Forestry and Gardening

Virginia Tech Research
3:52 pm
Thu May 21, 2015

Changing Mosquito Gender

Undergraduate students Jessica Overcash and Mallory Brangan
Credit Virginia Tech

Scientists at Virginia Tech are one step closer to controlling a species of mosquito that carries deadly disease. It’s not a pesticide or repellant, it’s a gene that can literally change the gender of a mosquito from potentially deadly females to harmless males.

Sex matters in mosquitos, because it is females only which bite to nourish their young. That’s how they can spread disease.  Bio Chemistry Professor Jake Tu is part of the team that discovered the elusive gene called NIX, which can change female mosquitos and their offspring into males. 

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Environment
4:25 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Stadium Woods Stewardship

A plan is in the works for the future of an old growth forest on the Virginia Tech Campus known as Stadium Woods.  Advocates are pleased, but remain concerned about exactly what that plan will look like.

The 300 year old remnant of a white Oak forest, today known as Stadium Woods, is sandwiched between Lane Stadium and other campus buildings and this has seemed to pit two passions against each other; the enthusiasm for sports and the high traffic that goes with it -- and the fervor to preserve what may be the only forest of its kind in the country, albeit a tiny one.

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Indoor Greenhouse Venture
2:15 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Red Sun Farms Means Business in the NRV

It’s harvest time for tomatoes in the New River Valley. That’s not as strange as it sounds because these tomatoes are growing inside a huge greenhouse in the New River Valley.

The new venture promises to bring jobs --and more locally grown tomatoes to the region. 

 

You may have already seen tomatoes from Red Sun Farms in supermarkets. The parent company in Mexico has hundreds of acres of greenhouses there and in Canada, but this is the first time they’ll grow the fruit here. And by here, we mean Dublin Virginia.

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Survey May Lead To Solutions
3:59 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Volunteer Researchers Work to Prevent Bird Collisions

Credit http://birds-and-windows.blogspot.com/

The sickening thud of a bird hitting a window is something most people have heard.  It may seem like an isolated incident, unless people take a closer look.

A group of volunteers at Virginia Tech has done just that.  The results are in on a survey we told you about one year ago, when they began tracking bird –window collisions at the Corporate Research Center in Blacksburg.

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Unusual Auction
5:29 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

The Wildlife Center of Virginia

The Wildlife Center of Virginia is one-of-a-kind,  a privately funded medical facility for injured animals from across the Commonwealth. 

To make ends meet, the Waynesboro Center will host a fundraiser and auction featuring some surprising items.

Buyers will have about 150 items and opportunities to choose from during Saturday’s gala and auction at Staunton’s Stonewall Jackson Hotel.  There’s a South African photo safari, a behind-the-scenes day at the Wildlife Center of Virginia or a work of art from the Daily Show.

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