Forestry & Natural Resources

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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Trees growing in the snowfall

Needles in a snowbank, finding the right species of Christmas tree

Tuesday, November 27th, 2018

By Chad Campbell Farming cycles out of the spotlight after harvest, yet many families make their most calculated and celebrated plant purchase every winter. The Education Store contains digital and physical resources on a wide range of subjects. The publications are authored by experts on each topic, among them recently retired professor of forestry and…

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A single, hydroponic plant

Technology distilled to grow the hydroponics industry

Friday, November 16th, 2018

By Chad Campbell When Horticulture Assistant Professor Krishna Nemali joined Purdue in July 2016, he immediately began to develop a program as new to the school as he was. Nemali studied agriculture in India before earning his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and spending nine years as a scientist in controlled environment crop physiology…

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Jacobs receives Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award

Monday, November 12th, 2018 University News Story

Seventeen years ago, nurseries around Indiana were fertilizing seedlings in a very different way. It’s no accident that this began changing shortly after Douglass Jacobs joined Purdue Agriculture’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources in 2001. Jacobs’ research concentrates on the restoration and reforestation of forest trees, especially hardwoods, which are abundant in Indiana.

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Birds flying above the treetops before nightfall

Cloudy With a Chance of Songbirds

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

By Chad Campbell With the stream of new resources available in this digital age, creative applications of technology can reinvent age-old practices, even bird watching. Using a combination of data, algorithms and creativity, Jessica Outcalt, a doctoral candidate in Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, employs NEXRAD, the same radar system that tracks the…

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Purdue experts available to discuss planned timber harvest for Hoosier National Forest

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018 University News Story

Logging may soon begin in the Hoosier National Forest, a predominantly hardwood forest located in south central Indiana, in the area of the Lake Monroe Watershed. The watershed is south of the Charles C. Deam Wilderness area.

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