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NSF funds Purdue researcher’s study of fundamental signals between plants and their environment

February 18, 2022
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Purdue trustees approve $20 million greenhouse expansion

February 4, 2022

Today, the Purdue University Board of Trustees approved a $20 million allocation toward a phenotyping greenhouse facility. A component of Plant Sciences 2.0, one of the five strategic initiatives of Purdue’s Next Moves, the facility will expand opportunities for non-invasive sensor-based phenotyping and add nearly 5,000 square feet of greenhouse research space.

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Contaminated leafy greens turn purple

January 21, 2022

Some might say you look a little green when you are sick. Leafy greens actually turn purple—although that’s not obvious to the human eye, it can be seen through advanced hyperspectral imaging. Purdue researchers discovered this color change (different than purple varieties of some vegetables) in kale and basil stressed by cadmium, a heavy metal toxic to human and animal health.

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Purdue research strengthens soybean’s potential in the plant-based protein market

January 18, 2022

Although most of the world’s soybean crop is fed to animals, a Purdue plant breeder thinks that soybean’s complete protein — it contains all eight amino acids essential for human health — makes it the logical choice for the plant-based meat increasingly making its way onto consumers’ tables.

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Plant scientists find recipe for anti-cancer compound in herbs

December 20, 2021

Thyme and oregano possess an anti-cancer compound that suppresses tumor development, but adding more to your tomato sauce isn’t enough to gain significant benefit. The key to unlocking the power of these plants is in amplifying the amount of the compou…

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Detecting the disease resistance of a plant when it is only a seed

November 18, 2021

On the sometimes-foggy journey of following genetic traits to breed resilient plants, a newly identified gene lights the way to soybeans’ natural resistance to a devastating disease.

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Mia Brann working in a lab

Working with students and fungi help plant sciences major grow

November 5, 2021

By Kayla Sweatland DNA extractions and polymerase chain reactions (PCRs) are just a couple things that Mia Brann, a junior majoring in plant sciences from…

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Researchers in field

Improving soybeans reduces the cost to farmers and the environment

October 11, 2021

Instead of relying solely on nitrogen in the soil, soybeans and many other legumes can pull nitrogen from the air for their growth – a natural process that is environmentally friendly and also increases soil nitrogen levels for the next crop in rotation.
Plant science research at Purdue University has found a potential way to double soybean plants’ use of the process, called biological nitrogen fixation.

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Ma in field

Agronomy professor honored by Crop Science Society of America

September 16, 2021

The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) has announced that Purdue professor Jianxin Ma is its 2021 Fellow Award Recipient. The annual award recognizes outstanding contributions to crop science through education, national and international service and research.

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Summer research sows seeds of interest in agricultural sciences

July 2, 2021
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Purdue launches Next Moves initiatives

April 9, 2021

Purdue University on Friday (April 9) officially launched Purdue’s Next Moves – five new distinct strategic initiatives designed to advance the university’s competitive advantage in its continuing quest for leadership among the world’s top research and…

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