The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is tackling the grand challenges facing our world using the land-grant model of research, education, and outreach. Working together, we are exploring ways to preserve our natural resources and improve the economic prosperity and quality of life for people around the globe not only today, but for generations to come.


The world is our classroom, where top scientists inspire future leaders in agriculture and life sciences by using hands-on learning experiences on campus and around the globe. 


Complex challenges such as mitigating climate change, improving health and well-being, and feeding a growing global population require sharp minds creating innovative solutions.


Virginia Cooperative Extension is improving lives by enhancing the value of agriculture, sustaining the environment, developing youth and families, and cultivating communities.

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Biological systems engineering Assistant Professor Xueyang Feng and Jiayuan Sheng, a post-doctoral associate, discovered a novel way to produce fatty alcohols from yeast. Fatty alcohols are used in wide range of products from detergents to ice cream.

Ann Hutchens

Yeast is good for more than bread

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