Research News Releases

Iowa State University Researchers Investigate Ag Supply Chain Resiliency

September 21st, 2020
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Ames, IA – A new grant will allow Iowa State University researchers to study how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the U.S. food supply chain with the goal of finding short- and long-term solutions to increase resiliency against future...

Long-term partnership between USDA and Iowa State University researchers produces innovative results for water quality

September 16th, 2020
by Ann Y. Robinson USDA Agricultural Research Service National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment at Iowa State University. Photo by Whitney Baxter.  A collaborative partnership between researchers with USDA’s Agricultural...

Iowa State University Leads New Project to Build ‘Genome to Phenome’ Research Community Across Crops and Livestock

September 9th, 2020
Student punching holes in corn plant leaves for DNA testing
AMES, Iowa - A new federal grant will support an Iowa State University-led effort to spur development of a “genome to phenome” infrastructure for scientific collaboration across crops and livestock. The three-year, $960,000 project will provide...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Funds 11 New Water Quality Studies

September 1st, 2020
wetland in farm field under cloudy sky
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University announces funding for 11 new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2020-2021. “This round of projects represents over $1.3 million for water quality research...

Water Quality, Social Well-being Linkages Focus of Grant Opportunity

August 25th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Water Center and Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University will jointly fund research to explore the linkages between water quality and social well-being for Iowa communities. The research focus for this...

Iowa State Researchers Win Grant to Develop Plant Gene Editing Technique to Improve Switchgrass, Sorghum

August 25th, 2020
Field of switchgrass
AMES, Iowa – Conventional approaches to plant genome editing still require transformation techniques that present roadblocks for many crops. A new project supported by a two-year, $300,000 grant from the USDA Agriculture and Food Research...

AMVAC Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

August 24th, 2020
soybeans
AMES, Iowa — AMVAC Chemical Corporation has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, AMVAC provides financial support to the center and will have a representative...

Iowa State University Researchers Win Grant to Integrate Biological Models in Genomic Evaluation for Pig Growth

August 20th, 2020
Piglets laying together
AMES, Iowa - A research group led by Jack Dekkers, Distinguished Professor in the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University, has received a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to further genetic improvement of...

Horticulture Assistantships Allow Students to Get Their Hands Dirty in Pursuit of Science

August 5th, 2020
by Ann Y. Robinson The Horticulture Research Station at Iowa State University continues its tradition of cultivating graduate student science, even in the...

Researcher Selected for Lilly Award to Refine Novel Method for Finding RNA Drug Targets

July 20th, 2020
Modeled image of viral RNA generated by Moss Lab ScanFold method.
AMES, Iowa – A new research award from the Eli Lilly Research Award Program will fund a collaborative research project with Iowa State University scientists researching innovative methods for finding previously overlooked targets for drug...

Grant Supporting International Food Security Awarded to Iowa State University, Colorado State University

July 16th, 2020
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AMES, Iowa – Improving international food security is the focus of a grant awarded to researchers and educators working in plant breeding and genetic resources in Iowa State University’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and Colorado State...

Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club Receives National Awards

July 16th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa State University Block and Bridle Club received four national awards from the National Block and Bridle Club this year. The awards were to be presented in April at the 100th National Block and Bridle Convention in Ames....

Iowa State University Joins International APSIM Initiative

July 13th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Department of Agronomy is the first North American entity to join the Agricultural Production Systems sIMulator (APSIM) Initiative. The partnership converges advanced modeling technology from APSIM with...

Nutrient Reduction Strategy Annual Report Shows Record Conservation Engagement by Iowans

July 1st, 2020
Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy 2018-19 Annual Report Cover
DES MOINES, Iowa – The 2018-2019 Iowa Nutrient Reduction Strategy (INRS) annual report was released today by Iowa State University, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship...

Economic Analysis Shows How ISU Soybean Trials Generate Value for Farmers

June 25th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Field trials led by Iowa State University scientists saved farmers and seed companies millions of dollars by helping them select soybean varieties resistant to a major pest, according to a new economic analysis. The analysis was...

Merschman Seeds Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

June 18th, 2020
Soybean plant
AMES, Iowa — Merschman Seeds, located in Westpoint, Iowa, has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Merschman Seeds provides financial support to the center and will...

Retired popcorn breeder keeps on poppin'

June 2nd, 2020
By Whitney Baxter Ken Ziegler_retired popcorn breeder . The unmistakable, slightly grainy smell of popcorn. The sound of kernels exploding as they heat up in the microwave, starting off slowly, then...

New grant will help scientists advance human immune model in pigs

May 29th, 2020
Four researchers standing inside specialized biocontainment facility
AMES, Iowa – The strict regulations that govern medical research with human subjects often slow down the study of the human immune system. So generations of researchers have used models of various designs to simulate human systems. Scientists at...

Long-Running Iowa State University Research Documents Wetlands’ Water Quality Benefit

May 27th, 2020
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AMES, Iowa – Fifteen years of wetlands research by Iowa State University – a study thought to be the largest and longest running project of its kind in the country – clarifies their performance as highly beneficial systems for reducing nitrogen...

New Iowa State Web Hub Offers Resources to Track COVID-19’s Economic Impacts

May 20th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Tracking COVID-19’s economic impacts, especially in the state of Iowa, is now possible thanks to resources on a new web hub. The webpage “...

Iowa State’s Young Ambassador for Microbiology Creates New Path for Service During Pandemic

May 12th, 2020
Graham Redweik, an Iowa State University PhD student in food science and human nutrition and interdepartmental microbiology, has been selected as a Young Ambassador for the American Society of Microbiology for 2020-21. Photo by Whitney Baxter...

New Report Highlighting Value of Ag Innovation Features Iowa State University Research

May 7th, 2020
Cover of Innovation to Profit report
AMES, Iowa — A new national report on agricultural science, “Innovation to Profit: A Retaking the Field Publication, volume 5,” focuses on the importance of federally funded agricultural research to strengthen agriculture’s bottom line and...

Farmers, Landowners Help Advance Research by Iowa Nutrient Research Center

May 4th, 2020
Rob Stout speaking to field day group.
AMES, Iowa - The long-term success of water quality research often depends on private cooperators who work with scientists to fine-tune research questions and host field trials. “Farmers and landowners are important partners who help make it...

Researchers Find Bee Virus Spreads by Altering Honey Bees’ Social Distancing Behavior

April 27th, 2020
Many bees on honeycomb
AMES, Iowa — A new study conducted by researchers at Iowa State University and the University of Illinois suggests a deadly virus attacking honey bees alters their behavior and physiology in ways that boost the virus’ ability to spread. The...

New Study Projects Dramatic Losses for Iowa’s Hog and Ethanol Industries Due to Virus

April 16th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – A new study by the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University projects economic impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak will mean steep losses for Iowa agriculture, including over $2 billion each for the hog and...

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