After a decade-long effort, scientists from the Integrated Pest Management Innovation Lab have released a beetle called Zygogramma bicolorata, which will combat a toxic invasive weed in Ethiopia.
A Virginia Tech-led program has unleashed a new weapon in the fight against hunger in eastern Africa: a tiny speckled beetle, which feeds on a highly destructive invasive weed.
Professor Stephen Prisley served on a team that developed science-based methods to quantify changes in greenhouse gas emissions and carbon storage following a change in land or forest management.
Heart research leads to unexpected discovery of a new drug for healing skin ulcers, according to scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.
Researchers at the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute have found new brain cancer markers in microsatellite regions of the human genome -- often referred to as "junk DNA" -- that may yield easier, faster, and cheaper diagnostics for brain cancer.
Amy Brunner and Jason Holliday have received a $1.4 million grant to investigate the genetic regulatory networks that will allow trees important for bioenergy to grow in less than ideal soils and climate.
The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute is close to selling out its upcoming Fourth International Symposium on Naturalistic Driving Research, which will focus on driver safety issues.
At a Virginia Tech-led conference in Nepal, agriculture experts learn that Trichoderma can save people from disease, save crop loss, and safeguard the environment.
"Now that we have found that they are sharing all this information, the next question is, 'What exactly are they telling each other?'," says Professor Jim Westwood.
Although the chemicals responsible for the declines are common in household cleaning products and disinfectants used in medical and food preparation settings, including hand sanitizers, academic scientists have never published a rigorous study on their safety or toxicity until now.
The Federal Aviation Administration announced that Virginia Tech's unmanned aircraft systems test site program is ready to conduct research vital to integrating UAS into the nation's airspace
The arapaima has been overfished in some communities, but populations are thriving in those that have imposed fishing restrictions.
New advisors well-versed in science, technology, and research have joined the Hume Center to help guide its mission to lead the university's education and research ecosystem for national security technologies.
Dhruv Batra has accepted three major federal research grants totaling more than $1 million: A National Science Foundation CAREER Award, a U.S. Army Research Office Young Investigators Award, and a U.S. Office of Naval Research grant.
Srinath Ekkad, the Rolls Royce Commonwealth Professor for Aerospace Propulsion Systems in Virginia Tech's College of Engineering, will provide leadership and vision to coordinate college-based and institute-based research programs, working to leverage current strengths to advance Virginia Tech's research mission.
"Ecuador is such an amazing place and if we can do one little thing to help its people and its landscape, I think we have accomplished something valuable," said graduate student Elli Travis.
A study led by Shalini Misra, assistant professor, Urban Affairs and Planning program in the National Capital Region, found that in the presence of mobile devices, people have the constant urge to seek out information, check for communication, and direct their thoughts to other people and worlds.
The results from the study and related studies will contribute to a better understanding of the ergonomic impacts of obesity and age.
Clinical trials at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine involve a wide range of new treatments, including the use of gold nanoparticles and a targeted laser therapy to treat solid tumors in dogs and cats. In January, the college established the Veterinary Clinical Research Office to help facilitate this work.