friends in Austin.
What if Harvey Updyke had planted something instead of destroying the Toomer’s Oaks?
Some believe Texas A&M may have essentially done just that at rival Texas, where genetically modified maroon bluebonnets have been popping up in the flower beds near the school’s famous landmark, the UT Austin Tower.
Markus Hogue, UT-Austin’s program coordinator for irrigation and water conservation, told San Antonio television station KEYE that the patches of maroon flowers will “keep multiplying” and spread.
“It is just a weird coincidence that the only place that we have them on campus that we know of is right by the tower,” Hogue said.
Some Longhorns believe the rival Aggies, whose colors are maroon and white, may be to blame.
“That wouldn’t surprise me,” UT student Carly Lissak told the station. “They can’t bring the competition on the playing fields so they might as well bring it with their green thumb.”
The Texas-Texas A&M football rivalry, which stretches back to 1894, hasn’t been played since 2011, as the Aggies decided to join the SEC in 2012.
Fox Sports Southwest columnist David Ubben called it “the most ‘Aggie’ prank of all-time” and came up with a name for it [in a tweet]: Texas A&M needs to copyright the term “Reverse Updyking” for what it did to UT’s campus.
According to the Texas A&M Department of Horticulture Sciences, the “Texas Maroon” bluebonnet was developed in 2000 and was “the culmination of a lengthy bluebonnet selection effort led by Dr. Jerry Parsons, the original goal of which was to enable the planting of the Texas state flag in red, white, and blue bluebonnets.”
On a separate and more serious note, Texas A&M scientists and researchers are also having a very positive impact on the current oil spill near Galveston and cleanup of oil spills in general. The following article that appeared in TAMUTimes is a great example of how Aggies are making a difference in the world, from land to sea.
When the world has a problem (or needs a new flower), Aggies Answer!