Forestry & Natural Resources

Private woodland owners can learn wildlife stewardship skills at short course

Monday, March 4th, 2019 University News Story

A June workshop will provide Indiana’s private woodland owners with the information and skills needed to implement management practices to benefit the wide range of wildlife species that call those forests home.

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Proper pesticide to highlight forest owner workshop

Monday, February 25th, 2019 University News Story

There are safe and effective ways to use herbicides to manage forests and fend off invasive species. That’s the message Fred Whitford, director of Purdue Pesticide Programs, wants to communicate to forest owners at the upcoming Ohio River Valley Woodlands and Wildlife Workshop.

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Hummingbird and bees at hummingbird feeder

Want to learn more about the birds and the bees?

Thursday, February 14th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose  When health teachers in middle school instruct pupils about the “birds and the bees” they usually don’t mean literally. The only thing more uncomfortable than a middle schooler learning the ins and outs of the human body, however, may, in fact, be the actual mating habits of birds and bees. With…

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Groundhogs can’t predict the weather but they do poop underground

Wednesday, January 30th, 2019

By Emma Ea Ambrose Groundhogs are good at many things, said Brian MacGowan, Purdue University Extension wildlife specialist and Forestry and Natural Resources Extension coordinator, but predicting the weather definitely isn’t one of them. The lore surrounding Groundhog Day originated in Germany where people used the reactions of badgers and hedgehogs to gauge weather patterns….

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Climate drives link between forest biodiversity and productivity

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019 University News Story

Some ecologists believe that species richness is positively related to ecosystem productivity, while others conclude that the relationship is bell-shaped or they are unrelated. Using big data, Purdue University scientists now know which theory is corre…

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Melon in a flooded field

Purdue-led group prepares state for life with changing climate

Thursday, January 10th, 2019

Purdue-led group prepares state for life with changing climate By Brian Wallheimer This past November, Jeff Dukes and Jonathon Day took turns returning phone calls. Reporters from all over Indiana – and some in Illinois and Kentucky – wanted to know what tourism in the state would look like over the coming decades as climate changes….

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A collection of photos from 2018

10 Most Read Stories of 2018

Wednesday, December 19th, 2018

Purdue celebrates dedication of new animal sciences complex In March, Purdue formally dedicated its new 123,000 square-foot animal sciences complex, boosting the university’s commitment to Indiana’s vital food animal production industry. “These wonderful state-of-the art classrooms, laboratories, and interactive spaces bring together students, faculty, and staff in ways that will foster collaboration, spark new ideas,…

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Douglass Jacobs standing in a field of leaves

2018 Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award presented to Douglass Jacobs

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

By Chad Campbell Douglass Jacobs, the Fred M. van Eck Professor of Forest Biology and Associate Head for Extension in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR), was honored as the tenth recipient of the Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award. First given in 2008, the award was recently named after Corinne…

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Purdue study: Sustainable palm oil doesn’t make the grade

Monday, December 3rd, 2018 University News Story

From food and biofuels to cosmetics and detergents, palm oil is found in countless products these days. Demand for the oil has surged in the last decade – global usage went from 37 million metric tons in 2006 to 64.2 million in 2016 – in part because i…

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Study: Who owns and farms land can create barriers to conservation

Thursday, November 29th, 2018 University News Story

As stewards of vast swaths of land, farmers are important allies in U.S. conservation efforts, but there is evidence to suggest those farming on rented land adopt conservation practices at a lower rate.

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