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Twelve agriculture students named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

July 13, 2021

Twelve student-athletes from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture were named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars for their academic excellence during the 2020-21 school year. In total, 85 Boilermakers earned the honor, setting a record for the university.

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COVID’s next casualty could be your cup of coffee

June 28, 2021

Starting in the 2011-12 growing season, a powdery orange fungus called coffee leaf rust spread like wildfire throughout Latin America and Central America, damaging crops on 70% of farms and causing more than $3.2 billion in damage. The epidemic stemmed…

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Purdue plant biologists solve major cell puzzle on path to leaf engineering

June 14, 2021

Leaves are the primary plant organs responsible for photosynthesis. Their size, shape and angles — all affected by cell patterning and growth — can also expose more of their surface to the sun, increasing energy stores and grain production in crops. E…

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Naming rules tie hands of fungal researchers. Purdue scientist leads call for change

June 1, 2021
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Behind the Research: Mike Woodard

May 10, 2021

If Mike Woodard walks into a greenhouse space and finds a researcher mixing fertilizer one batch at a time in a watering can, he will likely mention the availability of a fertilizer injector. Or if he sees someone watering by hand, he’ll offer information about an automated irrigation system.

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Evolution proteomics approach opens view into how new gene functions arise

March 26, 2021

The creation of genes with new functions is a major driver of developmental innovation in all living organisms. How these genes acquire new functions over evolutionary time scales, however, is unclear.

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Three agriculture students named Academic All-Big Ten

March 22, 2021

Three student-athletes from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture earned Academic All-Big Ten recognition during the winter sports season. They were among 68 Purdue student-athletes to earn the title across the university.

To qualify for Academic All-Big Ten honors, student-athletes must carry a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher while enrolled full-time.

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Purdue team predicts next-generation microbiome research promises agricultural advances

March 9, 2021

For thousands of years, humans have altered — often negatively and inadvertently —microbial communities in a quest to improve agricultural crops. In recent years, knowledge about the roles microbes play in these systems has grown rapidly but is not yet…

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: Eastern Prickly Pear Cactus

March 1, 2021

Online searches to buy succulents have steadily risen over the past five years, reaching an all-time high in 2020. Succulents like the eastern prickly pear cactus, Opuntia humifusa, are hardy enough to grow almost anywhere with dry soil, including Indiana. Their resiliency has helped their popularity bloom, but it is also why they can be a nuisance for weed management specialists like Bill Johnson, professor of botany and plant pathology.

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Purdue Agriculture’s 20 most-read stories of 2020

January 4, 2021

“2020 was a year unlike any other, with numerous challenges, opportunities and accomplishments across our college,” said Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture. “Through it all we were proud to share Purdue Agriculture’s stories with the incredible community of faculty, staff, students, alumni, donors and so many other supporters.”

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Purdue Improved Crop Storage makes inroads in Peru with extensive survey study

November 5, 2020
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SARE grants to support Purdue’s sustainable agriculture programs

October 13, 2020

Faculty, staff and graduate students from the Purdue College of Agriculture and Purdue Extension were recently awarded eight North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Program grants, accounting for over 20% of the $…

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Purdue awarded $2.3 million NSF grant to improve cotton fiber engineering

October 7, 2020

The U.S. grows high-yielding types of cotton that have fibers that are thicker and shorter than their luxury pima cotton relative from Egypt. Improving the shape and mechanical properties of cotton cells would make this already $25 billion industry mor…

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Student embraces research opportunities in America, plant pathology

October 1, 2020

Agriculture was supposed to be a quick detour for Tiffanna Ross. Just one semester while she waited for space to open in the University of Guyana’s undergraduate biology program.

“But I developed a liking for agriculture and it worked out for the best,” said Ross, now a doctoral student in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue.

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Center for Plant Biology boosts Purdue’s plant sciences profile

September 21, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many aspects of life on the Purdue campus to change. Faculty and graduate students are rising to the challenge, redesigning lab courses in creative and innovative ways.

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College of Agriculture’s freshman class reveals its resilience

September 17, 2020
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Ag labs rise to COVID challenge

September 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many aspects of life on the Purdue campus to change. Faculty and graduate students are rising to the challenge, redesigning lab courses in creative and innovative ways.

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New faculty members join College of Agriculture

August 26, 2020
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Six agriculture students named Big Ten Distinguished Scholars

July 14, 2020

Six student-athletes from Purdue University’s College of Agriculture have earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award for the 2019-2020 academic year. Each year, the honor is given to students on varsity rosters who maintain a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher.

Among the honorees, Tessa Sheets ranked in the top 16.5% of Big Ten Distinguished Scholars by achieving a 4.0 GPA.

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Plant scientists maintain critical research to save data and irreplaceable plants

July 9, 2020

The College of Agriculture accounted for more than a third of Purdue researchers who asked for access and support to continue critical research when facilities closed this spring.

With about 15 wiliwili trees in the Lilly Greenhouses, and only 150 left in the wild after an insect pest decimated its population, Purdue oversees an important concentration of this deciduous tree native to Hawaii. Scott McAdam, assistant professor of botany and plant pathology, has been growing the trees for three years.

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