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Summer 2010 edition of university's research magazine features international research


   

Kimberly Mattson As her doctoral research for Virginia Tech’s College of Natural Resources and Environment, Kimberly Mattson mapped human disturbances in freshwater systems in the upper Tennessee River basin, then worked with the Nature Conservancy to adapt the procedure to map out current and potential threats within South America’s freshwater systems.


BLACKSBURG, Va., July 1, 2010 – The summer 2010 issue of Virginia Tech Research is now available online.

The issue has three stories about international research:

  • By a plant pathologist to save the hot pepper industry from 'Viruses of the Caribbean';
  • By a student to help build a bridge in Haiti to provide access to healthcare, and to provide  infrastructure assessment after the earthquake; and
  • By a student to create a mapping tool that was used by the Nature Conservancy to assess threats to freshwater systems in South America.

In addition, there are stories about:

  • How a poet reveals his world;
  • A cause of the autoimmune disease, Lupus, and a potential diagnostic tool;
  • A flaw in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Thrifty Food Plan; and
  • A survey of life in the creeks and under the rocks of the Potomac Passage Creek watershed.

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