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Unit History

The NPURU began its work in Oxford, MS at the National Center for Natural Products Research (NCNPR) in October of 1996.  The NCNPR is located on the campus of the University of Mississippi, between the chemistry and pharmacy buildings.  The research unit is physically located in the NCNPR, along with University of Mississippi and Research Institute for Pharmaceutical Sciences scientists whose primary mission is discovery of natural products for pharmaceutical uses.  The NPURU is under the Mid-South Area Office of ARS, located in Stoneville, MS.

The National Cneter for the Development of Natural Products on the campus of the University of Mississippi


Current News:



The new USDA-ARS-NPURU greenhouse is completed and fully functioning.

USDA NPURU greenhouse



Dr Wedge strawberry cropcorn crop

crops ready for tracksprayerstrawberries

HibiscusGreenhouse headhouse with tracksprayer


Stephen Duke, Ph.D. was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by the University of the Basque Country (EHU) in Bilbao, Spain on Nov. 26, 2008.  The award was given to recognize him for his international contributions to plant and agricultural sciences and for his long standing interactions with EHU.  EHU is a major university in Spain with approximately 35,000 students. 

Duke received honorary doctorate

Dr. Duke is shown with Prof. Jose Becerril.


MSA Senior Research Scientist:

Dr. Agnes Rimando was awarded the 2009 Mid South Area Senior Research Scientist of the Year.

Citation: "For research on stilbenes that has postively impacted the blueberry industry and has provided the basis for using these compounds to benefit human health."

Dr. Agnes Rimando



ARS News Articles

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Sep 17, 2014
Ramping Up Pterostilbene in Crops
Nov 25, 2013
Studies Confirm Breadfruit's Ability to Repel Insects
Nov 15, 2013
USDA's Agricultural Research Service Announces Scientist of the Year and Other Awards
Jun 11, 2013
Scientists Identify Insect-repelling Compounds in Jatropha
Nov 05, 2012
Using a Universal Pathway to Whack at Weeds
Aug 16, 2012
Tapping into Sorghum's Weed Fighting Capabilities to Give Growers More Options
Jun 15, 2010
Berry Compound Reduces Aging Effect
Dec 11, 2008
Boosting Basil in Mississippi
Apr 22, 2008
New Prospects for an All-Around Spice
Feb 20, 2008
Blueberry Skins Eyed as Cholesterol Busters
Mar 26, 2007
Old-Time Mosquito Remedy May Work Against Ticks, Too
Jan 26, 2007
A Granddad's Advice May Help Thwart Mosquitoes
Jan 31, 2006
Hydrilla's Resistance to Herbicide Gives Scientists a New Challenge
Nov 01, 2005
Exploring Sorghum's Knack for Keeping Weeds Away
May 09, 2005
Medicinal Compound Gets New Life as Fungicide
Feb 23, 2005
Cataloguing Natural Pesticides' Modes of Action
Nov 17, 2004