Spring 2017 Stories

Remembering the life and legacy of Virginia Ferris

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

The College of Agriculture mourns the loss of Professor of Nematology Virginia Ferris, who passed away on August 14. “In her more than 50 years in the Department of Entomology, she was one of the world’s leading experts on the soybean cyst nematode, a destructive plant parasite that has cost producers millions of dollars in…

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Alumni Spotlights

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Dan Kiermaier and Ben Baumer display their 2016 Chicago Cubs World Series rings, 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, and 2017 Distinction Award recipients in this issue of Alumni Spotlights in Envision Magazine.

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Then and Now

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Alumna Nicole Mercer and current student Kylie O’Connor both landed in roles at Advanced Agrilytics and Ag Ingenuity partners. Two of the four founders of these sister companies are also Purdue alumni—Kess Berg (MS ’02, PhD ’04, agronomy) and Aaron Gault (BS ’01, agricultural economics), and their work supports a Purdue graduate student and several Purdue interns. Read on to see how Mercer and O’Connor’s work experiences have shaped their paths to success.

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Alumni Close-Up

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Jeff Arnold and Raghavan Srinivasan developed the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT), a river basin scale model that is widely used in hydrology and water quality assessment. The input data are vast, and include weather, pond and reservoir storage, crop growth, nutrient and pesticide loading, irrigation, and multiple hydrological processes, including various types of runoff, groundwater flow, and evapotranspiration.

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Ever True – The Campaign for Purdue University

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

See what generous support of the College of Agriculture has accomplished so far.

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The View Ahead – Spring 2017

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

In this issue of Envision, you will find news and features about a wide range of topics, from help for farmers in the current economic downturn to research on fungi in Guyana. You will also meet some of our alumni and learn how they are using their Purdue Agriculture education to make a difference in land management practices in large, complex watersheds.

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Klein Illeleji displays his prototype

Launching Technology from Discovery to Delivery

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

For farmers, crop loss can be significant, as grain laid in the sun to dry and then threshed by stomping animals can blow away or become contaminated by those animals, dust, or insects. Later, when taking the grain to market, rutted, sometimes muddy roads make vehicle transportation difficult. Farmers tend to walk, carrying only what they can haul by hand.

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The Big Idea – Phenotyping

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Phenotyping, the process of measuring and analyzing observable plant characteristics, is a term used frequently in the College of Agriculture these days—and a technique that is now automated for field research at Purdue.

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fungi

Fungi Hunters Uncover Hidden Worlds

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Guyana, in the northeastern corner of South America, hosts some of the world’s last remaining virgin tropical rainforests. There, in the upper Potaro Basin of western Guyana near Mount Ayanganna, Professor Cathie Aime and her colleagues hunt for undiscovered fungi.

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Plant scientist wins award for early-career innovation

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi, assistant professor in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology, has received a New Innovator in Food and Agriculture Research Award from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research. The award is given to scientists working on creative research projects that address the growing global demand for food by transforming the way food is grown, processed, and distributed.

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