Research News Releases

Iowa State University Seeks to Develop Pig to Benefit Human Medical Therapies

May 21st, 2015
Chris Tuggle portrait
AMES, Iowa — A National Institutes of Health grant of $2.5 million will fund Iowa State University research to develop a line of pigs with an immune system that is uniquely suited to testing medical therapies for people. Four years ago, in work...

Gift from The Nelson Foundation Supports Food Science Lab Renovation at Iowa State University

May 13th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — A gift from The Nelson Foundation will make possible the renovation of the Food Science teaching laboratory at Iowa State University. The Nelson Foundation’s support will transform a 1,950-square-foot teaching laboratory into a...

Egg Industry Center Looking to Fund AI Research

May 12th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University is seeking pre-proposals to fund research related to the current avian influenza (AI) outbreak. “Each year the center releases a request...

Growth in Career Opportunities for Iowa State Agriculture Students Mirrors National Report

May 11th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University career specialist who contributed to a national five-year agricultural employment report says the outlook is bright for jobs related to food, agriculture, renewable natural resources or the environment. “It’...

Identical Twins Take Same College and Career Paths

May 7th, 2015
Fichters baseball pic
AMES, Iowa — It will be hard to stifle a double take when Adam and Austin Fichter accept their diplomas Saturday at the Iowa State University commencement. The identical twins will each be graduating magna cum laude with identical majors, or...

Awards Presented by Iowa State University Agriculture Honor Society

April 30th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Chapter of the Honor Society of Agriculture, known as Gamma Sigma Delta, presented awards April 23 to Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences alumni, faculty and students. Maynard Hogberg, professor...

Iowa State University Soil Productivity Rating System Updated

April 30th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers have released the equation for calculating Iowa’s Corn Suitability Ratings, the updated soil productivity index for the state’s soils. The updated Corn Suitability Rating 2 (CSR2) provides an index...

Milkweed Planting Encouraged on Iowa CRP Acres to Improve Monarch Habitat

April 30th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Iowa farmers and landowners are encouraged to consider planting milkweed, the habitat of monarch butterflies, on their land enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP). The...

Iowa State University’s Agriculture and Veterinary Programs Ranked Among Top in the World

April 29th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s programs in agriculture and forestry and in veterinary science have been ranked among the world’s best by a British organization’s latest ratings. For the third straight year, Iowa State was ranked in the top...

Iowa State University Studying Water Storage to Benefit Crops, Waterways

April 28th, 2015
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AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is partnering with researchers at seven other land-grant universities to examine the economic and environmental benefits and costs of storing water from farm drainage systems for crops to use later and to reduce...

Eggs and Poultry Safe to Eat, Iowa State University Food Safety Specialist Stresses

April 21st, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Avian influenza does not impact the foods that consumers eat, says an Iowa State University food safety expert. “Consumers should feel safe to eat properly cooked and prepared meat and eggs from poultry,” said Angela Shaw, assistant...

Iowa State University Students Win Overall Prize at Judging Conference

April 17th, 2015
NACTA teams members
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University student teams won the overall award among four-year institutions at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference April 8-10. The...

Distillers Grains Symposium Set for May 13 and 14

April 7th, 2015
Kurt Rostentrater portrait
AMES, Iowa — The Distillers Grains Technology Council, based at Iowa State University, will host its annual scientific meeting next month in Kansas City, Missouri. “The symposium will provide the latest information and issues on distillers...

Monsanto Pledges $100,000 to Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium

March 31st, 2015
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AMES, Iowa — Monsanto Co. has pledged $100,000 to Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to support the new Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, announced in early March, is a...

Symposium to Focus on Whole Systems Approach to Global Food Security

March 30th, 2015
Manjit Misra portrait
AMES, Iowa — The Global Food Security Consortium and the Seed Science Center at Iowa State University will welcome experts from around the world...

Iowa State University, Cedar Rapids partner on agricultural bioprocessing

March 4th, 2015
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — A partnership between Iowa State University and the City of Cedar Rapids will explore opportunities for expanding the success of the region’s agricultural and bioprocessing industries. City and university officials today (...

ISU Scientists Identify a Seed Treatment to Curtail Soybean Sudden Death Syndrome

March 3rd, 2015
SDS project team
Ames, Iowa — Researchers at Iowa State University are leading a regional research project to identify farm management practices that help reduce Sudden Death Syndrome (SDS) in soybeans. SDS is caused by a fungus that can destroy a small patch to...

Iowa State University Part of Land-Grant Impacts Website Launch

March 3rd, 2015
AMES, Iowa — A website with examples of how Iowa and the country benefit from teaching, research and extension efforts at Iowa State University and the other nation’s land grant universities has been launched. “The Land-Grant Impacts website is...

New Consortium Launched to Conserve Monarch Butterfly Habitat in Iowa

March 2nd, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Enhancing the monarch butterfly’s habitat in rural and urban Iowa is the goal of a new, broad-based statewide effort. The Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium, established through the efforts of Iowa State University’s...

Iowa State Herbicide Guide Offers Strategies to Manage Resistant Weeds

February 27th, 2015
AMES, Iowa — Using herbicides that differ in the ways they kill weeds goes a long way to battling herbicide resistance, according to Iowa State University agronomists. Bob Hartzler and Mike Owen, professors of...

Q&A with Jacquelyn Jackson of Tuskegee University

February 23rd, 2015
This month we spoke with Jacquelyn Jackson (Ph.D., Genetics, 2008), a research assistant professor of molecular biology and genetics in the Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at Tuskegee University in Alabama. She is part of a...

Iowa State University, North Central Iowa Research Association Set Educational Meeting

February 11th, 2015
AMES, Iowa – Nitrogen management, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles in agriculture and a grain market outlook will highlight the March 12 annual meeting of the North Central Iowa Research Association, which owns the...

Iowa State University Part of Grant to Improve Ag Policy in Ghana

February 10th, 2015
John Beghin portrait
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University has joined a partnership to improve agricultural policy making, policy analysis and implementation in the African country of Ghana. The work is funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)...

Lawrence Reappointed as Associate Dean and Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Director

February 9th, 2015
John Lawrence portrait
John Lawrence has been reappointed to a second five-year term as associate dean for extension in Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director for agriculture and natural resources for Iowa State University...

Iowa State University Collaborative Research Seeks to Increase Corn Production in Africa

January 23rd, 2015
Suza photo
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University agronomists have begun research to improve the drought tolerance and disease resistance of corn grown by farmers in Tanzania and sub-Saharan Africa. Thomas Lubberstedt and Walter Suza, professors in the Iowa...