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Building from the ground up: Construction of new feed mill tower complete

October 21st, 2021
Construction crews work on building the cement feed tower at the Kent Corporation Feed Mill and Grain Science Complex site at Iowa State University
AMES, Iowa – The large concrete structure that quite literally rose out of the ground near the intersection of Highway 30 and State Avenue Ames’s west side generated quite a buzz in conversations and on social media earlier this fall. To answer...

New study calls for mitigation, monitoring of common grease-proofing food packaging chemicals

October 19th, 2021
Keith Vorst sitting on a stool in a laboratory.
AMES, Iowa – Chemicals used to “grease proof” everything from food packaging to carpets have built up in the environment for decades and contaminate ecosystems across the globe, and a new study is calling for a better understanding of the risks...

Iowa Soybean Research Center funds four Iowa State research projects

October 13th, 2021
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AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Soybean Research Center recently awarded funding for four soybean research projects at Iowa State University, the largest level of funding invested in a single year by the ISRC since its inception in 2014. The center’s...

Mutual interests in agricultural collaboration focus of U.S. – China policy paper by Iowa State University economist

October 12th, 2021
Wendong Zhang and former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in front of PPT projection
AMES, Iowa — The relationship between the United States and China may be at its lowest point in recent history, but both countries continue to need each other to achieve strategic goals in agriculture, food production and food security. This...

Innvictis/Simplot partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

October 11th, 2021
Soybeans ready to harvest backlit by morning light
AMES, Iowa — Innvictis Seed Solutions distributed by Simplot Grower Solutions has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Innvictis/Simplot provides financial support to the center and...

New research studying economics of water quality on lake recreation focuses on rural, lower-income Iowans

September 30th, 2021
Two children holding fish with lake backdrop
AMES, Iowa — A new study underway by economists at Iowa State University aims to better understand nutrient impacts through the lens of local recreation and tourism, with a focus on assessing the economic impacts of water quality improvement on...

Boury receives national microbiology teaching award

September 29th, 2021
Nancy Boury standing in classroom with backdrop of chairs and chalkboard
AMES, Iowa - The American Society for Microbiology, or ASM, recently presented Nancy Boury with its 2022 Carski Award for Undergraduate Education. This award is a part of the organization’s 2022 Awards and Prize Program and recognizes leading...

Distillers Grains Technology Council to host October research symposium in Louisville

September 29th, 2021
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AMES, Iowa — The Distillers Grains Technology Council, administered at Iowa State University, will cover the latest research for industries that produce and use distillers grains at its 25th annual symposium, Oct. 25-26, 2021, in Louisville,...

Iowa State's Schulte Moore named 2021 MacArthur Fellow

September 28th, 2021
Lisa Schulte Moore, professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University, standing with her arms crossed in a grassy field.
AMES, Iowa – Lisa Schulte Moore, a professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University, has been named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow. The prestigious awards, sometimes called “genius...

Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day set for Oct. 12, followed by virtual option Oct. 19

September 27th, 2021
Large gathering of people interacting with each other at various booths during the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Career Day.
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is excited to resume its annual, on-campus career day on Oct. 12. The in-person event is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lied Recreation Center, 518 Beach Road...

Iowa State University professor appointed to President’s Science and Technology Advisors

September 22nd, 2021
Cathie Woteki
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University professor has been appointed to a White House advisory group on science and technology. Catherine Woteki, a professor of...

Iowa State University, USDA research article named best paper of 2021 by Journal of Environmental Quality

September 21st, 2021
AMES, Iowa — A research article by Iowa State University and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists has received the 2021 Best Paper Award from the “Journal of Environmental Quality.”...

Iowa State University and University of Hawai’i researchers receive collaborative award to improve maize genetic diversity

September 20th, 2021
AMES, Iowa - Improved, practical crop breeding tools are essential to meet the increasing global demands for sustainable food production, made more urgent by the unpredictable stresses driven by a changing climate. To help meet this need, the...

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...