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  • No frogs or toads left behind on Virginia Tech researchers’ watch For the last two years, researcher Traci DuBose and her team have evaluated and compared more than 140,000 observations of anurans native to the contiguous United States, making it the first study of this size and scope. Feb 24, 2023
  • Can the fungus from ‘The Last of Us’ really create zombies? An expert explains The HBO television series, “The Last of Us,” a tale of survival in a zombie apocalypse that was already a hugely popular video game before it invaded our screens this year, imagines a zombie plague caused by a fungal infection that exits in nature. Jordan Metzgar, curator of the Massey Herbarium at Virginia Tech, answered a few questions about what humankind should realistically fear from the millions of species of fungi that live on our planet. Feb 24, 2023
  • Calls for new railroad transportation safety measures, Virginia Tech experts weigh-in There’s a new push for railroad safety measures - engineering and environmental - in the wake of two recent train derailments, including the one in East Palestine, Ohio. Virginia Tech experts in engineering and biological sciences weigh-in. Feb 21, 2023




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  • Restoring local watershed through replanting project Students in the College of Natural Resources and Environment learn about tree planting techniques and equipment used in ecological restoration. The group plants seedling trees along the Stroubles Creek watershed to improve the health and quality of the valuable community resource. Learn more about New River Conservancy's restoration efforts at
  • Grants support new faculty partnerships with HBCUs Seed investments provide two years of startup funding to faculty members at Virginia Tech collaborating with colleagues at historically Black colleges and universities or other minority-serving institutions. Feb 20, 2023
  • Seed funding jump-starts 20 transdisciplinary projects Small grants from the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science lay the groundwork for big success stories. Feb 15, 2023








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    A collage shows a corn field, a scientist using a pipet on newly sprouted plants, and a researcher in a greenhouse, who is holding a photo with data analytics on it. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock.
    Virginia Tech launches Translational Plant Sciences Center , article

    There is a pressing need for research to promote safe, sustainable production of food, feed, and fiber. To meet this need, Virginia Tech has created the Translational Plant Sciences Center, which will focus on the development and translation of basic plant research discoveries into technologies and practices that improve agriculture.

Catalyzing leading-edge research in plant science