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Emerging drainage water recycling practice could improve yields, water quality

April 5th, 2021
Illustration showing drainage water recycling system with overhead pivot irrigation and reservoir
AMES, Iowa — Drainage water recycling (DWR) is a drainage management system designed to capture water during wet periods so it can be used later when growing crops are thirsty. Versions of DWR have been around for years, but adoption has...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center seeks new water quality research proposals

March 15th, 2021
AMES, Iowa- The Iowa Nutrient Research Center is accepting new proposals for research that seek to improve water quality by reducing nitrate and phosphorus in Iowa’s waterways. This week the center begins accepting proposals for water quality...

Iowa State researchers study effects of cellulosic feedstocks for ethanol production

February 25th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – A new Iowa State University study considers an increase of growing cellulosic feedstocks for ethanol production and the effect it could have on land use and water quality, specifically nitrogen loss, in the Mississippi Atchafalaya...

Iowa State Student Selected for NIH Fellowship to Expand the Druggable Human Genome

January 27th, 2021
Warren Rouse headshot
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University graduate student Warren Rouse has been selected to receive a prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein...

CALS faculty, staff, students recognized for exceptional efforts during COVID-19

January 15th, 2021
A number of faculty, staff and students from within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recently earned recognition by Iowa State University for their exceptional efforts to respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  A...

Iowa State Researchers Find Overexpression of a Soybean Gene Might Lead to Resistance Against Major Pathogens

December 14th, 2020
Headshot of professor Bhattacharyya
AMES, IA -- Any number of different soybean pests can derail a good season. Soybean farmers in Iowa know how devastating they can be, with some causing millions in losses each year. A new study by a research team led by Madan Bhattacharyya,...

Iowa State Researchers Find Antibody Response to Vaccination Helps Predict Swine Reproductive Success

December 7th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Measuring antibody response to a commonly used vaccination against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, or PRRSV, could better predict swine reproductive success than common genetic selection strategies, according to...

Angela Shaw Receives Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research

November 23rd, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research to Angela Shaw, associate professor in food science and human nutrition and extension...

Iowa State Researchers Find Biochar Mitigates Manure-related Odors and Emissions

November 17th, 2020
AMES, IA – A new study from Iowa State University shows that carbon-rich biochar could be used to mitigate many odors and potentially toxic volatile organic compounds emitted from swine manure. “The results of this study and related research...

Which Small Towns Attract Start-ups and Why

November 2nd, 2020
Picture of downtown, Carroll, Iowa
AMES, Iowa – While many small rural towns face economic distress, some manage to overcome the odds to succeed in attracting new firms and job opportunities. It’s well-known that small rural towns often face economic distress. Along with losses...

Iowa Egg Council pledges additional support to the Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm at Iowa State University

October 26th, 2020
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AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Egg Council has pledged an additional $150,000 to the Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm at Iowa State University. “Iowa is the...

Iowa State University Scientists Advance Plant Breeding for Organic Industry

October 15th, 2020
Two scientists in fall corn field
A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will support Iowa State scientists and collaborators as they develop improved seed corn tailored to the needs of the rapidly...

Capacity building grants to underscore seed systems development and ag biotech innovation in the Philippines and Africa

October 13th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s Seed Science Center (SSC) has been awarded two back-to-back grants to strengthen the capacities of national seed and biosafety authorities in the Philippines and Africa.   The Center will lead a grant from...

Iowa Soybean Research Center Funds Three Iowa State Research Projects

October 1st, 2020
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AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Soybean Research Center has awarded over $250,000 in funding to three soybean research projects at Iowa State University. The center’s Industry Advisory Council met at its annual meeting in September to discuss 22 research...

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...

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