Agricultural & Biological Engineering

Purdue University, Raytheon BBN Technologies, PortaScience, Cortex Design, and LaDuca partner on COVID-19 point-of-care test kit

Thursday, June 25th, 2020 University News Story

Purdue University, Raytheon BBN Technologies, PortaScience Inc., Cortex Design Inc., and LaDuca LLC on Wednesday (June 24) announced a partnership to produce and manufacture a COVID-19 home test. The test will be submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Adm…

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Professor and pilot John Lumkes loves the view from 1,000 feet

Monday, June 15th, 2020

Like many small kids, Lumkes, Purdue professor of Ag. and Biological Engineering and assistant dean of the office of academic programs, dreamed about flying.

As an eight-year-old, Lumkes would gaze at the sky, watching planes take off and land at the Lake Lawn Airport, just two miles from the family farm near Delavan, Wis.

“We got an old scanner out of the trash and fixed it so we could listen to the pilots,” said Lumkes.

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Analysis: Wind energy expansion would have $27 billion economic impact

Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 University News Story

Wind, which generates less greenhouse gas emission than burning fossil fuels, is making up an increasing share of the energy production portfolio in the United States. But wind is not as efficient as coal or natural gas, causing some concern about its …

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Ethan Hillman in the lab

Graduate researcher makes the most of fungi

Monday, April 6th, 2020

Ethan Hillman likens his arrival at Purdue to speed dating. Hillman, who chose the Purdue Interdisciplinary Life Science (PULSe) program for graduate study, rotated through multiple labs, looking to find the right match for the next five years.

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Agricultural grain explosions are usually preventable, but 2019 still saw eight in the U.S.

Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 University News Story

“There are many substances you might not think are explosive that, under the right conditions, actually are,” says Kingsly Ambrose, agricultural and biological engineering professor.

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AgrAbility gets farmers back to work worldwide

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

To Bill Field, professor of agricultural and biological engineering, a man who suffers a head injury falling from a grain bin in Indiana is no different than a woman who loses a foot to snakebite near Bangkok. “They have the same mechanical needs,” he explains — “how to get to where they need to be and do the things they’ve always done.”

Field directs the national AgrAbility Project, a USDA-NIFA-sponsored program that helps farmers, ranchers and other agricultural workers with disabilities meet those needs. His work focuses on three main areas: the health and well-being of farm families; enhancing emergency response in rural communities; and helping farmers rehabilitate after they’ve experienced a disability. The last priority taps Field’s ongoing research on assistive technology in agricultural workplaces.

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Engineers keep cool while managing projects

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

by Courtney Maxwell It was a busy day in the Bechtel Innovation Design Center on Purdue’s campus. Immediately after walking in the door, the sound hit — humming machinery, vibrating air compressors, and clicking fans seemed to hit unnervingly from all directions. Morgan Burgett and Tyler Field quickly, calmly, and almost quietly walked through the…

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Conference to address connection between big data and food safety

Thursday, December 19th, 2019 University News Story

Purdue University is hosting the Big Data, Safe Food Conference on May 11-12, 2020. The first of its kind, the two-day conference will explore the intersection of big data and food safety through conversations with experts from industry, government and…

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Purdue program changes the drift of communication

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019

By Brian Wallheimer A dozen years ago, Steve Smith could anticipate the calls coming in from farmers across the state. They’d report when and how much of their crops had been damaged as glyphosate being sprayed on nearby fields caught the wind and landed on their non-resistant tomatoes. “We were having tremendous annual drift episodes,…

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Startup developing solar-powered crop-drying devices forms new partnership for East Africa distribution

Wednesday, December 11th, 2019 University News Story

JUA Technologies International, a Purdue University-affiliated startup developing solar-powered crop-drying devices, is partnering with BrazAgro Ltd., a supplier of Brazilian farm machinery, to distribute its solar-drying tray.

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Top ABE department appoints new leader for new century

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

By Chad Campbell In 1998, Nathan Mosier thought he was looking for the best graduate school when he chose Purdue’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE). What he soon realized was that he had also found the ideal professional home – one in which he has learned, taught and led for the last 21…

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Purdue appoints new department head of agricultural and biological engineering

Monday, December 9th, 2019 University News Story

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Cover Crop Harvest

Long-term study will offer more data on cover crop benefits

Monday, November 18th, 2019

By Brian Wallheimer The popularity of cover crops has reemerged in recent years with farmers looking to a variety of grasses, brassicas and legumes to improve soil health. Cover crops can also improve water holding capacity, reduce erosion and weed pressure, reduce nitrogen leaching, increase soil organic matter, and potentially decrease nitrogen fertilizer application rates…

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A new way to create pumpkin spice products, drugs, cosmetics

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019 University News Story

“Like oil and water” doesn’t apply just to personal relationships that aren’t working. It also applies to the challenges scientists face when combining spices and other products that conventionally do not mix well in producing improved drugs, foods and…

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Purdue website provides information on Indiana water resources

Monday, November 4th, 2019 University News Story

The Indiana Water Resources Center (IWRRC) officially launched the State of Indiana Waters website. The website provides a single source of information for the general public regarding the status of Indiana’s water resources including ground and surfac…

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Purdue partnering on 5G research to improve ag automation

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

By Brian Wallheimer Purdue University scientists are collaborating with colleagues at North Carolina State University and others on fifth-generation (5G) and beyond wireless network research that holds promise for improved farm machinery automation. The National Science Foundation and an industry consortium awarded $24 million to a partnership led by North Carolina State University to build…

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Paul standing among foam in the sound chamber

A sound foundation for a fluid future

Friday, September 20th, 2019

By Chad Campbell “I spent 2,000 hours behind soundboards in high school, running them for bands and my church,” Paul Kalbfleisch estimated. “Everyone in my childhood told me I should be an engineer, that I had the knack and the aptitude.” Now a graduate research assistant in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (ABE), Kalbfleisch plans to…

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Meet the College of Agriculture’s newest faculty members

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose As the semester kicks-off hundreds of new faces crop up across the College of Agriculture’s campus. Not all of these unfamiliar faces are freshmen and transfer students, however. Ten faculty members are also joining the college this semester in the departments of agricultural economics, animal sciences, entomology, forestry and natural resources…

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