Black and Hispanic consumers are somewhat more likely to check food labels and much more likely to face food insecurity, according to the Consumer Food Insights Report.   The survey-based report out of  Purdue University’s Center for Food Demand Analysis and Sustainability assesses food security and spending, consumer satisfaction and... Read more
Published on: June 8, 2022
Through integration of aerial and ground-based mobile mapping sensors and systems, a team of Purdue digital forestry researchers has used advanced technology to locate, count and measure over a thousand trees in a matter of hours. “The machines are counting and measuring each tree – it is not an... Read more
Published on: June 7, 2022
Sam Polzin, a food and agriculture survey scientist for the center and co-author of the report, said minority and marginalized people in rural communities historically face even higher rates of food insecurity. “We need to identify and respond to challenges that an issue like inflation might exacerbate among people who... Read more
Published on: May 11, 2022
The Sustainable Food Purchasing Index (SFP) value for March remained the same as February at 68/100. The score reflects consumer food purchasing that aligns with a set of key recommendations for healthy diets from sustainable food systems. The index includes six components correlating with different strategies for achieving food system... Read more
Published on: April 13, 2022
Consumers are managing inflation in food prices for now, but their expectations to experience future inflation increased from last month, according to this month's Consumer Food Insights Report from Purdue University. Read Full Story >>>... Read more
Published on: March 9, 2022
Stomata respond to light, pathogens, changes in humidity and, most important for his study, drought conditions. McAdam will investigate if stomatal function varies across plants, and whether this variation might determine where species grow and how well they survive stress. “Closing stomata are critical for drought tolerance,” he says. “If... Read more
Published on: February 18, 2022
Sam Polzin, a food and agriculture survey scientist for the center and co-author of the report, said the goal is to create a useful public resource. “Informed decisions are one way we can build a better and more sustainable food system,” he said. “We are sort of democratizing food data... Read more
Published on: February 15, 2022
The approved funding supports phase one of a master plan, which consists of demolishing two span-type greenhouses, a work center and storage. A four-season research greenhouse will be built in that space. Conveyors installed in two of the new greenhouse rooms will move plants into the Ag Alumni Seed Phenotyping... Read more
Published on: February 4, 2022
The global initiative GFBI has steadily grown over the past five years, and its efforts to understand the world’s tree population are bearing fruit. The global tree species estimate follows development of the first global map of tree symbioses, published in the journal Nature, and discovery that forest biodiversity benefits the economy by... Read more
Published on: January 31, 2022
The team implemented a machine-learning algorithm to sort and classify the data. “Through our dual pair of hyperspectral cameras, we can achieve full spectrum optical sensing from both the top and sides of a plant,” Yang said. “Purdue’s hyperspectral system can be used to scan plants from seedlings to a... Read more
Published on: January 21, 2022
Rainey has singled out traits in soybeans that have economic value to consumers, such as postharvest seed composition and quality. “You can have higher protein, different types of protein with different processing characteristics, and various fatty acid profiles — whether oil high oleic or low linoleic. We have genes for... Read more
Published on: January 18, 2022
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Thyme and oregano possess an anti-cancer compound that suppresses tumor development, but adding more to your tomato sauce isn't enough to gain significant benefit. The key to unlocking the power of these plants is in amplifying the amount of the compound created or synthesizing the compound... Read more
Published on: December 20, 2021
A fter decades in pursuit of plant cellular signaling, a researcher returns to questions raised by his early work — now equipped with advanced technology and the establishment of a $12.5 million institute. In 1998, a Purdue University study challenged conventional thoughts about what triggered a plant’s response to... Read more
Published on: November 19, 2021
Newly identified gene for resistance to root and stem rot accelerates breeding of resilient soybean plants WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – On the sometimes-foggy journey of following genetic traits to breed resilient plants, a newly identified gene lights the way to soybeans’ natural resistance to a devastating disease. Purdue University announced... Read more
Published on: November 18, 2021
By Kayla Sweatland DNA extractions and polymerase chain reactions (PCRs) are just a couple things that Mia Brann, a junior majoring in plant sciences from Schererville, Indiana, loves to do in her day-to-day mycology research lab. “Doing those PCRs are really fun,” Brann said. “And the results always show me... Read more
Published on: November 5, 2021