Crops & Plant Science

Tamara Benjamin

Tamara Benjamin

The work happening at Purdue University reaches beyond the borders of the state and the country. Few know this better than Tamara Benjamin, who worked for years in Costa Rica as a branch of Purdue Extension. Benjamin’s fostered relations between Purdue and students, faculty, researchers and agriculturalists in Latin America. Her work spans a number…

Dr. Shaun Casteel

Shaun Casteel

Shaun Casteel came by his interest in agriculture early and honestly growing up on his family’s Illinois farm. As a professor in the Agronomy Department and an Extension soybean and small grain specialist, Casteel’s research is complimented by his outreach efforts with the Extension program. He is considered an expert on soybeans in the Midwest.…

Dr. Peter Goldsbrough

Peter Goldsbrough

Most of the time when Peter Goldsbrough talks about heavy metal he’s not referring to the music genre. As a professor of botany and plant pathology, Goldsbrough’s research centers on monitoring how plants respond to environmental stressors, including heavy metals like zinc, copper, lead and calcium. Goldsbrough examines stressors introduced by the environment and from…

Dr. William G. Johnson

William G. Johnson

Weeds aren’t just a blight on farming landscapes, they’re a costly and dangerous threat to America’s agricultural industries. Weeds are estimated to cost the U.S. over $4 billion annually in lost crops and many weed management technologies have a lasting impact on the environment and farmers’ pocketbooks. Additionally, many weed management systems have become ineffective…

Dr. Krishna Nemali

Krishna Nemali

Krishna Nemali knows the face of farming is changing. No longer is it an activity performed only by rural populations over vast tracts of land. With the advent of urban farming, anyone from the apartment dweller to the innovative restaurateur can become a farmer. As a controlled environment agriculture Extension specialist, Nemali studies plant growth…

Dr. Mitch Tuinstra

Mitch Tuinstra

Climate change impacts every aspect of society, including agriculture. As the effects of climate change escalate, farmers, researchers and innovators need to find new ways to deal with changing trends and an increased frequency of extreme weather events, like droughts and floods. Professor Tuinstra’s research in plant breeding and genetics seeks to mitigate the impact…