Research

Purdue scientist sending tomatoes into space to study plant defense

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

By Brian Wallheimer Any trip to Mars, likely to take a year or longer, will require astronauts to grow at least some of their own food along the way since it can cost $10,000 to send a pound of anything just as far as Earth’s orbit. Astronauts will need the nutrients provided by fruits, leafy…

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Purdue scientist working to remove persistent chemicals from drinking water

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

By Brian Wallheimer Anyone who has enjoyed the ease of sliding a fried egg out of a Teflon-coated frying pan, not had to think twice about the grease from a cheeseburger soaking through the fast-food container, or watched rain water bead on a jacket rather than soak through can thank per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS)….

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Purdue partnering on 5G research to improve ag automation

Thursday, October 10th, 2019

By Brian Wallheimer Purdue University scientists are collaborating with colleagues at North Carolina State University and others on fifth-generation (5G) and beyond wireless network research that holds promise for improved farm machinery automation. The National Science Foundation and an industry consortium awarded $24 million to a partnership led by North Carolina State University to build…

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Behind the Research: GTAP

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

About the feature Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture. Collectively they’re integral to the college fulfilling its research mission. “Behind the Research” explores their roles. Each academic year, we profile six individuals or teams whose work supports the College of…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Kortany Baker

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

KORTANY BAKER “My dream job would be at the CDC, working on the most deadly pathogens. But a big part of me wants to go into academia; I’ve had so many amazing, influential people in my life, I’d like to be that person for others.” — Kortany Baker, PhD student, Department of Biochemistry   THE…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Carmen Wickware

Monday, September 16th, 2019

CARMEN WICKWARE “A lot of professors or PIs are interested in the role the microbiomes play. We have a lot of collaborative efforts going on.” — Carmen Wickware, PhD student, Department of Animal Sciences   THE STUDENT Carmen Wickware came from Terre Haute to Purdue as an undergraduate open to any discipline that fit her…

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Travis Atkinson

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019

TRAVIS ATKINSON “Back home in Jamaica, electricity is expensive, so businesses can’t compete very well. With cleaner, cheaper and more efficient energy, the entire economy benefits.” — Travis Atkinson, PhD student, Agricultural Economics   THE STUDENT Travis Atkinson was the first person in his immediate family to earn a university degree. “The most important lesson…

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Aiming to improve nutrition with ‘Orange Corn,’ NutraMaize receives more than $1 million in funding

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019 University News Story

A project that began as part of an ongoing humanitarian effort to improve nutrition in low-income countries has received more than $1 million to adapt a more nutritious, naturally selected variety of corn to the United States.

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Autonomous robots enter fields to collect precise soil samples, help farmers improve yields, reduce environmental impact, save money

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 University News Story

Collecting precise soil samples is essential for farmers because a small amount of soil determines the amount of nutrients needed for acres of crops and can determine crop yields.

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Graduate Ag Research Spotlight: Hansel Mina

Monday, August 26th, 2019

HANSEL MINA “With time, I can help others — farmers, growers, people that handle the food, people that grow the food. That motivates me, that I will be part of the change.” — Hansel Mina, PhD student, Department of Food Science   THE STUDENT Growing up in Cali, Colombia, Hansel Mina noticed that despite his…

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Purdue leading $10 million effort to address global food safety

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019 University News Story

Purdue University is now home to a lab aimed at increasing awareness and developing environments for food safety around the world. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded nearly $10 million to Purdue to establish the firs…

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New research aims to optimize farmland use for crops, solar electricity production

Thursday, August 8th, 2019 University News Story

Purdue University professors are questioning what else fertile farmland can be used for with a new multidisciplinary project researching how to improve future sustainability by simultaneously utilizing crop fields for solar electricity production.

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Summer internships introduce Colombian students to research at Purdue

Tuesday, August 6th, 2019

Several of the seven students from Icesi University in Cali, Colombia, who completed 10-week research internships at Purdue this June and July are already making plans to return to West Lafayette. Icesi requires its seniors (fourth-year students) to complete a six-month internship before graduation. Alejandro Balcazar, who conducted research with Damon Lisch, associate professor of…

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DOE Career Award to help scientists use giraffe dung to make biofuels

Monday, August 5th, 2019 University News Story

People use enzymes to create fuels from plants, fungi to produce antimalarial drugs, and E. coli bacteria to generate life-saving insulin. These systems are attractive because they are sustainable and rely on renewable plant biomass, but they are still…

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Rainey appointed new director of Purdue Soybean Center

Monday, July 22nd, 2019 University News Story

Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of the College of Agriculture, has appointed Katy Martin Rainey as the new director of the Purdue University Soybean Center. Rainey, an associate professor of agronomy, specializes in soybean genetics and plant bre…

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Cooperative Extension, public outreach unite to increase funding for agricultural research and education

Monday, July 22nd, 2019 University News Story

Research and education drive the U.S. economy and its agricultural sector. The ability to turn discoveries and innovations into practical applications has been the hallmark of extension and public outreach in every state and U.S. territory.

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Purdue digital agriculture website offers insights and resources

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 University News Story

Purdue University’s College of Agriculture has launched its new digital agriculture website.

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Behind the Research: Patricia Jaynes

Monday, July 15th, 2019

About the feature Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture. Collectively they’re integral to the college fulfilling its research mission. “Behind the Research” explores their individual roles. Each academic year, we profile six people whose work supports the College of Agriculture’s…

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Behind the Research: Nathan Deppe

Friday, June 7th, 2019

About the feature Many people are involved in the remarkable range of programs, services and facilities that undergird research in the College of Agriculture. Collectively they’re integral to the college fulfilling its research mission. “Behind the Research” explores their individual roles. Each academic year, we profile six people whose work supports the College of Agriculture’s…

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