As part of a new, $5.3 million five-year National Science Foundation grant, Holbrook and collaborators at eight other universities in the U.S. and Canada will study the delicate and complex balance of processes — physical, hydrological, biological, and chemical — of the Earth's critical zone.
Smartfarms, like traditional farms, come in all shapes and sizes. Indoor urban gardening is a blossoming arena, and Virginia Tech researchers are studying how these plants can be remotely monitored through video and aural applications for plant health.
Josef Uyeda, an assistant professor and evolutionary biologist in the Virginia Tech Department of Biological Sciences, seeks to study evolution across the tree of life from simply looking for patterns of how traits are related, to understanding what causes them to evolve.
Sterling Nesbitt, an associate professor of geobiology in the College of Science, and a team of researchers will use a NSF CAREER Award to learn more about how extinction events -- and time itself -- drive evolution in vertebrate communities.
Stamps, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, has received a five-year Faculty Early Career Development Program award to investigate early phase continental rifting at the Natron Rift in Tanzania.
The center will be administratively established as an institute-level center in the Fralin Life Science Institute and will include faculty participants from at least seven colleges and more than 25 departments on campus.
New research suggests that Bacille Calmette-Guérin, a tuberculosis vaccine routinely given to children in countries with high tuberculosis rates, might play a significant role in mitigating mortality rates from COVID-19.
A new research paper co-authored by a Virginia Tech assistant professor of physics provides a new and likely far simpler explanation for two recent strange events that occurred in Antarctica – high-energy neutrinos appearing to come up out of the Earth on their own accord and head skyward.
With the $661,216 grant, Brandon Jutras, an assistant professor of biochemistry in the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, will study Lyme arthritis, including the cellular component that contributes to it.
Since March, Virginia Tech civil and environmental engineering professor Linsey Marr, an expert in the airborne transmission of infectious disease, has been testing the efficacy of sterilized N95 respirators and alternative mask materials in filtering out particles.
The Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center is pushing the smartfarm boundaries in the seafood industry through expanding automation for processing to improve economic resiliency in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Using the unique capabilities of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, a team of astronomers led by Virginia Tech’s Nahum Arav has discovered the most energetic outflows ever witnessed in the universe. “These outflows are crucial for the understanding of galaxies' formation,” Arav said.
The presence of the pest and the disease it transmits — Theileria orientalis — are still unexplained, and the Ikeda subtype found in Virginia is a new discovery. At present, the Virginia Tech Animal Laboratory Services is the only laboratory in the U.S. capable of testing for the Ikeda genotype, which causes anemia in cattle.
Professor Shuhai Xiao said the fossils are the oldest green seaweeds ever found. They were imprinted in rock taken from an area of dry land — formerly ocean — near the city of Dalian in the Liaoning Province of northern China.
A global expert on emerging and zoonotic animal viruses, Meng is a member of both the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors. His discovery of the swine hepatitis E virus (HEV) spurred a paradigm shift in recognizing HEV as a zoonotic virus that can cross species and infect humans.
When emerging plant pathogens go undetected, they have the potential to negatively affect food industries, conservation efforts, and even human health. And, just like emerging human pathogens, such as the 2019 novel Coronavirus, emerging plant pathogens need to be diagnosed as soon as possible to prevent them from spreading.
Mayflies have been disappearing at alarming rates throughout the United States, and through use of radar technology the rate of decline of these insects can now be determined. Losing these mayflies can have a distinct negative impact on our environment, and Sally Entrekin is working to find out why they are dying off.