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Led by Department of Food Science and Technology Assistant Professor Jacob Lahne and Professor Emeritus Bruce Zoecklein, CALS researchers are evaluating the effects of grape dehydration on wine quality. The goal is to enhance the process of grape dehydration, thereby lowering the cost of production and improving wine quality.

Albeit pretty, the spotted lanternfly is a terror, damaging agricultural crops and wreaking havoc in homeowners' backyards.

If you see this highly invasive species, report it to CALS researchers so they can track its spread.

Virginia Tech student Chandler Vaughan (right) with former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, 2017
Chandler Vaughan (right)

A rising senior majoring in agribusiness, Chandler Vaughan will work under the Virginia secretary of agriculture and forestry through the Governor’s Fellows Program, established in 1982 to offer Virginia statecollege students a chance to serve the commonwealth.

Professor of Horticulture Richard Veilleux
Professor Richard Veilleux (right)

Richard Veilleux, the Julian and Margaret Gary Professor of Horticulture and interim head of the Department of Horticulture, received the Virginia Tech Graduate School’s 2018 Faculty Outstanding Mentor Award for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Hokie alumnus Mike Evans has returned to Virginia Tech to lead the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' new School of Plant and Environmental Sciences.

Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award Winners

Recognizing faculty whose creative accomplishments help fulfill the land-grant mission of addressing state and national needs through teaching, research, and Extension

Andy Swiger, Scott Greiner, Alan Grant
(From left) Andy Swiger, Scott Greiner, and CALS Dean Alan L. Grant

Scott Greiner, a professor and Extension Project Leader in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences, received the 2017 Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award.

Andy Swiger, Mary Ann Hansen, Alan Grant
(From left) Andy Swiger, Mary Ann Hansen, and CALS Dean Alan L. Grant

Mary Ann Hansen, instructor and manager of the Plant Disease Clinic in the Department of Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science, received the 2017 Andy Swiger Land-Grant Award.  

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