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Photos: Tackling an Invasive Species

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:00

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.

Speckled beetle key to saving crops in Ethiopia

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:00

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.

Land managers to gain tools to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 00:00

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.

First clinical trial for new skin wound-healing compound is a success

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:00

Heart research leads to unexpected discovery of a new drug for healing skin ulcers, according to scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

New genetic test may change how brain cancer is treated, researchers say

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:00

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.

Forestry geneticists develop tree biomass crop to grow on marginal lands

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:00

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.

Transportation institute to host naturalistic driving research symposium with eye toward future of road safety

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:00

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.

Video: Researchers instruct scientists in giant role tiny fungi play

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:00

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.

Plants may use language to communicate with each other, Virginia Tech researcher finds

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 00:00

"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.

Virginia Tech study finds common household chemicals affect reproduction in mice

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:00

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.

Virginia Tech's unmanned aircraft test site program 'fully operational,' FAA says

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:00

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

Giant Amazon fish extinct in many fishing communities, saved in others

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 00:00

The arapaima has been overfished in some communities, but populations are thriving in those that have imposed fishing restrictions.

Hume Center names three members to its board of advisors

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 00:00

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 seeks to remove ambiguity in computer visual recognition systems

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 00:00

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 named associate vice president for research programs

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 00:00

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. 

Students, professors examine ways to improve lives and agriculture in Ecuador

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 00:00

"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.

New study shows putting cell phones out of sight can enhance in-person conversations

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 00:00

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.

Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists make discovery about common rotavirus

Thu, 08/07/2014 - 00:00
The discovery by Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute scientists could help efforts to strengthen rotavirus vaccines. Worldwide, the virus is responsible for nearly half a million deaths in children each year.

Maury Nussbaum participates in study of effect of obesity in the workplace

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 00:00

The results from the study and related studies will contribute to a better understanding of the ergonomic impacts of obesity and age.

Companion animal clinical trials underway at the veterinary college, new clinical trials website launched

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 00:00

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.