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Who designed the Gateway Arch? & other footprints left by landscape architects on Purdue’s campus

When you imagine Purdue University or pull up images in a Google search, it’s likely that you see pictures of herringbone brick pathways, limestone pillars with metal arches and greenspaces full of students. Not too long ago, this...

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Beekeeping breakthroughs: Purdue research strengthens bee colonies for top pollination performance

Amid National Pollinators Month, beekeepers are focusing their efforts on enhancing their bee colonies’ resilience, particularly in preparation for the harsh winter months ahead. Krispn Given, senior apicultural specialist and honeybee breeder in Purdue’s entomology department, is leading research to boost honeybees’ behavioral resistance to the varroa destructor. Originating from Apis cerana (Asian honeybees), varroa destructor are parasitic mites that pose a severe threat by feeding on honeybees’ blood and fat, quickly compromising the immune system. While feeding on the pupae (the inactive, immature form of bees) and adult bees, the mites introduce viruses like deformed wing virus into the bees’ blood, which can cause colony mortality.

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Fields of Discovery: Proteins, PICKLES and pencils  

This summer, Elysia Uggen researches PICKLE mutations in the arabidopsis plant with department head of biochemistry Joe Ogas.

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Paper-based biosensor offers fast, easy detection of fecal contamination on produce farms

Paper-based biosensor offers fast, easy detection of fecal contamination on produce farms. Purdue University researchers are introducing a new biosensor technology to the agricultural industry inspired by advancements achieved during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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