Sneaky parasitic weeds may be able to steal genes from the plants they are attacking and then use those genes against the host plant, according to a team of scientists. The finding could lead to better methods of controlling parasitic plants that threaten agriculture.
Thompson’s career has been characterized by international engagement. In 2004 he took a sabbatical leave in Israel and has had scientific collaborations with colleagues at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Ben-Gurion University, and Israel’s Agricultural Research Organization.
Larochelle’s research program focuses on impact evaluation of agricultural research on poverty, food security and nutrition, factors driving and constraining technological adoption, agricultural productivity, and policies affecting economic development and poverty reduction in developing countries.
The faculty, staff, and students who are part of the Virginia Tech brewhouse will be showing off some of the science of fermentation that goes into making good beer and talking about how the facility is helping the craft beer industry that is experiencing meteoric growth.
A team from the university developed a way to make versatile alcohols from yeast, a discovery that could mean creating products, such as detergents and makeups, historically made with petroleum, without fossil fuels. Their findings were recently published in Scientific Reports.
A recent study published in the Journal of Dairy Science shows that iron in bovine water sources was causing oxidized flavors, degrading milk fats and proteins, and contributing to general poor stability of milk products.
Virginia Tech’s most recent ranking of federally funded research and development expenditures in agricultural science programs rose to fifth in the nation, securing the university and its research faculty as globally recognized leaders addressing grand challenges facing society.
A Virginia Tech invasive plant expert will be briefing congressional staff members on Monday on the best ways to increase the use of plants for biofuels without sewing an environmental nightmare in the process.