Research

Plants have unique lock to control expression of genes, study finds

Thursday, June 21st, 2018 University News Story

Purdue University scientists have discovered evidence that the repressive structures that plants use to keep genes turned off is built with a potential self-destruct switch. The findings offer insight into ways to control gene expression to alter plants’ characteristics.

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Purdue research promotes benefits of ‘tickling’ rats

Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 University News Story

Parents often use tickling as a playful way to lighten a child’s mood. In Brianna Gaskill’s Purdue University lab, scientists do the same thing, only with rats.

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New Purdue website provides essential information about high oleic soybeans

Monday, June 4th, 2018 University News Story

A new website produced by Purdue University is designed to help dieticians, educators, farmers, food industry professionals and consumers better understand the benefits of high oleic soybean oil, an emerging heart-healthy alternative to traditional coo…

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Purdue receives $1.8 million from DOE to solve biorefinery blockages

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 University News Story

One of the biggest problems facing biorefinery operations is the flow of biomass into and throughout facilities. Lignocellulosic biomass, often made up of post-harvest agricultural materials such as corn stover and soybean hulls, often accumulates and …

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Simulations show how beta-amyloid may kill neural cells

Thursday, May 24th, 2018 University News Story

Beta-amyloid peptides, protein fragments that form naturally in the brain and clump into plaques in Alzheimer’s disease patients, are thought to be responsible for neuron death, but it hasn’t been clear how the substances kill cells. Now, a Purdue University scientist has shown through computer simulations that beta-amyloid may accumulate to kill neural cells by boring holes into them.

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Sheep and wool checkoff funds new projects

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018 University News Story

The Indiana Sheep and Wool Market Development Program (Indiana S&W) based at Purdue University is funding several new projects this year to promote the state’s lamb and wool industry.

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CRISPR-edited rice plants produce major boost in grain yield

Monday, May 21st, 2018 University News Story

A team of scientists from Purdue University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has used CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing technology to develop a variety of rice that produces 25-31 percent more grain and would have been virtually impossible to create through …

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Plaut chosen to lead College of Agriculture

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 University News Story

Karen Plaut is the new Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.

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Climate change impacts reports: Warmer, wetter weather will alter Indiana’s forests, urban greenspaces

Thursday, May 17th, 2018 University News Story

Indiana’s forests and urban green infrastructure could look dramatically different over the next century due to warmer temperatures and changed precipitation patterns brought on by climate change, according to the latest two reports by the Purdue University-based Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment.

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