Research

Study uncovers distinctions in major crop genome evolutions

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018 University News Story

Sometime between 5 million and 13 million years ago, both maize and soybeans underwent genome duplications, but Purdue University scientists believe they happened in very different manners.

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Dewy soybean plant

Discovery may lead to new gene targets to boost soybean oil

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

Purdue University scientists have discovered that a single nucleotide mutation and the characteristics it created may be critical for the domestication of soybeans. Understanding that mutation today could help scientists improve seed oil content in one of the world’s most important crops. Jianxin Ma, professor in Purdue’s Department of Agronomy, led a study that found…

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Study suggests new targets for improving soybean oil content

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018 University News Story

Scientists working to increase soybean oil content tend to focus their efforts on genes known to impact the plant’s seeds, but a Purdue University study shows that genes affecting other plant parts deserve more attention.

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Purdue scientists studying vision loss look to the fruit fly

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

For decades, scientists have known that blue light will make fruit flies go blind, but it wasn’t clear why. Now, a Purdue University study found how this light kills cells in the flies’ eyes – a finding that could serve as a useful model for understanding human ocular diseases such as macular degeneration. Vikki Weake,…

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Spensa Technologies adds precision ag industry veterans to team

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 University News Story

Spensa Technologies Inc., a precision agriculture technology company, announces that two industry veterans have joined the company’s sales and business development team.

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Fruit fly breakthrough may help human blindness research

Monday, December 18th, 2017 University News Story

For decades, scientists have known that blue light will make fruit flies go blind, but it wasn’t clear why. Now, a Purdue University study has found how this light kills cells in the flies’ eyes, and that could prove a useful model for understanding human ocular diseases such as macular degeneration.

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Another warm winter? State climatologists say it depends on La Niña

Friday, December 8th, 2017 University News Story

According to the latest seasonal outlook from the Indiana State Climate Office based at Purdue University, Hoosiers could be in for a repeat of last winter, when a weak La Niña system fizzled early in the season and unusually mild conditions prevailed during the last half of January and February.

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Forest fungi boost invasive plants, choke out native species

Monday, December 4th, 2017 University News Story

Certain types of tree-associated fungi make a forest a welcoming environment for invasive plant species, crowding out natives, including high-value trees such as oaks.

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Purdue Center for Plant Biology members receive seed grant funding for research

Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 University News Story

Seven teams of Purdue Center for Plant Biology (PCPB) faculty will receive seed grant funding for various projects aimed at advancing basic plant biology.

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Carbon’s economic damage costlier than thought based on current science

Monday, November 20th, 2017 University News Story

The data used to calculate the damage that an additional ton of carbon dioxide has on the global economy has long relied on outdated science. Recent updates modeled by the University of California-Davis and Purdue University raise the calculations of t…

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