Scientists from Virginia Tech and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research collaborated to develop a new method for breeding plants. The result is the group's first commercial enterprise, The Dan River Plant Propagation Center in Danville and a special day lily, the VT Spirit, bred in Virginia Tech's colors of orange and maroon.
Preliminary research on Fusarium, a group of fungi that includes devastating pathogens of plants and animals, shows how these microbes travel through the air. Researchers now believe that with improvements on this preliminary research, there will be a better understanding about crop security, disease spread, and climate change.
In recognition of pioneering research in plant science and a career devoted to plant protection, a Virginia Tech administrator has earned a top honor from the International Association of Plant Protection Sciences.
People lose the ability to detect the taste of iron in drinking water with advancing age, raising concern that older people may be at risk for an unhealthy over-exposure to iron, Virginia Tech engineers are reporting in results they term "unique." The study appears in the American Chemical Society's journal Environmental Science & Technology on Aug. 10.
Using ovarian surface epithelial cells from mice, researchers from Virginia Tech have released findings from a study that they believe will help in cancer risk assessment, cancer diagnosis, and treatment efficiency in a technical journal: Nanomedicine.