The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences finds ways to preserve our natural resources and improve lives and communities worldwide.

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We dig deeper, seek higher, reach farther than ever before ... not because we can, but because we must. We are the Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Picture of Soil Biodiversity
A Virginia Tech professor was part of an international team of researchers that discovered new advances about the major ecological patterns driving the changes in soil biodiversity that occur over millions of years. The team's study, published in the journal for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, provides critical insights into the factors that control changes in the biodiversity of soil bacteria, fungi, protists, and invertebrates over many millennia. The findings indicate that these changes in soil biodiversity are driven by changes in plant cover and soil acidification during ecosystem development.
Picture of Universal Honey Bee Location
For Virginia Tech researchers Margaret Couvillon and Roger Schürch, the Tower of Babel origin myth – intended to explain the genesis of the world’s many languages – holds great meaning. The two assistant professors and their teams have decoded the language of honey bees in such a way that will allow other scientists across the globe to interpret the insects’ highly sophisticated and complex communications.
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