Chemical-free, low-cost crop storage bags that preserve food longer now commercially available

Wednesday, February 21st, 2018 University News Story

The internationally recognized Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) bag, a specially designed bag to prevent insect-caused post-harvest losses for farmers in developing countries, is now commercially available for farmers worldwide.

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Death by termite: Purdue entomologist uses natural cravings to control invasive ants

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Invasive ants, with colonies often numbering in the millions, are a problem on every continent except Antarctica. They often enter countries on cargo ships and quickly dominate landscapes, outcompeting native species and disrupting ecological balances. Entomologists have insecticides designed to smell and taste appealing to these ants, but they’re not always effective. Sometimes the ants…

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Death by termite: Purdue entomologist uses natural cravings to control invasive ants

Monday, February 19th, 2018 University News Story

Poisonous baits are designed to smell and taste like foods that pest insects might want to consume, with varying degrees of success in controlling the pests. But a Purdue University entomologist has found a better way — giving the insects exactly what they want rather than a knock-off.

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Michiana grain production workshop set for March

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 University News Story

Registration is underway for the 2018 Michiana Irrigated Corn and Soybean Production Workshop, hosted by Purdue Extension.

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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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Cover crops increase destruction of weed seed in fields, shed light on predator interactions

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017 University News Story

Cover crops have been promoted for their abilities to reduce erosion and retain or enhance soil nutrients. Now there is evidence that they can significantly reduce weed seeds from entering the soil seed bank.

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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 President Mitch Daniels

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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