Research News Releases

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...

Monarch Conservation Effort Report highlights Iowans' hard work

September 27th, 2022
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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...

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The Bee & Wasp Squad

September 22nd, 2022
Pictured left to right, intern Stephanie Paris, Professor Amy Toth, graduate student mentor Erika Ibarra-Garibay, and intern Denisse Camarena pause for a photo at a field site near Dubuque, Iowa, where they were searching for bees. By Whitney...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center announces funding for new water quality projects

September 15th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University announces funding of just over $1.4 million to support a dozen new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2022-2023. “This year, INRC celebrates its first...

Undergraduate biochemists gain unique opportunities through new summer research program

August 31st, 2022
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AMES, IA -- A new summer program for promising young Iowa State University researchers will celebrate its first year with a showcase Thursday, Sept. 8, during which students will present their work and findings to mentors, peers and proud parents...

Lawrence-Dill joins Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research board of directors

August 26th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa – The Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) has announced that Carolyn Lawrence-Dill has joined its board of directors. FFAR is a national organization focused on building public-private partnerships to fund bold...

Social media influencer seeks new level of expertise at Iowa State

August 23rd, 2022
Jess Pryles, creator of Hardcore Carnivore and current student in the meat science graduate certificate program, freeze dried bacon in liquid nitrogen before conducting various tests on it to measure fat, moisture and protein content. Much of the...

Case IH donates field cultivator to Iowa State University

August 22nd, 2022
Case IH tractor pulling a Tiger Mate field cultivator through a former corn field in the spring.
AMES, Iowa – Does putting in the time and effort in the spring to change out old sweeps on field cultivators for new ones lead to increased yields in the fall? Thanks to support from Case IH, researchers at Iowa State University are working on a...

Researchers show weather variability impedes ability to assess trends in Iowa’s water quality

August 17th, 2022
Map of Iowa with major watersheds outlined and monitoring sites indicated with yellow dots.
AMES, Iowa – When can we expect to see reduced levels of nutrients in our water if we make positive changes on the landscape? New Iowa State University research shows how complicated it is to give a sound answer to that question. The research...

Visiting students showcase summer research projects

August 17th, 2022
By Madelyn Ostendorf Rhajani Shepherd discusses her research on the development of hemp protein powder in the rotunda of Curtiss Hall. Nine students from across the country presented research at the Cyclone Scholars Summer Research Experience and...

Virtual reality could boost poultry health, say Iowa State University researchers

August 9th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — Watching videos may boost hens’ welfare and health, according to researchers at Iowa State University.   Using virtual reality technology, the scientists simulated a free-range environment in laying hen housing. They found that...

Agronomists join forces with engineering students to create innovative in-field research chamber to breed heat tolerant varieties

August 4th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — A multidisciplinary project at Iowa State University is harnessing engineering to solve agronomic challenges, enlisting undergraduates to develop an innovative research chamber to study soybeans’ responses in the field to current and...

New conservation planning tool allows users to evaluate tailored cost-benefit tradeoffs

July 25th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — Conservation planning is entering a new era of precision problem-solving with the Agricultural Conservation Planning Framework (ACPF), and its just-released Financial and Nutrient Reduction Tool (FiNRT). “ACPF itself is a non-...

Mosaic partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

July 18th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — The Mosaic Company has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Mosaic provides financial support to the center, which will be leveraged with soybean checkoff funds from...

Grant looks at breeding mung bean for plant-based protein market

July 11th, 2022
Woman in field of green, growing mung beans
AMES, Iowa - Iowa State University plant breeders and researchers are working to develop a new crop suited for the plant-based protein market. The first step is developing new varieties of mung bean, a new crop here in the United States. Farmers...

Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University releases report on EPA draft emissions models

July 7th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University has released a new report to help the U.S. egg industry understand the science behind the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed emission models. The Egg Industry Center (EIC)...

Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University releases updated egg cost study

June 21st, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University has released an updated study to provide the U.S. egg industry with important post-production cost information. The study helps egg farmers compare industry costs with their own...

Taste Iowa State honey flavored with prairie at Pollinator Fest, June 25

June 20th, 2022
Two jars of golden honey with ISU labels, one with a special prairie strips tag
AMES, Iowa — Visitors to Pollinator Fest, Saturday, June 25, at Reiman Gardens in Ames, can taste test the newest sweet treats from Iowa State University – Iowa State-produced honey and its alter ego, Prairie STRIPS honey. Their unique flavors...

New grants awarded in Agricultural Genome-to-Phenome research

June 2nd, 2022
Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative
Ames, IA — The Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative has awarded nine grants to 27 institutions in the third and final round of project seed grant competition. The Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative, a three-year...

Kinzenbaw gift provides support for research and student scholarships in agricultural and biosystems engineering

May 26th, 2022
AMES, Iowa – Through a generous gift from Jon E. and Marcia A. Kinzenbaw of Williamsburg, Iowa, the Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering has established support for students studying technical agriculture,...

Albaugh partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

May 26th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — Albaugh, LLC has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Albaugh provides financial support to the center, which will be leveraged with soybean checkoff funds from the...

Iowa State University dedicates Stanley L. Balloun Turkey Teaching and Research Facility

May 12th, 2022
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Made possible through private gifts, the facility honors Iowa State professor and industry expert AMES, Iowa – On May 9, Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences dedicated the new Stanley L. Balloun Turkey Teaching and...

Helmers honored with Brent and Cindy Hart Professorship

May 9th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — Matthew Helmers, professor of agricultural and biosystems engineering at Iowa State University and director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, has been named the inaugural...

Iowa State research using UV light produces safer, cleaner air that ‘smells like toothpaste’

May 5th, 2022
Breathing cleaner air has become more relevant than ever in the last few years. What if, along with cleaner air, it smelled fresh and minty, too? For Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and...