International Arid Lands Consortium

IALC Founding Member Institution

Texas A&M University, Kingsville

Kingsville, Texas

Located in the coastal bend region of south Texas, 120 miles north of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas A&M University-Kingsville employs 242 faculty and enrolls 6,000 students from 35 states and 57 foreign countries. The University is affiliated with 54 Latin American and U.S. institutions through the Consejo Universitario Interamericano para el Desarrollo Economico y Social (CUIDES), a consortium that promotes collaborative research and social, economic, and curriculum development.


Arid Lands Expertise at Texas A&M University-Kingsville

A&M-Kingsville is ideally situated for studying many aspects of arid lands systems. The coastal bend region of Texas has a subtropical, semiarid climate that receives less than 25 inches of rainfall annually and is the site of extensive farming and ranching operations. Arid lands research facilities at the University include the Jack R. Welhausen Water Resources Center, the A&M-Kingsville University Citrus Center at Weslaco in the Rio Grande Valley, the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute, the South Texas Plant Materials Center, the Center for Semiarid Forest Resources, the Department of Agronomy and Resource Sciences, and Range and Wildlife Management.

The University's arid lands research strengths include:

  • Alternative uses for desert plants
  • Bioremediation of contaminated land
  • Citrus research on environmentally sound salinity control, soil and water conservation and management, cultural practices and pest management, plant improvement, and freeze protection
  • Consumptive and nonconsumptive wildlife uses
  • Development of plants tolerant of saline and alkaline soils
  • Economic development and agricultural systems technology
  • Economic development and timber production from desert trees
  • Hydrogeology and environmental geology
  • Municipal water use and management in agricultural systems
  • Range and pasture seeding
  • Range and ranch management for animal and crop production
  • Soil-water relationships in semiarid, saline soil-cropping systems
  • Training and education programs for scientists, students, and practitioners
  • Water supply, quality, and policy issues
  • Watershed management
  • Wildlife and habitat protection

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