Research News Releases

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
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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
soybean seeds
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
Group of people standing behind a large ribbon about to be cut. The new turkey facility building is in the background.
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...

Research shows significant environmental benefits of local food production

April 22nd, 2022
Freshly harvested vegetables, including red cabbage and kale
AMES, Iowa – A new study examining a range of environmental impacts of vegetable production and distribution found local production offers significant benefits overall when compared to the large-scale methods that represent most of current...

Distillers Grains Technology Council hosts 26th annual symposium in Omaha, May 11-12

April 18th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — The Distillers Grains Technology Council, administered at Iowa State University, will highlight the latest in research and practice for industries that produce and use distillers grains at its 26th annual symposium, May 11-12, 2022,...

Innovative research explores impacts of tile drainage water quality on streams

April 7th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — Cover crops were almost as effective as restored prairie at reducing nitrate concentrations in tile-drained water, according to recent research at Iowa State University. This was one of the key findings from a study led by Marshall...

Beck’s partners with the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

April 5th, 2022
Soybean field with plants in clean rows.
AMES, Iowa — Beck's has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Beck’s provides financial support to the center and will have a representative serving on the ISRC’s industry advisory...

Iowa State research on game fish gains better picture of fish fate, escapement

March 31st, 2022
3 college students handle large muskie (fish).
AMES, Iowa — In 2021, Iowa licensed nearly 270,000 anglers, whose pastime is estimated to represent more than $500 million annually in economic activity.   Michael Weber, associate professor in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center invites new water quality research proposals

March 28th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa - The Iowa Nutrient Research Center is accepting new proposals for research projects designed to reduce nitrate and phosphorus in Iowa’s water. The center invites proposals for water quality projects that will benefit farmers,...

Incorporating gender equality into agricultural research

March 25th, 2022
Hale Tufan shared her research into gender equality within plant breeding programs during a lecture March 24 in the Sun Room of the Memorial Union. By Whitney Baxter Hale Tufan, research professor in the Department of Global Development at Cornell...

Iowa State research on swine sire fertility has implications for cattle, humans

March 22nd, 2022
Karl Kerns in white lab coat front of lab equipment.
AMES, Iowa — Sire infertility is a problem for the reproductive performance of swine, despite the greater attention that has long been given to the female side of the equation. “We know that 25% of the boar herd has less than 80% conception...

Solving the complex puzzle of dissolved phosphorus loss from farmland

March 21st, 2022
Antonio Mallarino kneeling in a field.
AMES, Iowa — A research project by Iowa State University soil scientists provides new insight into the complex picture of phosphorus loss from farmland and evidence proving phosphorus runoff is often underestimated. One of the project’s primary...

Peterson Genetics partners with the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

March 10th, 2022
Soybean plants emerging from the ground
AMES, Iowa — Peterson Genetics, Inc. has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Peterson Genetics, headquartered in Cedar Falls, Iowa, will provide financial support to the center and...

Four CALS graduate students receive Brown Graduate Fellowships

March 8th, 2022
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Four College of Agriculture and Life Sciences graduate students are among the 12 Iowa State University graduate students selected to receive $120,000 in Brown Graduate Fellowship Program funding to support strategic university research over the...

Iowa State part of wide-ranging study exploring links between health of soils, plants, humans

March 7th, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is part of a new study funded by the Foundation for...

Student athlete's bird's-eye view of a career in research

February 15th, 2022
Annie Hatch grew up in Mesa, Arizona, where she developed an affinity for nature. This ultimately led her to pursue an education in animal ecology at Iowa State and has inspired her to pursue a career in wildlife research.  By Amber...

Food and fuel required to meet global challenges, say ag leaders

January 31st, 2022
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AMES, Iowa — Food and fuel -- not food versus fuel -- is the focus of a hopeful new commentary in the peer-reviewed scientific journal “Nature Sustainability,” authored by innovative thought leaders in agriculture from Iowa State University and...

Graduate student awarded national fellowship to support scientific career

January 21st, 2022
Logan Ott wearing a white lab coat, sitting next to a counter in a laboratory. A microscope and computer screen with an image on it are in the background.
AMES, Iowa - From computer science to microbiology, Logan Ott has found his calling in the research lab and recently received funding for his work to fight the threat of antimicrobial resistance. Ott, graduate student in the interdepartmental...

Iowa State University innovator gaining national interest for new ‘healthy’ fat technology

January 18th, 2022
Man in lab coat in laboratory
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University meat scientist is a leading innovator in the search for new fats that offer more choices to health-conscious consumers. Rodrigo Tarté, an assistant professor in the Department of Animal Science, is at the...

Second round of Grants awarded in Agricultural Genome-to-Phenome Research

January 13th, 2022
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Ames, IA The Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative has awarded 11 grants to institutions across the country for projects that help advance multidisciplinary crop and livestock genetics research. “The AG2PI project’s...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Spring 2022 Water Quality Research Seminar series will ‘Focus on Phosphorus’

January 11th, 2022
Algal blooms along an Iowa beach.
AMES, Iowa – This spring, the Iowa Nutrient Research Center’s water quality research seminar series will “Focus on Phosphorus,” beginning Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2022. The presentations will take place the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 3:10-4:...