Discovering breakthroughs is not just a goal, but a reality within the labs of the Applied Research division. Each day, the staff focus on projects driven strictly by the needs of industry in order to help foster economic transformation. While our Analytical Chemistry group offers elite testing services, our Advanced Materials team provides cutting-edge characterization and processing capabilities. The groundbreaking agricultural enrichment efforts of our Life Sciences & Biotechnology group and the Precision Agriculture team add to our pride in enhancing human life and presenting commercialization prospects.
IALR’s advanced materials research is committed to the development and application of cutting-edge materials and assisting the region’s organizations in re-energizing the economy.
Analytical methodology development and chemical testing services help expedite decision-making processes, quantify the efficacy of products under development and offer access to state-of-the-art equipment.
Life Sciences & Biotechnology
IALR’s life sciences work supports a broad range of industries from tobacco and food products to wood and biostimulants. Biotechnology research includes the characterization of more than 1,500 beneficial plant bacteria endophytes, which show promise for commercialization as natural biostimulants.
Precision agriculture improves the efficiency of farmers by using technology to pinpoint crop areas needing attention. IALR’s SMART tables, which are precision imaging platforms, record and track plant growth and responses to environmental stimuli. Drones provide crop images and expedite identification of problem areas.
Unique Workshop Promotes Collaboration Needed to Move Science Forward
VA Tech Students at IALR
Patrick Henry Community College Visits IALR
Experimental Water Treatment Project
Natural Products & Chemistry
Institute Receives Tobacco Commission Grant to Assist Growers
Impressive Research Results for Growers
Polymers: Processing and Analytical Support
Expanding Virginia’s Vineyards
Through a cost-share program, IALR works with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission and the Virginia Vineyards Association to increase vineyard acreage and address the shortage of Virginia-grown grapes.
Advancing the Plant
IALR recently licensed a collection of agriculturally important, beneficial plant bacteria (called endophytes) to Indigo Ag, Inc. (Boston, Massachusetts). The bacteria, isolated and characterized by IALR scientists, show promise for commercialization as natural plant biostimulants, which will aid farming diversification and productivity.