News Releases

Leopold Center Director Calls for New Ag Research Approach

June 3rd, 2003
AMES, Iowa — New technologies that raise yields or rid crops of pests cannot overcome the complex challenges facing agriculture in the 21st century, said the director of Iowa State University's Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture....

Iowa State Scientists Predict Soybean Yields, Content from Satellite Imaging

May 30th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers are using aerial and satellite views of soybean fields to predict the yields, and other crop conditions. Plant pathologist Forrest Nutter leads a research team that is developing predictions of...

Top Researchers from Around the World Will Attend Plant Sciences Institute Symposium

May 30th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — The Plant Sciences Institute's fifth annual symposium at Iowa State University, June 5-8, will bring together many of the world's leading researchers on plant transposable element research—a science that has made a major...

Busy Season Under Way for ISU Student-run Organic Farm

May 29th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — While most college students have closed their textbooks and cleared out their residence hall rooms, one group of Iowa State University college students is gearing up for their busiest time of year. The 15 students who operate the...

Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine and Natural Resources News

May 27th, 2003
ISU RESEARCHER TESTS SATELLITES TO MONITOR CORN POLLINATION Mark Westgate, an Iowa State University associate professor of agronomy, is trying to determine whether satellite images can be used to document when corn tassels emerge in a...

Tollefson Gets Fulbright Grant to Study Croatia's Rootworm Problem

May 23rd, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Fighting corn rootworms is what Iowa State University entomology professor Jon Tollefson does, and now he's taking his talent to Croatia. Tollefson has received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant in Environmental Science to...

Iowa State Names New Animal Science Department Chair

May 22nd, 2003
AMES, Iowa — A native Iowan on the Michigan State University faculty has been named the chair of the Department of Animal Science in Iowa State University's College of Agriculture. Maynard Hogberg (pronounced HO-berg) will begin his new...

Iowa Study Shows Economics Impact of Iowa Egg Industry

May 19th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — The egg production and processing industry has a significant impact on Iowa's economy. If consumer demand for eggs increases and Iowa continues its commitment to grow the industry, expansion of Iowa's egg industry will...

Deadlines Near for Farmers to Become Part of Lawsuit Settlement

May 16th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Corn producers have until May 31 to file for a share of a $110 million settlement of a lawsuit against companies that produced and marketed StarLink(trademark) corn. Settlements already have been reached in lawsuits filed by...

Awards Presented by ISU Agriculture Honor Society

May 12th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Awards were presented recently to Iowa State University College of Agriculture faculty members and others by the Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta. Dennis Keenney received the...

Study Shows Food Labeling Will Benefit Consumers and Producers

May 12th, 2003
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — At a time of rising concern over food security, public demand is growing for information about where food originates. "There's nothing new about food imports, but there is a lot of interest by a lot of people...

ISU Researchers Seek Postmenopausal Women for Study on Soy Isoflavones and Bone Loss

May 2nd, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Scientists at Iowa State University are recruiting postmenopausal women for a three-year clinical trial to examine the effectiveness of isoflavones in preventing bone loss associated with menopause. Isoflavones are estrogen-like...

Student Team from California Wins ISU Space Center Food Competition

April 28th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — A student team from Chapman University in Orange, Calif., took home the top prize for their bite-sized pizza snack in a contest where new foods for space travelers are developed. The competition was sponsored by the NASA Food...

Catnip Captures Attention as a Mosquito Repellent

April 24th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers have begun testing catnip oil as a possible repellent against mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus. Joel Coats, an Iowa State entomologist, began investigating the idea of using catnip oil as a...

Iowa State University Research Aims to Give a Legume a Leg Up

April 22nd, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Charles Brummer is out to make better hay while the sun shines. Brummer, an Iowa State University agronomist, is working to breed higher-yielding alfalfa, a legume most commonly used as animal feed. One focus of his groups...

National Pork Board Honors Al Christian

April 4th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Al Christian, manager of the Swine Teaching Farm, received the 2003 Distinguished Service Award March 8 from the National Pork Board at its National Pork Industry Forum in Dallas. The annual award recognizes outstanding...

ISU Ag Engineer Studies Innovative Ways to Control Feedlot Runoff

April 2nd, 2003
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University agricultural engineer is conducting research on innovative techniques livestock producers can use to comply with new federal regulations. Jeffery Lorimor, associate professor in the ISU agricultural and...

ISU Professor Receives National Award for Research

April 1st, 2003
AMES, Iowa — D. Lee Alekel, associate professor of nutrition at Iowa State University, is recipient of the 2003 Mead Johnson Award for research in nutrition from the American Society for Nutritional Sciences (ASNS). The award honors a single...

Iowa-based Company Makes Soyfoods for Space

March 31st, 2003
AMES, Iowa — NASA astronauts soon will have the opportunity to enjoy chili in space thanks to an Iowa-based company. Soy Creations, a division of Triple "F" Inc. has developed a freeze-dried chili with a meat analogue made from soy...

Researcher to Discuss Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia "Dead Zone" at Iowa State

March 28th, 2003
Nancy Rabalais of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium will present a seminar titled "Beyond Science Into Policy: Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia" at Iowa State University on April 2. The seminar will begin at 3 p.m. in 1010 LeBaron...

ISU-led Team of Researchers Develops Genetic Research Tools

March 28th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Swine breeders and medical researchers have some new tools for genetic research, thanks to a team of scientists led by an Iowa State University professor. The group created a library of 21,499 pig gene sequences and mapped the...

Genetic Discovery in Cotton May Apply to Corn and Soybeans

March 17th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Researchers led by an Iowa State University professor have uncovered a genetic pattern in cotton that is likely to have implications for other crops, including corn and soybeans. "We don't really understand what those...

Iowa State Project Will Develop a Science-based Tool to Assess the Risk of Pharmaceuticals in Corn

March 13th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — No one knows with scientific certainty the likelihood or extent of risks from genetically modified plants not grown for food or feed, such as biopharmaceuticals. Iowa State University researchers are leading an effort to help...

FAPRI Projects World Food Supply Will Outpace Demand in Near Term

March 6th, 2003
WASHINGTON — Recent strength in crop prices will not be sustained for long, according to a report of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) presented to Congress today. Two years of drought in many grain-growing regions...

Science and Policy Seminar to Examine Food Safety Systems

March 4th, 2003
AMES, Iowa — Food safety science and policy will be the topic of a panel discussion to be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday in the Gallery of the Iowa State University Memorial Union. The seminar will focus on how science helps identify potential food...

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