High tunnels boost yield, along with plant-damaging insects

Thursday, August 31st, 2017 University News Story

Growers of tomatoes, cucumbers and other vegetables can extend their growing season and increase yield by placing high tunnels over their cold-sensitive crops, but those tunnels don’t provide the pest protection that has long been assumed.

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Purdue partners with AgriNovus for agbiosciences initiative

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Purdue University has partnered with AgriNovus on a statewide educational and public awareness campaign that asserts Indiana’s leadership in food and agriculture innovation. The “Time to Tell” campaign shares the role Indiana plays in the agbiosciences industry. Agbiosciences is the term used to describe the intersection of agriculture, life sciences, science and technology. The agbiosciences…

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Americans OK with GMs for health care, but still wary about food

Monday, August 28th, 2017 University News Story

More than three-quarters of Americans would accept release of genetically modified mosquitoes to decrease risk of the Zika virus, but fewer than half accept genetic modification (GM) of animals, grain crops and produce, according to a Purdue University…

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Destructive pests: Check your trees for Asian long-horned beetles

Friday, August 11th, 2017 University News Story

August is peak emergence season for the invasive Asian long-horned beetle, a pest that poses a serious threat to shade trees. A Purdue University entomologist is urging people to perform their annual tree checkup for these destructive insects. In just …

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Your perfect lawn could be killing pollinators, researchers say

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017 University News Story

If dandelions, clovers or other perennial weeds seem to be overtaking your lawn, be cautious about using insecticides. That’s one of the recommendations offered by a group of researchers who studied the impact urban lawn care practices have on pollinators.

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Job involves reaching out with a lot of exotic insects

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Kevin Miller Catherine Terrell has thought a lot about the dream job she has at Purdue. Sometimes, her work involves managing a terrarium full of Madagascar hissing cockroaches and showing someone the proper way to handle a tarantula. “It’s thrilling for me when I see the look on a child’s face as they interact…

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Global hunger bugs entrepreneurial senior

Thursday, July 6th, 2017

By Kevin Miller Ashlyn Burns is developing a business likely to make most people’s skin crawl. Her business, named Bugbite, produces a product that closely resembles the wheat flour you’ll find in any typical pantry; the catch is her flour is made from mealworms, the brown insect larvae usually found stocked as pet food. Burns…

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