Research News Releases

Science (and Art) Reveal New Insights on Root Growth at Iowa State University

June 5th, 2019
AMES, IA – An Iowa State University researcher has identified a protein as a key regulator of plant root growth, representing a significant step towards understanding the complex, underlying processes that influence development of root cells. ...

Iowa State Agricultural Education and Studies Department Helps African Professors Teach Plant Breeding

June 4th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – A project to help professors in Africa train future plant breeders has created a collaborative curriculum for future educators, thanks to a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation three-year grant for $750,000 for the agricultural education...

Iowa State, Hy-Line Scientist Uses Genomics to Transform Poultry Breeding

May 14th, 2019
Animal science researchers talking in lab setting with computers and pictures of chickens behind them..
AMES, IA – In poultry breeding, the ability to more quickly and accurately select chickens whose offspring will have the best health, egg production and egg quality benefits producers and consumers alike. Research applying advances in the field...

Syngenta Joins Partnership with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

May 14th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University is pleased to announce Syngenta as its latest industry partner. In this role, Syngenta will have a seat on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which advises the center on its...

Film Produced by Iowa State University Scientist on Science and Beauty of Seeds to be Shown June 16

May 13th, 2019
Seeds in India
AMES, Iowa — A film showcasing the science and beauty of seeds, produced by an Iowa State University seed scientist, is set for a public viewing at Reiman Gardens.  “Seeds! Diversity of Wonder,” will be screened at 6 p.m. June 16 at the gardens...

Iowa State, Iowa Soybean Association Offer New Way to View On-Farm Research Data

May 6th, 2019
AMES, IA – Iowa State University and the Iowa Soybean Association have teamed up to develop a new, web-based resource as an easy-to-use portal where producers can find the results of hundreds of on-farm research trials conducted by the association...

CPM Donates $2.6 Million to Iowa State University Feed Mill Project

May 6th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — California Pellet Mill (CPM), the world's leading supplier of animal feed processing equipment, is donating nearly $2.6 million in equipment to a new educational and research facility for feed milling and grain science at Iowa State...

Study Shows Humble Road Ditches Can Play Powerful Nutrient Reduction Role

May 1st, 2019
Iowa City, Iowa — New research suggests that water quality challenges in Iowa and nationally would be even greater if it weren’t for a little appreciated feature of the landscape: road ditches. “Road ditches are human-made, hydrologic pathways...

Iowa State University-based Distillers Grains Technology Council to Host Research Symposium

April 24th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — The Distillers Grains Technology Council, administered at Iowa State University, will cover the latest research for industries that produce and use distillers grains at its annual symposium. “Our goal is to bring together industry...

Iowa State University Part of Innovative Consortium to Reduce Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste

April 17th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — Food loss and waste is a global problem that negatively impacts the bottom line of businesses and farmers, wastes limited resources and damages the environment. The Foundation for Food and...

BASF Partners with the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

April 11th, 2019
AMES, IA – BASF is joining the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner to support emerging technology and innovations to help soybean growers produce high yielding, high quality soybeans. “We welcome and...

Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University Releases Egg Cost Study

April 8th, 2019
Eggs in processing plant
AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University has released a study that seeks to fill an 18-year-old gap in information important to the U.S. egg industry. The study helps egg...

Research Helps Farmers Succeed with Prairie

April 2nd, 2019
Professor Laura Jackson shows off long prairie roots at a prairie field day
AMES, Iowa – More landowners are interested in planting strips of deep-rooted prairie within crop fields or on marginal land as an effective soil conservation and water quality practice. But they need reliable answers about the costs and benefits...

Iowa State University Featured in New Report Identifying How to Supercharge Ag Science

March 27th, 2019
Iowa State University swine genetic researchers Jack Dekkers and Chris Tuggle handling young pigs
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is highlighted in a new report issued today that shows how U.S. farmers—facing a surge of weather events and disease outbreaks—can increase production and revenues with innovations produced by federally funded...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Invites Proposals for Water Quality Research

March 27th, 2019
Cattle grazing
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University is seeking new proposals for water-quality research that can help landowners reduce nitrate and phosphorus in the state’s waterways, one of Iowa’s most pressing concerns....

Pork Producers Collaborate with Iowa Researchers to Benefit Monarchs

March 25th, 2019
AMES, Iowa - Hog farmers are collaborating with Iowa State University to provide more habitat for monarch butterflies through on-farm research projects. Since 2015, farmer members of the Iowa Pork Producers Association have worked with...

Iowa State University Animal Scientist Named Interim Director of Egg Industry Center

March 25th, 2019
Lamont portrait
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University poultry science researcher will be the new leader of the Egg Industry Center.  Susan J. Lamont, a C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life...

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust’s Commitment of $3.5 Million Will Advance Biomolecular Research at Iowa State University

February 28th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, has committed more than $3.5 million to transform biomolecular research at Iowa State University, making it a leader in advanced electron microscopy technology. The Carver...

Iowa State Researchers Honored for One of Year's Best Ag Engineering Innovations

February 11th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – A start-up company founded by two Iowa State University researchers is receiving a national honor for an invention named one of 2019’s best innovations in agricultural, food and biological engineering and technology. Manjit Misra...

New Monarch Numbers Encouraging: Conservation Efforts in Iowa Contribute to Long-term Recovery

February 1st, 2019
Monarch on milkweed plant.
AMES, Iowa — This week, the World Wildlife Fund released its 2018-2019 overwintering monarch population report. Adult monarch butterflies covered...

Iowa State University Part of Grant to Study No-till for Organic Grain Farmers

February 1st, 2019
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is part of a study to provide organic grain farmers more information about the best way to incorporate no-till agriculture into their production systems because they typically use tillage to manage weeds....

Iowa State Research Aims to Improve Next Generation of Bioreactors

January 24th, 2019
Professor Michelle Soupir (in purple jacket) working at Iowa State University bioreactor research site with students.
AMES, Iowa — On a cold day last fall, Iowa State University scientist Michelle Soupir and her team of graduate students shoveled out the woodchip-and-mud entrails of nine concrete-lined water-quality cells at the Agricultural Engineering and...

Iowa State University Study Shows Farmers Active in Watershed Groups More Likely to Plant Cover Crops

January 10th, 2019
Lush cover crop growing in corn stubble.
AMES, Iowa – Research by Iowa State University shows that active farmer involvement in watershed management groups and other conservation networks is key to adopting conservation practices like cover crops. The...

Iowa State University Advances Saturated Riparian Buffers as a Promising Water-quality Practice for Crop Fields

December 17th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — A new technology for cleansing nutrients from water leaving Iowa’s tile-drained fields began with two Iowa State University researchers brainstorming after a professional meeting. Their “back of the napkin” discussion in 2010 led to...

Assistant Dean in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University Honored by Alma Mater

December 13th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — Hongwei Xin, assistant dean for research of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, was honored last month by the University of Nebraska. Xin, who also serves as director of the...

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