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REQUEST FOR APPLICATIONS: Grand Challenges in Neuroscience

August 13, 2019

The Purdue Institute for Integrative Neuroscience will award up to a total of $1,000,000 to six to 10 project teams for a one-year project period. Additional funding may be available upon completion of agreed upon milestones. Purdue faculty members are eligible to apply.

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

August 12, 2019

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 using crop fields for solar electricity production.

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

Purdue receives funding to investigate how electronic excitations interfere

August 8, 2019

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — On the frontier of quantum computing, scientists are exploring how electronic excitations – collective behavior of many electrons acting in concert– behave differently in comparison to ordinary electrons. In certain regimes of ultra-low temperature and high magnetic field, electronic excitations in a two-dimensional plane act as if they carry on a fraction of the ordinary electron charge and obey unusual properties when any two particles are exchanged. Some of these properties may be useful for quantum information processing.

Purdue receives funding to investigate how electronic excitations interfere

Data: Indiana farmers markets as affordable as grocery stores

August 8, 2019

Purdue’s Ariana Torres and her graduate student, Orlando Rodriguez, gathered price data on common produce items found at Indiana farmers markets and grocery stores since 2017. They found that prices at a farmers market are often comparable with those at the grocery store.

Data: Indiana farmers markets as affordable as grocery stores

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

August 8, 2019

A tractor plants corn seed in early June around solar photovoltaic panels in a field north of the Agronomy Center for Research and Education. The panels are part of the Sustainable Food, Energy and Water Systems (SFEWS) research project intended to examine how to produce electricity without inhibiting crop yield.

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

This designer clothing lets users turn on electronics while turning away bacteria

August 8, 2019

New rainproof, stainproof technology turns clothing into self-powered remotes

This designer clothing lets users turn on electronics while turning away bacteria

Technology soars in advancing critical communication, safety for pilots, passengers

August 7, 2019

A technology called “Plane English,” created by two Purdue University alumni aims to help new pilots master radio communication skills and better interact with air traffic controllers.

Technology soars in advancing critical communication, safety for pilots, passengers

Plant cell packs: a scalable platform for recombinant protein production and metabolic engineering

August 7, 2019

Industrial plant biotechnology applications include the production of sustainable fuels, complex metabolites and recombinant proteins, but process development can be impaired by a lack of reliable and scalable screening methods. Here, we describe a rapid and versatile expression system which involves the infusion of Agrobacterium tumefaciens into three?dimensional, porous plant cell aggregates deprived of cultivation medium, which we have termed plant cell packs (PCPs). This approach is compatible with different plant species such as Nicotiana tabacum BY2, Nicotiana benthamiana or Daucus carota and 10?times more effective than transient expression in liquid plant cell culture. We found that the expression of several proteins was similar in PCPs and intact plants, for example, 47 and 55 mg/kg for antibody 2G12 expressed in BY2 PCPs and N. tabacum plants respectively.

Plant cell packs: a scalable platform for recombinant protein production and metabolic engineering

GRABIT Challenge Award Recipients Announced

August 7, 2019

Center for Produce Safety (CPS) has awarded three groundbreaking solutions-directed concepts to develop tools that can help growers identify and evaluate food safety risks posed by proximity to domesticated animal agriculture in the real world, in real time. CPS awarded a total of $135,000 in innovation challenge awards to three teams of scientists. The center’s inaugural challenge called for “Growers’ Risk Assessment Biomarker Investigative Tools” (GRABIT) to help growers identify and evaluate pre-harvest risks posed by potential transfer of contamination biomarkers, focused primarily on airborne transport, from animal feeding operations. Receiving their GRABIT grant awards at CPS’s 2019 Research Symposium in Austin, Texas from board chair Dave Corsi and technical committee chair Drew McDonald were (pictured left to right): Dr. Mohit Verma, Purdue University – $30,000 award; Jim Byron, Nano Reagents, LLC – $75,000 award, and Luxin Wang, University of California, Davis – $30,000 award.

GRABIT Challenge Award Recipients Announced

Joining the jet set: Jet ignition technology could boost efficiency and lower emissions of combustion engines

August 6, 2019

Purdue University researchers are working on methods to use jet ignition technology to replace conventional spark plugs and help power personal cars and other automobiles.

Joining the jet set: Jet ignition technology could boost efficiency and lower emissions of combustion engines

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