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Research suggests flood-tolerant crops a better choice for farmed potholes in modeled weather scenarios

September 16th, 2021
Woman standing in water between two field with corn dying out on one side and miscanthus growing tall on her other side.
AMES, Iowa - Farmers who want to increase the productivity and economic performance of their farmed potholes should consider more flood-tolerant crops, such as miscanthus.    Recent research by Iowa State University scientists found expected...

The root of the matter: National Science Foundation supports plant development research, learning opportunities

September 15th, 2021
Two women, one wearing red and one wearing white, in a lab wearing masks.
AMES, Iowa - With support from a new National Science Foundation grant, two Iowa State University researchers are exploring fundamental, yet-unanswered questions about how hormones regulate cell wall properties during plant development. In the...

Cornelius to present Deal Lecture at Iowa State September 28

September 14th, 2021
Chris Cornelius
AMES, Iowa – Chris Cornelius, co-owner of Cornelius Seed located near Bellevue, Iowa, will present the 2021 William K. Deal Leadership Lecture Sept....

Distinguished Professor of animal science recognized by Sigma Xi for research, service

September 7th, 2021
AMES, Iowa - Donald Beitz, Distinguished Professor of animal science and biochemistry, was recently named a Fellow of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, an international honor society for research scientists and engineers. This award...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Announces Funding for New Water Quality Projects for 2021-22

September 1st, 2021
INRC logo
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University announces funding of over $1.4 million to support 11 new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2021-2022. “These projects represent new areas of research, as...

Grants awarded for multidisciplinary research in Agricultural Genome-to-Phenome arena

August 31st, 2021
Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative
AMES, Iowa – The Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative has awarded seven grants to institutions across the country for projects that help advance crop and livestock genetics research. “Projects such as this will help advance the field of...

Unexpected discoveries: Iowa State students, alum surprised to find endangered bee species in Ames

August 26th, 2021
Colton Poore and Erika Ibarra-Garibay standing next to each other in front of a tree, holding nets used to capture bees
AMES, Iowa – For the first time in three years, an endangered bee species is creating a buzz in central Iowa. In April, ecology, evolution and organismal biology graduate students Erika Ibarra-Garibay and Colton Poore were practicing catching...

Study helps quantify importance of eroding streambanks to Iowa’s nutrient reduction efforts

August 23rd, 2021
Man in red jacket standing on top of severely eroded streambank.
AMES, Iowa — Eroding streambanks contribute a third or more of the phosphorus export from the state, according to estimates from ground-breaking research that could influence future priorities for nutrient reduction efforts in Iowa and beyond....

Iowa Soybean Research Center to Host SoyFest

August 18th, 2021
Soyfest banner shows different types of uses for soybeans
AMES, Iowa — Two new events in honor of August as Soybean Month in Iowa will be held at Iowa State University next week, hosted by the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State. The center’s inaugural SoyFest will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 25...

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences names Carolyn Lawrence-Dill associate dean for research and discovery

August 10th, 2021
Headshot of Carolyn Lawrence-Dill
AMES, Iowa - Carolyn Lawrence-Dill has been named associate dean for research and discovery for Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective Aug. 16, 2021. Lawrence-Dill has been a faculty member at Iowa State since...

UPL Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

August 10th, 2021
Soybeans growing in field.
AMES, Iowa — UPL has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, UPL provides financial support to the center and will have a representative serving on the ISRC’s industry advisory council...

Iowa State scientist in line to lead American Society for Nutrition

August 5th, 2021
Headshot of Professor Kevin Schalinske in a navy polo-type shirt.
AMES, Iowa  –  Iowa State University Professor Kevin Schalinske, in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, was recently named the American Society for Nutrition’s vice president-elect. The position is the first year in ASN’s...

Iowa State University receives grant to strengthen poultry immune responses to pathogens in their environment

July 29th, 2021
Chicks at feeder.
AMES, Iowa – A new $500,000 award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will support an Iowa State University study on the immune system and intestinal microbiome of broiler chickens with a goal of...

Monarch butterfly research publication receives prestigious award

July 28th, 2021
Headshot of Niranjana Krishnan.
AMES, Iowa – A research publication by a recent Iowa State University graduate in toxicology has won recognition as the best article of 2020 in the journal “Environmental...

Iowa State researchers find obesity impacts reproductive health, increases sensitivity to chemical exposures

July 12th, 2021
Woman in lab coat next to microscope.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University scientists are finding evidence that obesity alters mammals’ reproductive systems in a variety of ways, including undermining natural abilities to resist and recover from exposures to chemical toxins. “It has...

‘Genome to Phenome’ Research Community Wins Grant for Next Phase

June 21st, 2021
AMES, Iowa – A new federal grant will expand the impact of a project creating a shared vision across research communities for crops, livestock and data engineering, known as the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI). The $960,000...

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences names Ruth MacDonald associate dean for personnel and finance

June 18th, 2021
Ruth MacDonald
Ruth MacDonald has been named associate dean for personnel and finance for Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective July 1. MacDonald currently serves as professor and chair of the Department of Food Science...

New ‘Marsh Madness’ trailer will deliver sights, sounds and science of wetlands to audiences across Iowa

June 7th, 2021
Man speaking into microphone in front of wetland education trailer.
AMES, Iowa – A new trailer named “Marsh Madness” combines sight, sound and science to engage Iowa audiences about the values of the state’s wetland ecosystems. The artfully designed trailer is the latest addition to a fleet of four Conservation...

Innovative technologies track cattle feed intake and manure application to support studies at Iowa State research farms

May 25th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – Two new pieces of precision farm equipment on Iowa State University research farms are enhancing efficiency and accuracy for research trials, putting innovation to work for farms in the future.  Smart feeder monitors cattle feed...

Dinsmore named department chair for natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University

May 17th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – Stephen J. Dinsmore has been named chair of the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University. Dinsmore will begin a five-year term as chair effective...

New research predicts benefits to monarchs from habitat planted near crop fields

May 17th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – New research on monarchs by Iowa State University scientists offers important insights to those trying to boost populations by planting habitat close to corn and soybean fields.   The research indicates maximum increases in Iowa...

Webinar previews new video series showcasing Iowa wetlands

May 3rd, 2021
AMES, Iowa – “Profiles in the Wonders of Iowa’s Wetlands” will feature 12 in-depth educational videos highlighting the diversity and benefits of wetland ecosystems throughout the state. The videos are being developed by...

Gamma Sigma Delta recognizes annual award winners and new members

April 27th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture, has announced the recipients of annual awards presented to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences faculty, students and alumni. This...

Skyler Rinker named holder of the James and Clare Frevert Ag450 Program Professorship

April 21st, 2021
Skyler Rinker
AMES, Iowa – Skyler Rinker, an assistant teaching professor in the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural Education and Studies, has been named the James and Clare Frevert Ag450 Program Professor. The professorship recognizes and...

More than $2 million in private gifts go to Iowa State University's new turkey teaching and research facility

April 12th, 2021
Individuals throwing shovels-full of dirt during groundbreaking ceremony
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Department of Animal Science has received commitments of more than $2 million in private donations for Iowa State University’s new Turkey Teaching and Research Facility. A groundbreaking was held on April...