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Phone: (765) ***-****  
Email: r***@***.edu
Local Address:  Lafayette , Indiana , United States
Purdue University
615 W. State Stree
West Lafayette , Indiana 47907
United States

Company Description: Purdue's College of Engineering is made up of 12 academic programs: aeronautics and astronautics, agricultural and biological, biomedical, chemical, civil,...   more

Employment History

  • Professor Environmental Microbiology
    Purdue University
  • Professor of Agronomy
    Purdue University
  • Project Manager
  • Director
    Water Center
  • Soil Microbiologist and Director
    Purdue Environmental Sciences and Engineering Institute
  • Agronomy Professor and Director
    Purdue Environmental Sciences and Engineering Institute

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ph. D. , Soil Microbiology
    Washington State University
  • B.S. degrees , Bacteriology and Soil Science
    University of Idaho
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Web References
Purdue professor of agronomy ..., 8 Dec 2014 [cached]
Purdue professor of agronomy Ron Turco, a conference organizer, says Indiana has some contamination issues and some supply issues. He says planning is lacking.
IWRRC: Indiana Water Resources Research Center, 6 Jan 2015 [cached]
Ronald Turco, Ph.D. Director E-mail: (v)765.494.8077 (f)765.496.2926
Conferences MST, 9 July 2013 [cached]
Ronald F. Turco
Ronald F. Turco, Jr. earned two B.S. degrees from the University of Idaho; the first is in Soil Science (1979) and his second is in Microbiology (1980). He received his Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology from Washington State University in 1985. Dr. Turco joined the faculty of Purdue University in 1985 and is currently a Professor in the College of Agriculture. Dr. Turco is the Director of the Environmental Pathogens Information Network ( and the Director of the Indiana Water Resource Research Center (
Dr. Turco works with a number of research programs across the Purdue Campus and the country. He collaborates with faculty in Purdue's Colleges of Engineering and Science as well as working with the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and the Center for the Environment. Dr. Turco's research program is divided into three major areas of investigation: The Environmental Fate of Pathogens, The Environmental Fate of Organic Chemicals and the use of Biological Processes to Produce Fuel. Currently work in his laboratory is addressing the role of dissolved organic carbon in surface water in supporting the survival of E. coli and the potential of waterborne E. coli and Salmonella to colonize and survive on vegetable surfaces. Dr. Turco used his interest in pathogens to underpin the formation of a major resource on the impact of pathogens in the environment. Other work involves the environmental impact of fullerenes (C60) and signal wall carbon nanotubes (SWNT) on soil processes; this work is also addressing the environmental fate of more traditional organic chemicals such as pesticides. Dr. Turco's has recently initiated a project looking at the potential to use food and agricultural waste to produce CH4 and possibly methanol. As the Water Center Director, Dr. Turco is also working on a project to address the revitalization of the Wabash River corridor by proving expertise that will help minimize the occurrence of pathogenic bacteria. Dr. Turco teaches classes on Soil Ecology, Soil Microbiology and The Environmental Fates of Organics.
Over the 20 years he has been at Purdue University, Dr. Turco has been collaborator or lead PI on projects that have resulted in some $8 million dollars in competitive grant funds. Most recently he has been the lead PI on nanomaterials projects supported by NSF and EPA, EPI-net and a food safety effort supported by USDA and new USDA-CEAP project addressing water issues in Eagle Creek Reservoir near Indianapolis. He has served on numerous review panels for federal and private funding agencies.
Ronald F. Turco, Jr. Professor, Laboratory for Soil Microbiology College of Agriculture Purdue University 915 W. State Street West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765)494-8077 Fax: (765) 496-2926
Contact, 9 July 2013 [cached]
Dr. Ronald F. Turco Project Manager (EPI-NET)
915 West State St.
“This system has allowed us to ..., 23 Feb 2011 [cached]
“This system has allowed us to integrate golf aesthetics with the protection of natural wetland systems,” said Ron Turco, soil microbiologist and director of the Purdue Environmental Sciences and Engineering Institute. “Although we knew that both wetlands and golf courses can improve the quality of runoff water, studying how they work together will help us incorporate constructed wetlands into existing settings and to optimize their use.”
Design of the wetlands is important in maintaining plant life and microbes that remove chemicals from the water, Turco said.
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