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In the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences our extension and outreach programs are designed to deliver pragmatic, science-based information regarding sustainable crop production and responsible land and water use management. We employ state-of-the knowledge to promote economic prosperity for our stakeholders while maintaining or improving soil, water, and air quality. We excel in developing applied management practices from our interpretation and extension of basic and translational research in such areas as fruits, vegetables, turf, ornamentals, agronomic crops, urban landscape management, on-site waste disposal, disturbed land reclamation, integrated pest management, plant improvement, non-traditional plant products, bioenergy, food safety, biosecurity and sustainability. We serve our stakeholders in many traditional ways and by working closely with allied trade associations, commodity groups and state agencies.

Areas of Focus and Contacts

Locations, Clinics and Labs

Lab contact: Steve Heckendorn
Lab phone: 540-231-2910

Lab contact: Michael Flessner
Lab phone: 540-231-2910

Lab contact:
Lab phone: (540) 231-6758

The Insect Identification Laboratory (IIL) provides identification and diagnostic services for insects, mites, and other invertebrates and their damage.  The IIL covers all commodities including field crops, horticultural crops, forestry, livestock, vegetables, and fruit. In addition, covers pests of humans, stored food, and structures.   

Form for submissions: 444-113
Lab contact email:
Lab phone: 540-231-4899

Turfgrass Research Center 

Manager: John Dickerson

Urban Horticulture Center

Manager: John James

Agronomy Farm

Lab contact: Mike Brosius
Phone: 540-231-7452

Northern Piedmont Center

Manager: Greg Lillard
Phone: 540-672-2660