Virginia Tech swept the awards in several categories at last month’s Dairy World Expo in Madison, Wis. The Virginia Tech Dairy Judging Team placed first in the Overall Team category in the Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest, first in three of seven breeds and also won top honors in the oral reasons competition where contestants are judged on their ability to answer questions about bovine management in a public forum.
In a recent study published in the journal Plant and Soil, Mark Williams, an assistant professor of horticulture, and his collaborators at the Smithsonian and other institutions discovered that microbes in soil function symbiotically with plants, much like the 3 billion microbes in the human gut interact with the body.
The third annual Hokie Bugfest will take place in Latham Ballroom at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center on Oct. 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The annual celebration of all things creepy crawly is a chance to introduce kids and adults alike to the field of entomology and learn more about bugs beyond the “ick” factor, as well as help visitors gain an understanding of bugs’ importance to the environment.
Soil scientists teach farmers in Haiti about agricultural conservation
Students help design a new building plan for Reynolds Homestead
Researchers in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech are examining the intersection of art and science.
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