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PSJA ISD alumnus presents scientific research on cattle fever ticks on behalf of USDA in Washington, D.C.

Ernie Reyes presenting

PHARR – Ernesto Reyes, a PSJA North High School Class of 2010 alumnus and current South Texas College student, recently presented on behalf of the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and STC about his research focused on nematodes for control of cattle fever ticks in the Rio Grande Valley. The presentation was held at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) annual meeting in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 17, 2019. 


The AAAS Annual Meeting offers a unique, exciting, interdisciplinary blend of more than 120 scientific sessions, plenary and topical lectures, specialized seminars, flash talk sessions, e-poster presentations, and international exhibit hall. Each year, the community of leading scientists, educators, policymakers, and journalists gather to discuss cutting-edge developments in science, technology, and policy. 


“I gave a small 5-minute speech about the efficiency of, a local, Stienernema riobrave nematode used as a biological control agent for cattle fever tick Rhipicephulas microplus, on Nilgai antelope, Biselaphus tragocamelus,” said Reyes who is currently pursuing an Associate Degree in Biology at STC. 


Due to his efforts and work conducted through the USDA and STC, Reyes was recently hired as a Research Technician by the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute through Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Established in 1981 by a grant from the Caesar Kleberg Foundation for Wildlife Conservation, the Institute is the leading wildlife research organization in Texas and one of the finest in the nation.


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