Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

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A years-long Purdue University experiment is testing whether ginseng can be cultivated by Indiana farmers.

Ginseng, commonly used as an herbal remedy, grows wild in most of Indiana. The Purdue Department of Forestry is trying to grow the plant in what’s called a “simulated wild grow.”

Purdue Extension Forester Lenny Farlee says ginseng has been over-harvested in the past, so the department aims to add to the ginseng supply and help cultivate native growing.

A Purdue researcher says Asian carp are going where experts thought the fish would not. Specifically, Forestry and Natural Resources Assistant Professor Reuben Goforth says the species are showing greater flexibility in the location and conditions under which they can spawn.

He says what’s not known is if they already have the ability to adapt, or if the fish is evolving in U.S. waters.

“In terms of their evolution, it’s certainly not unheard of for a species to be able to undergo in some level of microevolution to become adapted to new environments relatively quickly.”

"Useful to Useable" effort making progress

Feb 4, 2013

Researchers at Purdue and nine other universities are seeing progress in their effort to help farmers deal with changes to climate.

The first phase of developing models for different scenarios and surveying farmers and those who provide them services is complete. The team is now trying to figure out the best way to convey the information to producers.

Dr. Linda Prokopy, associate professor in Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, is involved with the program and heading up the effort on the West Lafayette campus.