Research

Forest

Remote sensing gives new look at forest diversity

Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Generating comprehensive and accurate tree inventories is an important but laborious process. Purdue University scientist John Couture participated on a team that used aerial hyperspectral remote sensing platform to quickly identify trees in a diverse forest plantation, and to understand the role of tree diversity on forest productivity.

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Corn plants

Clean lab coats and muddy boots balance student’s research

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

“In every generation, there are new discoveries that shift the trajectory of the industry,” said Ayodeji “Ayo” Aderibigbe, a doctoral student in the Department of Animal Sciences. “That motivates me to work hard and be among a group of people who are dedicated to improving global food security. I want to be a problem solver, not just a solution announcer.”

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Prokopy in woods with NRES student

Professor’s path leads her to a new landscape

Thursday, October 22nd, 2020

Whether she was growing up in rural England, attending high school and college in Michigan and graduate school in North Carolina, or now living and working in West Lafayette, Linda Prokopy has always been keenly aware of the landscapes that surround her.

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Hydroponic plants

Fresh Produce

Vacca

Recently appointed ABE endowed chair knows what makes good research run

Monday, October 19th, 2020

As a machine systems engineering specialist, Andrea Vacca, professor of agricultural and biological engineering (ABE) and mechanical engineering, understands what makes a machine tick, including the apparatus of interdisciplinary research as well.

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PICS receives national award for exemplary community engagement

Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 University News Story

In recognition of its extraordinary community engagement initiatives, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) has named Purdue University and Purdue Improved Crop Storage (PICS) an exemplary designee.

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From farm to forest, Songlin Fei has built a career and better life

Tuesday, October 13th, 2020

Songlin Fei, winner of the 2020 Agricultural Research Award, has made his mark on the world’s forests through advanced remote sensing technologies.

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Purdue awarded $2.3 million NSF grant to improve cotton fiber engineering

Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 University News Story

The U.S. grows high-yielding types of cotton that have fibers that are thicker and shorter than their luxury pima cotton relative from Egypt. Improving the shape and mechanical properties of cotton cells would make this already $25 billion industry mor…

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Hardwood plantation

Purdue pursues industry hardwood partnerships through NSF-backed center

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

The Center for Advanced Forestry Systems (CAFS), a National Science Foundation-funded Industry/University Cooperative Research Center, of which Purdue’s Hardwood Tree Improvement and Regeneration Center is a founding member, develops partnerships with forest-related companies to help solve pressing needs in their industry.

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Richard Fox with computer

Behind the Research: Richard Fox

Monday, October 5th, 2020

Today Fox describes his current job responsibilities as “anything that needs done.” He consults with ASEC faculty and staff on technology-related issues, leads computer-related developments and activities in the department, and coordinates efforts with other university computing departments. “It’s a wide variety, basically whatever might pop up,” he says. “That’s developed over the years. There’s a lot of meeting with faculty and staff, making personal connections and earning their trust.”

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Tiffanna Ross in lab

Student embraces research opportunities in America, plant pathology

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Agriculture was supposed to be a quick detour for Tiffanna Ross. Just one semester while she waited for space to open in the University of Guyana’s undergraduate biology program.

“But I developed a liking for agriculture and it worked out for the best,” said Ross, now a doctoral student in the Department of Botany and Plant Pathology at Purdue.

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A century shared in the soybean field

Tuesday, September 29th, 2020

“Several years ago, I organized a soybean field day at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE),” recalled Marshall Martin, professor of agricultural economics, the senior associate director of agricultural research and graduate education and assistant dean in the College of Agriculture.

“There were funny-looking plants growing in one of the soybean plots that I didn’t recognize. It looked like some kind of weed or vine on the ground— something that you’d plant as a ground cover around the front of your house. The plants had small pods with only one or two flat, black seeds each. They were soybeans.”

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Top 10 Reasons Purdue ABE has been #1 for 10 Years

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2020

The U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges recently announced that Purdue’s Department of Agricultural Biological Engineering (ABE) is the top-ranked undergraduate department in its discipline for the 10th year in a row. Purdue’s graduate ABE program was ranked first by U.S. News and World Report in 2019 for the ninth time in 10 years.

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Seedlings

Center for Plant Biology boosts Purdue’s plant sciences profile

Monday, September 21st, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing many aspects of life on the Purdue campus to change. Faculty and graduate students are rising to the challenge, redesigning lab courses in creative and innovative ways.

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Purdue fluid power research engineer wins international honor

Thursday, September 17th, 2020 University News Story

Andrea Vacca, professor of agricultural and biological engineering (ABE) and mechanical engineering, has received the 2019 Joseph Bramah Medal, conferred virtually during the Bath/ASME Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control.

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Purdue graduate student, Laura Leavens in Sengal

Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Processing and Post-Harvest Handling at Purdue University

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

Led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Feed the Future is the U.S. Government’s initiative to end global hunger and enhance food security. More than 20 Feed the Future Innovation Labs are paired with experts from leading U.S. universities to help address grand challenges in agriculture and food security. Researchers at Purdue University power the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Processing and Post-Harvest Handling (FPIL). FPIL seeks to reduce post-harvest loss, promote economic growth, improve nutrition, and enhance food security in Feed the Future target countries.

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Emma Lendy

As pandemic persists, student’s research holds new importance

Wednesday, September 16th, 2020

As a sixth-grader, Emma Lendy was the only girl in her class to choose the category, How Things Work, for her science project. In helping her build a telegraph, Lendy said her father, a mechanical engineer, “fostered my interest in delving into why things work, not just taking them for granted.”

Lendy’s inquisitiveness and Purdue’s reputation drew her to the university. While an undergraduate student, Lendy worked in the lab of Barbara Golden, a professor of biochemistry.

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Purdue team receives $2 million NSF grant to create global network

Monday, September 14th, 2020 University News Story

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) describe a global resolve to transform the world across 17 related economic, social, and environment thematic areas. However, the challenge is the inevitable set of conflicts and tradeoffs among t…

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