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Purdue Gets $5M Global Warming Crop-Research Grant

posted on July 1, 2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) - Purdue University scientists have won a $5 million federal grant to help corn and soybean farmers adapt to the various climate change scenarios global warming is forecast to bring in the coming decades.

The five-year project funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture will enlist researchers at the Purdue Climate Change Research Center.

Associate professor of forestry and natural resources Linda Prokopy said the team will initially focus on developing models to predict how different climate scenarios would affect corn and soybean growth and profits in 12 states stretching from the Dakotas to Ohio.

She said the second phase will focus on how best to deliver that information to crop producers in a form "that's useful" to them.

Purdue researchers will collaborate with scientists at nine other schools.


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