AgriLife Research at Texas A&M recently released new germplasm lines and cultivars of several commodities.

Three upland cotton germplasm lines and one new conventional cultivar, three corn germplasm lines, one bluebonnet selection, and one new wheat cultivar were approved by the Plant Release Committee at its Fall meeting and subsequently approved by the Director of Texas AgriLife Research. Victoria red grape also was approved as a co-release with the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.

TAM RNR 9 and TAM RNR 12 upland cotton germplasm lines were developed by Jim Starr, nematologist with the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology, collaboratively with Wayne Smith, Cotton Breeder in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences.

These germplasm lines exhibit resistance to Rootknot, Meloidogyneincognita, and Reniform, Rotylenchulus reniformis, nematodes. The resistance to reniform nematode is only moderate resistance and was introgressed from a Gossypium barbadense accession, TX 110, into an upland germplasm line, M-315, that is highly resistant to rootknot nematode.