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Senior Kayla Grennes stands in cap and sash in Purdue Greenhouse
The COVID-19 Class: Born a Boilermaker senior persists to find her fit at Purdue

The “COVID-19 Class” is a mini-series documenting the experiences of three members of the Class of 2024 from the College of Agriculture. Though they were presented with a distinct set of challenges as they began their collegiate...

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PhD student Nowrin Shaika and professor Halis Simsek, both in agricultural and biological engineering, demonstrate using electrocoagulation to harvest microalgae Chlorella vulgaris from wastewater cleaned with algae.
Studies assess feasibility of aquaculture wastewater treatment methods

Aquaculture production operations that help feed the world’s growing population also generate polluted wastewater that harms the environment. Four studies published by Purdue University scientists since last May document the feasibility of previously unproven methods for successfully treating the wastewater.

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Wind farm in Northern Indiana
U.S. Department of Energy taps Purdue Extension to lead new Indiana collaborative for renewable energy

A developer approaches a local plan commission, seeking approval to locate a wind or solar farm in the community. But the community may not have an ordinance that regulates a commercial solar or commercial wind development. Or, because the technology has changed so rapidly, the existing ordinance needs review and rewriting.

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Kranthi Varala, assistant professor, and Rachel Kuhn, a junior, both in Purdue’s department of horticulture & landscape architecture, collect individual seed pods of genetically modified Arabidopsis plants to help assay the genetic changes leading to higher seed oil content.
Purdue-USDA team develops fast-track process for genetic improvement of plant traits

Researchers interested in improving a given trait in plants can now identify the genes that regulate the trait’s expression without doing any experiments. Purdue University’s Kranthi Varala, and 10 co-authors published the details of the new web-based regulatory gene discovery tool in the April 23 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Varala has a patent pending on the results that relates to economically important seed oil biosynthesis.

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