Our work, at the forefront of discoveries, strongly impacts the residents of Virginia and beyond, the world’s scientific community, and international food security. More than 1,200 faculty and staff members — working at the main campus as well as at the agricultural research and extension centers and the local Virginia Cooperative Extension units located across the commonwealth — contribute to this diverse and impressive portfolio.

Our faculty members conduct exciting work in the following areas:

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Agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability

  • Developing agricultural systems that maintain high productivity in an environmentally sustainable manner
  • Studying the impacts of global change on the conservation and management of natural resources

Food, nutrition, and health

  • Investigating how knowledge and new technologies can be tied to human health and nutrition
  • Assisting in the prevention of chronic diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes

Biodesign and bioprocessing

  • Determining how Virginia’s producers can add value to endeavors such as biobased products, bioenergy, crop diversification, and other avenues

The green industry

  • Developing high-value horticultural products, businesses, and systems
  • Providing programs to assist the commonwealth in adjusting to the economic and environmental impacts of urban sprawl
  • Enhancing rural ecosystems

Infectious diseases

  • Developing methods to lessen the effects of infectious and vector-borne diseases on plants, animals, and humans
  • Studying major infectious diseases, such as West Nile virus, malaria, and other vector-borne diseases that plague the world
  • Developing methods of attenuating the effects of diseases through state-of-the-art technologies

Community viability

  • Working with local schools to integrate math, science, technology, and engineering into an agricultural curriculum to better prepare students for college and the workforce
  • Developing local leaders to meet the challenges of sustainable agriculture and rural development