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Tour of IALR – Applied Research

March 27 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Join us for a free guided group tour of the research facilities and labs on the campus of the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR). Discover our impact and explore our cutting-edge research and facilities. Our Applied Research Division conducts innovative research into biotechnology and indoor agriculture and provides reliable analytical chemistry and polymer testing services. We conduct industry-driven research that benefits companies and moves industries forward.

This one-hour tour will include a brief overview of IALR before a deep dive into the focus areas of our Applied Research division. Participants will see:

The Virginia Tech-IALR Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Innovation Center, which partners with industry and academia to conduct research and educational programming to develop and advance the CEA industry.

  • SMART Tables, advanced robotic imaging platforms that record and track growth and development throughout the life cycle of a set of plants.
  • The Plant Endophyte Research Center, which studies how beneficial plant bacteria show promise as natural biostimulants—reducing chemical fertilizer use and preserving the environment.
  • The Analytical Chemistry Lab, which utilizes some of the most sophisticated commercially available equipment to support companies from various industries regionally and globally with testing and methodology development services.
  • The Advanced Materials Lab, which is equipped with polymer testing and characterization capabilities and can be utilized by manufacturers and universities.



Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
150 Slayton Avenue
Danville, VA 24504 United States
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