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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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Corn zein offers alternative for meat analogues

September 9, 2021

Bruce Hamaker, director of the Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research and distinguished professor of food science, has discovered a means for replicating animal protein textures to near perfection—with corn zein—a protein in corn. As meat analogues become increasingly popular, companies are looking for healthier and more sustainable ways to improve their products. That is where corn zein could be used, Hamaker said. The protein mimics ingredients like wheat gluten and some manmade products that provide viscoelasticity, an important textural component to any meat substitute. Viscoelastic refers to a material that simultaneous exhibits fluid and solid properties – think silly putty.

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Glenn Hardebeck

Behind the Research: Glenn Hardebeck

September 7, 2021

Glenn Hardebeck learned to play golf from his grandfather but recalls being more interested in driving the golf cart than hitting the ball. At 15, he started a part-time job working on the course at Benton County Country Club. “I didn’t realize there were bigger and better things than the little nine-hole golf course I worked on for five summers,” he says.

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Blaise in lab

Student’s applied mycology research benefits farmers and consumers

September 2, 2021

“Being in the heart of the Congo Basin, I came to understand forestry’s importance to us as a country and was curious to do studies in that area,” shared Blaise Jumbam, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology.

Jumbam had long been interested in biology, but family members in his hometown of Bamenda, Cameroon urged him to pursue banking. Jumbam gave finance a try, studying at the University of Dschang, but switched to botany at the University of Buea.

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Purdue researcher develops fast, accurate and affordable COVID-19 paper-based test; clinical trials await

August 30, 2021

When the COVID-19 pandemic began and the technologies necessary to combat it came into focus, testing was immediately identified as being top on the list.

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Invisible, devastating and sustaining: Research explores mysterious microfungi

August 30, 2021

The world around you is teeming with life you can’t see. Plants, soil, water, insects – even your hair and skin – are home to microfungi, and they both sustain and devastate life on our planet.

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Purdue fund expands scope to accept applications from startups in all agricultural disciplines

August 18, 2021

Entrepreneurs whose startups commercialize Purdue technology in any agricultural field are now eligible to apply for a Purdue fund’s semiannual competition.

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The College of Agriculture welcomes seven new faculty members this fall

August 12, 2021
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Boram smiling in lab

Student’s research aims to overcome antibiotic resistance

August 6, 2021

“My research keeps me awake at night,” said Trevor Boram. “But in a good way.”

Boram, a Ph.D. candidate in biochemistry, began his collegiate career at Indiana University East. There, a faculty mentor who completed a postdoc at Purdue encouraged Boram to apply to graduate school in West Lafayette.

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Hamilton in lab

Behind the Research: Matthew Hamilton

July 6, 2021

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 global reputation for developing innovative, multidisciplinary solutions to challenges and then putting those solutions into action.

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Food science researchers advance science behind gut health and prebiotics

July 6, 2021

When it comes to improving human gut health, approaches and the success of these approaches are based largely on an individual’s gut ecosystem: the bacteria present, its diversity and other factors. Therefore, trying to improve gut health through appli…

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Student’s research explores maritime shipping of agricultural commodities

July 1, 2021

When a ship ran aground and blocked the Suez Canal for six days in March, stranding more than 400 ships at one of the world’s busiest waterways, Manuel Jimenez stayed attuned to its impact.

Jimenez’s research at Purdue focuses on maritime shipping and international trade. The topics reflect his upbringing in Bogotá, Colombia, where his father operated a firm that exported flowers to the United States.

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COVID’s next casualty could be your cup of coffee

June 28, 2021

Starting in the 2011-12 growing season, a powdery orange fungus called coffee leaf rust spread like wildfire throughout Latin America and Central America, damaging crops on 70% of farms and causing more than $3.2 billion in damage. The epidemic stemmed…

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Purdue plant biologists solve major cell puzzle on path to leaf engineering

June 14, 2021

Leaves are the primary plant organs responsible for photosynthesis. Their size, shape and angles — all affected by cell patterning and growth — can also expose more of their surface to the sun, increasing energy stores and grain production in crops. E…

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Anbuhkani “Connie” Muniandy

Student’s research reduces food waste by improving use-by dates

June 3, 2021

Anbuhkani “Connie” Muniandy’s curiosity about food developed in her family’s kitchen in her small hometown of Simpang Renggam, Malaysia. While helping her mother prepare meals, she began to wonder why specific ingredient combinations had different outcomes.

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Discovery of new type of stem cells leads to $2.3 million grant

June 3, 2021

When muscle is damaged, resident stem cells mediate the repair of the injured tissue. At the same time, circulating immune cells race to the site to aid the repair. The presence of these infiltrating immune cells at injury sites raises questions about …

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Naming rules tie hands of fungal researchers. Purdue scientist leads call for change

June 1, 2021
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Purdue researcher working to harness power of sea slugs

May 17, 2021
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Cheng receives award from Dean Plaut

Unifying senior receives Leadership in Action Award

May 12, 2021

“I started my journey as a nervous high school kid on the other side of the world,” said Johnnie “Junior” Cheng, recalling the first time he e-mailed a Purdue student ambassador. “I remember being scared, thinking this older college student must be the real deal.”

Cheng was considering animal sciences programs in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia. All were far from his home in Taipei, Taiwan.

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Behind the Research: Mike Woodard

May 10, 2021

If Mike Woodard walks into a greenhouse space and finds a researcher mixing fertilizer one batch at a time in a watering can, he will likely mention the availability of a fertilizer injector. Or if he sees someone watering by hand, he’ll offer information about an automated irrigation system.

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