The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has come a long way since Virginia Tech's modest beginnings as Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1872.
Through its land-grant mission of research, teaching, and Extension, the college has been instrumental in helping agriculture and other life-science industries make significant strides in improving lives.
Today's college adapts to society's expectations and needs by focusing its resources and efforts on improving human health and nutrition, sustaining agriculture and the environment, reducing the reliance on fossil fuels, and developing cures for debilitating diseases.
- Mysterious plant seeds from international origins threaten native biodiversity, says agriculture expert U.S. agriculture officials are urging residents who have received unsolicited seeds in the mail from international origins to take warning. Virginia Tech expert says that invasive species are one of the leading threats to native biodiversity globally.
- Multiuniversity partnership receives $23 million NSF grant to accelerate U.S. research on glycomaterials A new research hub will support computer-aided design and modeling of glycomaterials through a virtual user facility that will provide critical tools and services to the scientific community.
- Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Arthropod-borne Pathogens to tackle infectious diseases The center will be administratively established as an institute-level center in the Fralin Life Science Institute and will include faculty participants from at least seven colleges and more than 25 departments on campus.