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Scott Lowman, PhD
Director of Applied Research
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Miscellaneous Information

Miscellaneous Information:

My research concentrates on interactions between plants and beneficial bacterial endophytes. Shown to promote plant growth and health, endophytes have the potential to boost agricultural production naturally. Specifically, my interests focus on utilizing free-living, atmospheric nitrogen fixing bacteria as well as bacteria which lower the levels of plant stress hormones, to increase plant yield on marginal land. To test the potential of these interactions, we are also developing a system which utilizes robotics to measure plant growth and stress in a controlled environment.

I also have an interest in improving K-12 education by integrating scientific research into the classroom through outreach. Together my research supports the mandate of IALR, to initiate projects with potential economic and educational benefits for Southern Virginia.



  • Why Workforce Development Matters

    Danville Community College (DCC) and the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR) embarked on a workforce development project commonly referred to as Capstone in the community.  Capstone or the Gene Haas Center for Integrated Machining is a third year advanced machining program for students looking to build upon skills learned during their first two years at DCC.

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