Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Purdue receives $1.8 million from DOE to solve biorefinery blockages

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 University News Story

One of the biggest problems facing biorefinery operations is the flow of biomass into and throughout facilities. Lignocellulosic biomass, often made up of post-harvest agricultural materials such as corn stover and soybean hulls, often accumulates and …

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Simulations show how beta-amyloid may kill neural cells

Thursday, May 24th, 2018 University News Story

Beta-amyloid peptides, protein fragments that form naturally in the brain and clump into plaques in Alzheimer’s disease patients, are thought to be responsible for neuron death, but it hasn’t been clear how the substances kill cells. Now, a Purdue University scientist has shown through computer simulations that beta-amyloid may accumulate to kill neural cells by boring holes into them.

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Plaut chosen to lead College of Agriculture

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 University News Story

Karen Plaut is the new Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.

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Purdue student team develops hydroseeding adhesive to win Student Soybean Innovation Competition

Friday, April 20th, 2018

A chat with farmers over a cup of coffee in a small Indiana town led to an invention that earned a team of four students first place in the 2018 Student Soybean Innovation Competition. Team SoyTack won $20,000 for its soy-based tackifier, a fast-curing, formaldehyde-free soil stabilizer. The Indiana Soybean Alliance has funded the competition since…

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New tool serves as digital logbook for drone users

Monday, April 16th, 2018 University News Story

A Purdue University researcher led development of a free, web-based application that will allow those using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) to easily log their flight-related data.

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‘How to Feed the World’ offers practical, positive solutions to food insecurity

Monday, March 19th, 2018 University News Story

A new book of essays by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from Purdue University helps readers understand how decisions made today by farmers, scientists, policymakers, educators and consumers are vital to ensuring global food security in coming …

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More grain dust explosions reported nationwide in 2017

Thursday, March 8th, 2018 University News Story

There were seven reported grain dust explosions at U.S. food and agricultural facilities in 2017, two more than in 2016 but still below the 10-year average of 9.3 explosions per year, according to an annual report issued by Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

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Overheated pigs may get the cooldown they need with Purdue technology

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 University News Story

Modern sows are having more piglets than ever, and feeding those larger litters results in higher body temperatures. Air conditioning farrowing houses isn’t feasible, but Purdue University researchers have a solution: personal pig cooling pads.

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Purdue Ag-celerator fund awards $100,000 to two plant sciences startups, announces next proposal submission dates

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 University News Story

Purdue Ag-celerator, a plant sciences innovation fund, awarded a total of $100,000 in investments to Gen3Bio Inc., a Purdue-licensed software that produces biochemicals through algae extraction, and Progeny, a camera drone software designed to rapidly …

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Purdue Extension offering energy efficiency workshops for farms and rural businesses

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 University News Story

Farmers and other business owners in rural areas can learn critical steps to increased energy efficiency in workshops hosted by Purdue Extension.

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