Research

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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Biochemist selected for Purdue’s 2018 Herbert Newby McCoy Award

Monday, May 14th, 2018 University News Story

Natalia Dudareva, Distinguished Professor of Biochemistry and a professor of horticulture and landscape architecture in the College of Agriculture, has been chosen as the 2018 Herbert Newby McCoy Award recipient. One of Purdue University’s top three research honors, the McCoy Award is given for outstanding work in the natural sciences.

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Method for identifying key regulator genes may speed improvements in fertilizer use and other efficiencies

Monday, May 14th, 2018 University News Story

When a plant is introduced to an abundant patch of water or fertilizer, a cascade of genetic and molecular actions lead to beneficial physiological responses such as root development and increased biomass. Identifying the genes involved in the early mo…

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Evolutionary tree on root foraging precision wins postdoc symposium prize

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

An innovative look at root foraging precision earned postdoctoral researcher Mina Rostamza first place for her poster presentation in the Life Sciences Postdoc Mini-Symposium April 6. Rostamza works in Assistant Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology Gordon McNickle’s lab. Her presentation focused how root systems of different species vary in their ability to detect concentrations…

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Beauty and power beneath the surface

Thursday, May 10th, 2018

A tree-shaped curio sits atop a bookshelf in Anjali Iyer-Pascuzzi’s office. It looks ominous, but turn the tree upside down and its bare branches transform into a beautiful, intricate root system replica. Perhaps this curio symbolizes a larger issue in plant science research — the vast untapped potential of roots. “Roots are important to agriculture,…

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Climate Change Impacts Assessment set to release forest, urban green space reports in Bloomington

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018 University News Story

Over the next century, rising temperatures and changing precipitation patterns could dramatically alter Indiana’s forests and urban greenspaces, according to two new reports from the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment based at Purdue University.

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Analysis: Most microplastic harm done at lowest levels of food web

Monday, April 30th, 2018 University News Story

Purdue University scientists led a comprehensive analysis of research concerning the effects of microplastics on aquatic life, with the results showing widely different impacts among different types of animals. Strong negative effects were particularly…

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