WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Purdue is investing more than $20 million in plant sciences research and education. Plant science is one of 10 initiatives Purdue President Mitch Daniels outlined on Monday.
Daniels and a panel of researchers discussed the Plant Science and research funding initiatives during a Presidential Forum on Thursday morning.
“Solving problems like world hunger and killer diseases is a pretty noble mission, and if you can’t get inspired about that and be proud to be associated with Purdue for what it can do in those areas, I don’t know what would move you,” Daniels said.
The College of Agriculture will use the $20 million infusion of money to add 10 new faculty positions, build new facilities, remodel existing facilities, and support programs for research and student recruitment and education.
Agriculture dean Jay Akridge said the investment will dramatically expand Purdue’s capabilities in plant sciences and help the university to move discoveries from the lab to commercialization and to the farm.
Professor Gebisa Ejeta said the goal is to feed the world’s population sustainably. Ejeta was awarded the 2009 World Food Prize. He said the world’s population is expected to increase from about 7 billion today to 9 billion by 2050.
“With this investment, Purdue University is making a commitment to the future of agriculture in Indiana and beyond and showing the collective resolve that we all share at this institution to remain among the very top tier of leading universities in the world," said Ejeta.
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