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Pack rat nests offer first look at ancient insect DNA

July 13, 2021

For many years, scientists have been extracting DNA from the bones of ancient humans, humanoids and animals to paint a picture of evolution and species movement. Despite what’s been portrayed in the movie “Jurassic Park” — in which dinosaurs are resurr…

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From “eww” to “cool”: Why you should welcome slugs, bats and wasps

June 22, 2021

“Many insects, arthropods, invertebrates and mammals pollinate,” Harpur said. “Bats are probably the best-known mammalian examples, but wasps, flies, beetles and slugs also pollinate. It works very similar to how bees pollinate-the animal is attracted to the flower in some way and pollen is transferred on to its body and then, eventually, to another plant. One of my favorite examples is the mirror orchid. Its flower looks and smells like a female wasp. It is so convincing that male wasps will try to mate with it and, in so doing, they transfer pollen between flowers.”

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To reach global audiences, think smaller — screens, that is

May 20, 2021

Scientists around the world develop new technologies and information that can improve the lives of people in developing countries. Getting that knowledge into their hands, however, often proves difficult.

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17 Ways to make the most of 17-Year Cicada Emergence

May 12, 2021

“If you like insects, or are even just curious about them, you have a unique opportunity coming up. Get out and enjoy it while you can,” recommended Elizabeth Barnes, an exotic forest pest educator for Purdue Extension Entomology.

The 17-year cicadas of Brood X were last seen in 2004. This spring, they are set to appear across Indiana and in parts of 14 other states.

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Student’s research helps watermelon growers find sweet success

May 5, 2021

“Even though some days I’m getting out of bed to reach the field before the flowers open, it’s easy for me to find the endpoint of who we’re doing this for,” said Jacob Pecenka, a Ph.D. student in entomology. “Watermelon growers in Indiana.”

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Essential oils restore insecticide effectiveness against bed bugs

April 19, 2021

Bed bugs tuck themselves away into dark, unseen spaces and multiply rapidly, making them difficult to control. That job has gotten even harder in recent years as the pests have developed resistance to the insecticides long used to eradicate them from h…

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Purdue’s Spring Fest offers virtual at-home activities

April 6, 2021

Purdue’s College of Agriculture welcomes people of all ages to experience Purdue Spring Fest from their home and backyards. Normally held in-person on Purdue University’s campus, the annual event will begin Monday, April 12, with online events and acti…

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Unexpected Plants and Animals of Indiana: The Rainbow Scarab

March 31, 2021

Locating the rainbow scarab (Phanaeus vindex) beetle in Indiana can be like trying to find a needle in a haystack, or, well, like an insect on a dung heap.

While dung beetles abound in the state, the rainbow scarab, a type of dung beetle named for its iridescent and colorful body, is quite rare.

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Ironclad beetles offer a lot to learn for engineers and entomologists

March 15, 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…

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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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Purdue welcomes back former professor as endowed entomology chair

February 5, 2021
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Where do bugs go in winter?

February 3, 2021

By Brian Wallheimer Any trip to Mars, likely to take a year or longer, will require astronauts to grow at least some of their own…

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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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“Education is multidimensional”: How agriculture staff and students are reaching grades PK-12 during a pandemic

November 12, 2020
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Purdue Improved Crop Storage makes inroads in Peru with extensive survey study

November 5, 2020
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PICS receives national award for exemplary community engagement

October 14, 2020

In recognition of its extraordinary community engagement initiatives, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has named Purdue University and Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) an exemplary designee.

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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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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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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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Boiler Bee Honey’s second batch: how sweet it is!

September 11, 2020
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