News Releases

Nutrien partners with the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

March 16th, 2023
Soybean leaves emerging from soil
AMES, Iowa — Nutrien has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Nutrien will have a representative serving on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which provides guidance on research...

Break a leg: Repurposing acting class methods to improve students’ presentation skills

March 2nd, 2023
Two professors providing feedback to a graduate student about her research presentation while seated around an arrangement of tables.
AMES, Iowa – Graduate students are often asked to present their research at conferences or in academic settings. The trick is taking sometimes very technical information unique to their discipline and presenting it in a way that is understandable...

Ag education professor honored for teaching efforts

March 1st, 2023
Scott Smalley, associate professor in Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, was named one of seven recipients of the Golden Owl Award on Feb. 27.   Smalley...

Scientists exploit genetic mutation to accelerate plant breeding process

February 16th, 2023
Bearded man in lab coat holding seedling in front of computer screen
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University researchers may have solved a long-standing challenge associated with accelerated development of pure genetic lines. Use of “doubled haploid” (DH) genetics has become one of the basic technologies underpinning...

Beaver dams: Beneficial for watersheds?

February 6th, 2023
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AMES, Iowa – A novel research project investigating beavers and the dams they build is exploring the influence of this industrious, little-known animal on water quality and hydrology (water movement) within Iowa watersheds. “Once plentiful,...

CALS students part of inaugural George Washington Carver Day

February 3rd, 2023
Danielle Douglas stands in the alcove of a balcony
What started as a conversation between two influential men in the summer of 2020 blossomed into an event that brought together approximately 550 people in celebration of an Iowa State University-educated, world-famous agriculturalist. The...

Woteki to discuss efforts to end hunger, reduce diet-related diseases during seminar

January 30th, 2023
Catherine Woteki wearing a black suit jacket with a tan shirt underneath
AMES, Iowa – Catherine Woteki, professor of food science and human nutrition at Iowa State University and ...

Iowa State researchers help lead multistate project for a more diverse Corn Belt

January 19th, 2023
Diverse Corn Belt Logo
AMES, Iowa – In Iowa, more than 24 million acres are devoted to crops. That represents about 68% of the state’s land area -- and more than 94% of that land is used to produce corn and soybeans, according to the latest National Agriculture...

Iowa State Professor and MacArthur Fellow establishes funds to support transdisciplinary research

December 22nd, 2022
AMES, Iowa – Lisa Schulte Moore, professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University and 2021 MacArthur Fellow, recently established two funds in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in honor of the many...

CALS announces seed grants to leverage existing and future research

December 16th, 2022
The Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station has announced seed-grant level funding for eight applications to advance research capacity in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Iowa State University.   “Many of our...

Iowa State University agronomist predicts the future through modeling

December 7th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa – Sotirios Archontoulis started out as a field crop researcher. “Every research project led to more questions,” he said. A mentor encouraged him to pursue modeling to find answers more quickly and cheaply. He took their advice and now...

Broiler research points to lasers as environmental enrichment devices

November 30th, 2022
Immature broiler chickens at feeder
AMES, Iowa — Motivating broiler chickens to move using specially designed lasers can boost animal welfare and improve meat quality. Research from Iowa State University shows periodically projecting randomly moving, dot-sized laser lights on the...

Iowa State University holds dedication ceremony for vehicle testing lab supported by Danfoss Power Solutions

November 21st, 2022
Line of people behind red ribbon with large farm vehicle in the background.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering hosted a dedication ceremony on Nov. 17, 2022, to celebrate the completion of a new research lab that is one of only a few facilities in...

Turkeys placed at Iowa State teaching, research farm

November 14th, 2022
A group of young turkeys
AMES, Iowa – A total of 1,800 poults (young turkeys) were placed inside the new Stanley L. Balloun Turkey Teaching...

Acker to reimagine food, ag sectors in Greece as Fulbright Specialist

November 4th, 2022
David Acker
AMES, Iowa – David Acker, associate dean for global engagement and director of the Center for Sustainable Rural Livelihoods in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, has...

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, friends to be honored with 2022 awards

October 31st, 2022
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Alumni, Friends Award Honorees
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Iowa State University Alumni Association will present awards to several CALS alumni and friends at the 91st annual Honors & Awards Ceremony on Nov. 4....

Plant scientist prepares emerging researchers for success in the lab and beyond

October 26th, 2022
Group of eight students in lab of Dior Kelley in front of landscape painting
AMES, Iowa – Mentoring young scientists is a career priority for Dior Kelley, assistant professor of genetics, development and cell biology at Iowa State University. “I always like to have...

New study led by Iowa State University mines blood cell data to improve swine health

October 18th, 2022
baby pigs
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University scientists are leading a new study to mine the intricate content of pigs’ blood cells to improve selection for disease resilience. “We’re looking for new, more effective ways to measure and predict different...

Inaugural recipient of Harl Opportunity Scholarship aspires to become biomedical researcher

October 13th, 2022
Elliana Fahey
AMES, Iowa – The broad range of research opportunities available to undergraduate students at Iowa State University is what drew Elliana Fahey to Ames. Fahey, a freshman in genetics from Belle Plaine, Minnesota, was selected earlier this year...

Iowa Soybean Research Center funds new research at Iowa State University

October 12th, 2022
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Soybean Research Center (ISRC) has awarded $300,000 in support of two soybean research projects at Iowa State University, reaching a $2 million milestone in soybean research funding by the center. The ISRC’s Industry...

Iowa State University consortium partners with industry to solve intractable waste problems

October 11th, 2022
AMES, Iowa — The Polymer and Food Protection Consortium at Iowa State University works with some of the largest companies in Iowa and around the world to help make their products safer and more...

Research helps develop remote sensing as tool to assess conservation implementation

October 6th, 2022
Map of Iowa shows estimated crop residue cover from 2011-2021 from remote sensing data.
AMES, Iowa — Being able to measure residue cover from satellite imagery is a long-term challenge that’s still a work in progress, but researchers are making headway. Improving remote sensing protocols for conservation tracking and planning has...

Major USDA grant supports pioneering agricultural genome to phenome collaboration led by Iowa State University

September 28th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced today it is awarding more than $1.8 million to support the work of the...

Stutsman named Emerging Iowa Leader by College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

September 27th, 2022
CALS Dean Daniel J. Robison standing next to Katie Stutsman
AMES, Iowa – Katie Stutsman, of West Des Moines, has been named the 2022 Emerging Iowa Leader Award honoree by Iowa State University’s...

Monarch Conservation Effort Report highlights Iowans' hard work

September 27th, 2022
Field with native plants growing, including milkweed .
AMES, Iowa -- Iowa has been steadily adding new habitat for monarch butterflies over the past couple of years. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium recently released its...