At the recent Governor’s Conference on Agricultural Trade, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said that research Virginia Tech has undertaken in agriculture and forestry commodities have helped the state boost its exports, which are now at a record high.
Peter B. Schultz, director of Virginia Tech’s Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center was recently given the Distinguished Service Award by the Research Center Administrators Society of the United States.
A new liquid chromatography-mass spectrometer in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech will help scientists and researchers develop and discover new drugs, curb pollution, and monitor environmental conditions, among other things.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' new Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building 1 will be home to some of the most cutting-edge research in nanotechnology, bioenergy, biomaterials, food safety, and food packaging and processing.
In his new position as district director for Virginia Cooperative Extesion in the southwest district, Danny Peek said he wants to create a team atmosphere among the 45 agents in the Southwest district who cover four areas of expertise: agriculture and natural resources, 4-H youth development, family and consumer services, and community viability.
Jeffrey Derr, in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, and Igor Sharakhov, in the Department of Entomology, received the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ annual Awards for Research Excellence.
Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences produced a new video series titled "A lawn to Dye for." The videos help homeowners create a beautiful lawn without harming the environment.
Researchers from Virginia Tech and Italy led an international scientific team to track down the source of a “kiwifruit canker” that has wreaked havoc on the worldwide kiwifruit industry. Using the latest DNA sequencing technology, the team determined that the Pseudomonas syringae pv. actinidiae (Psa) pathogen likely came from China.
Their work published in the journal PLoS ONE on May 9 is the first study released in a scientific journal to make that discovery.
Scott Purdum of Advantage Horsemanship will deliver the keynote speech at the April 7 Southern Piedmont Equine Extravaganza: Putting Science into Practice. Purdum’s training creates willingness in the horse to work with and respect the handler. He teaches both the horse and handler how to work together to form a better relationship with each other.
The conference, sponsored by Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council, will be held at Virginia Tech’s Southern Piedmont Agricultural Research and Extension Center, located outside of Blackstone, Va. A grant from the Virginia Horse Industry Board is supporting the conference.