Biochemistry

Researchers discover key to mass producing beneficial plant compounds

Monday, August 20th, 2018 University News Story

Purdue University scientists have discovered the switch in plants that turns off production of terpenoids, compounds that play roles in plant physiology and are used by humans in everything from fragrances and flavoring to biofuels and pharmaceuticals.

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Ranch roots instill a strong work ethic

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

By Rachel Flanders When she was little, JoLynn Reyling would huff and puff with a hot, red face as she tugged on a five-gallon bucket of feed on her family’s cattle ranch in Glasgow, Montana. She pulled on the handle as hard as she could, but she couldn’t budge the heaping bucket that probably weighed…

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Plants have unique lock to control expression of genes, study finds

Thursday, June 21st, 2018 University News Story

Purdue University scientists have discovered evidence that the repressive structures that plants use to keep genes turned off is built with a potential self-destruct switch. The findings offer insight into ways to control gene expression to alter plants’ characteristics.

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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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Biochemist selected for Purdue’s 2018 Herbert Newby McCoy Award

Monday, May 14th, 2018 University News Story

Natalia Dudareva, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and a professor of horticulture and landscape architecture in the College of Agriculture, has been chosen as the 2018 Herbert Newby McCoy Award recipient. One of Purdue University’s top three research honors, the McCoy Award is given for outstanding work in the natural sciences.

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Purdue scientists studying vision loss look to the fruit fly

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

For decades, scientists have known that blue light will make fruit flies go blind, but it wasn’t clear why. Now, a Purdue University study found how this light kills cells in the flies’ eyes – a finding that could serve as a useful model for understanding human ocular diseases such as macular degeneration. Vikki Weake,…

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Fruit fly breakthrough may help human blindness research

Monday, December 18th, 2017 University News Story

For decades, scientists have known that blue light will make fruit flies go blind, but it wasn’t clear why. Now, a Purdue University study has found how this light kills cells in the flies’ eyes, and that could prove a useful model for understanding human ocular diseases such as macular degeneration.

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Purdue Center for Plant Biology members receive seed grant funding for research

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 University News Story

Seven teams of Purdue Center for Plant Biology (PCPB) faculty will receive seed grant funding for various projects aimed at advancing basic plant biology.

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Boiler Gold Rush

Purdue’s top-ranked College of Agriculture continues upward trend with enrollment numbers

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

As part of an ongoing trend, enrollment numbers at Purdue’s College of Agriculture – ranked 8th in the world – remained strong, reflecting students’ growing interest in agriculture-related majors. The College of Agriculture, which offers 31 different majors ranging from agribusiness to turf management and wildlife, welcomed 643 new undergraduate students as part of its…

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Purdue professor receives $200,000 Pew grant for innovative biotechnology research

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017 University News Story

As part of a new grant program, the Pew Charitable Trusts recently awarded Barbara Golden, a Purdue University professor of biochemistry, a two-year grant to support her lab’s development of a programmable RNA enzyme to build new customized proteins.

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