A team led by Virginia Tech researchers in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of La Laguna in the Canary Islands received a $1.1 million grant from NASA to study microbial diversity in dust plumes and the physics behind the transport of dust and microbes along superhighways in the sky.
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.
Science doesn’t take place just in a lab or field station — discoveries can happen anywhere. For the curious kids out there, affiliated faculty members of the Fralin Life Sciences Institute give their suggestions for fun science experiments and activities to do this summer.
Faculty, graduate students, and visiting researchers gathered for the 2020 Translational Plant Sciences Symposium at Virginia Tech on Feb. 28 to discuss how their research is protecting plant health in the four areas of sustainability, environment, development, and monitoring and early warning systems.
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.
A research team will test 20 different wildflowers native to Virginia and Tennessee and will measure which ones attract the most bees and, when planted alongside native grasses, produce the healthiest cattle.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1986, Zipper has improved the scientific understanding of water, aquatic biota, soil, and vegetation response to and recovery from Appalachian coal mining.
A member of the Virginia Tech faculty since 1976, Yoder made significant contributions to the tree fruit industry in Virginia and across the nation through his scholarship on integrated disease and orchard management strategies.
In a recent paper published in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, David Haak and John McDowell, from the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, proved that genomic sequencing and assembly tools can be improved by combining two generations of technology.
Clark, associate professor of plant and environmental science in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, has been conferred the title of associate professor emerita by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors.
A member of the Virginia Tech community since 1988, Grene made significant contributions to plant biology, providing an increased understanding of the effects of drought and air pollution on crops, trees, and model plants.
In a new study, a team led by Virginia Tech researchers discovered that in its 200 years of being cultivated and domesticated, florist’s gloxinia, Sinningia speciosa, has reached tremendous levels of physical variation and originates from a single founder population.
A Virginia Tech research team has discovered that native animals are diminishing as invasive plants gain a foothold in their habitats. Their study, which took place over a two-year period, is published in the journal Global Change Biology.
A new article published by Virginia Tech researchers and graduate students has revealed that soybean root nodules harbor high abundances of atypical non-nitrogen fixing bacteria, a discovery that has the potential to improve the crop resilience and yield of the crop.