Research News Releases

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
Speaker with microphone in front of a wetland with a number of people in the audience
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...

Iowa State University Researcher Finds Natural Compound Boosts Plants’ Freeze-tolerance

April 14th, 2020
headshot of Rajeev Arora
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University researcher has found an inexpensive, natural way to improve plants’ ability to tolerate freezing temperatures and boost their antioxidant levels. The chemical salicylic acid, or SA, can be traced back to...

Q&A with Kan Wang, International Leader on Biotechnology, Plant Transformation

April 3rd, 2020
Kan Wang, professor of agronomy and holder of the Global Professorship in Biotechnology at Iowa State University. Photo by Chris Gannon.  by Ann Y. Robinson Kan Wang, professor of agronomy and holder of the Global Professorship in...

#CALSproud COVID-19 Response - Research, environmental health and safety

March 30th, 2020
Tim Goode, ISU Farms manager, partnered with Bill Diesslin, ISU Environmental Health and Safety to acquire a surplus of disinfectant for use by ISU Farm staff. This partnership will help provide a safe working environment for essential ISU...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Invites New Proposals for Water Quality Research

March 30th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University seeks new proposals for research that can help landowners, farmers, agribusiness and others improve water quality by reducing...

Innovative Iowa State University Scientist Advances Machine Learning as Tool for Crop Breeding

March 26th, 2020
Asheesh Singh with computer screens behind him
AMES, Iowa — Using machine learning to develop and utilize plant breeding tools that can deliver improved genetics to farmers faster is a dream of Asheesh (Danny) Singh, associate professor of...

Monarch Conservation Efforts Continue in Iowa

March 13th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Today the World Wildlife Fund and the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) released its 2019-2020 overwintering monarch population report. Adult monarch butterflies covered approximately seven acres of forest...

Iowa State Researchers Explore Plant-Microbe Relationships for Drought Resiliency

March 10th, 2020
Gwyn Beattie in lab with soybean plants
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers are working to better understand how soybeans interact with the community of microbes living around their roots, and how these relationships may enhance the crop’s resiliency in the face of drought...

Iowa State’s Richard Gates Named Iowa Egg Council Endowed Professor

March 9th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Richard Gates, director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University, has been named the Iowa Egg Council Endowed Professor. Gates was presented with the professorship at a March 5 medallion ceremony hosted by Daniel J....

Iowa State Dedicates Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm

March 6th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University dedicated the new Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm south of Ames on March 5. The hallmarks of the new facility include dedicated spaces for teaching and research, and a welcome area where...

Crespi Named New Director for Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University

February 28th, 2020
headshot of John Crespi
AMES, Iowa — John Crespi has been named director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University. Crespi, a professor of economics, joined the faculty of Iowa State in 2015 and has served as the interim director of...

The Fight Against Foodborne Illnesses

February 24th, 2020
Angela Shaw with colleagues in apple orchard
AMES, Iowa - Nearly half – 46 percent – of the nation’s foodborne illness outbreaks are linked to eating fruits, vegetables or nuts. An Iowa State University team of researchers and Extension and Outreach professionals are working with Midwest...