Research News Releases

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Researcher Directory facilitates connection to Iowa scientists

January 6th, 2022
INRC Researcher Director web page
AMES, Iowa - A new Researcher Directory being launched this week highlights Iowa scientists engaged in nutrient reduction research. The online search tool is hosted by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center, at...

Science with Practice program helps students reach education, career goals

January 4th, 2022
Science with Practice participant Deidra Green, junior in animal science, explains her research project to Bill Foell, CALS Agricultural Endowment Board member, during a student poster session Dec. 7, 2021, in the Curtiss Hall rotunda. The...

Iowa State University researchers discover new approach to fight Salmonella in poultry

December 16th, 2021
AMES, Iowa — Researchers in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Iowa State University have discovered an innovative approach to fight bacteria and their antimicrobial resistance in poultry by exploiting linkages between the gut...

Planning grant sows seeds for future urban tree diversity

December 6th, 2021
Two street scenes with trees. On the left, trees leafed out in green. On the right, trees with leaves denuded.
An Iowa State University researcher is leading a national USDA Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) planning grant to dig up the dirt on low tree diversity in urban areas. Only six species comprise the majority of trees planted along...

Researchers work to make spray application more cost-effective, sustainable for apple growers

December 3rd, 2021
Rows of apple trees. Tractor-pulled airblast sprayer traveling between the rows of trees.
AMES, Iowa - Spraying pesticides in apple orchards can prove beneficial in the fight against harmful pests and diseases. The question is what is the best method and timing of spraying in order to make the most impact with the least negative...

Watershed game app developed by Iowa State reaching wide audience as platform for fun, learning

November 18th, 2021
PEWI computer app homepage screen
AMES, Iowa — It’s a computer game for teenagers. It’s a web-based learning application for college ag and natural resource classes. It’s a training tool for professional conservation planners. It’s PEWI! People in Ecosystems Watershed...

National USDA Multistate Excellence in Research Award recognizes Iowa State soil scientist

November 15th, 2021
AMES, Iowa — Robert Horton, who holds the Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professorship in Agriculture and Life Sciences in agronomy at Iowa State University, is one of the senior scientists recognized by USDA with its national Multistate...

Pipeline study shows soil compaction and crop yield impacts in construction right-of-way

November 11th, 2021
Four researchers line up in front of Iowa State ABE building
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University study looking at the impacts of soil disturbance and early remediation practices from construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline finds significant soil compaction and gradual recovery of crop yield in the...

Latham Hi-Tech Seeds Partners with the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

November 4th, 2021
Soybeans on curving stalks with blue sky in background
AMES, Iowa — Latham Hi-Tech Seeds, located in Alexander, Iowa, has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Latham Seeds provides financial support to the center and will have a...

New study calls for mitigation, monitoring of common grease-proofing food packaging chemicals

October 19th, 2021
Keith Vorst sitting on a stool in a laboratory.
AMES, Iowa – Chemicals used to “grease proof” everything from food packaging to carpets have built up in the environment for decades and contaminate ecosystems across the globe, and a new study is calling for a better understanding of the risks...

Iowa Soybean Research Center funds four Iowa State research projects

October 13th, 2021
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AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Soybean Research Center recently awarded funding for four soybean research projects at Iowa State University, the largest level of funding invested in a single year by the ISRC since its inception in 2014. The center’s...

Mutual interests in agricultural collaboration focus of U.S. – China policy paper by Iowa State University economist

October 12th, 2021
Wendong Zhang and former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad in front of PPT projection
AMES, Iowa — The relationship between the United States and China may be at its lowest point in recent history, but both countries continue to need each other to achieve strategic goals in agriculture, food production and food security. This...

Innvictis/Simplot partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

October 11th, 2021
Soybeans ready to harvest backlit by morning light
AMES, Iowa — Innvictis Seed Solutions distributed by Simplot Grower Solutions has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Innvictis/Simplot provides financial support to the center and...

Small trees with big potential

October 8th, 2021
Nick Howell, superintendent of the Horticulture Research Station, inspects plant growth in the new orchard. Even though these trees were just planted in May, he expects they will produce a partial apple crop next year. By Amber Friedrichsen Trees...

New research studying economics of water quality on lake recreation focuses on rural, lower-income Iowans

September 30th, 2021
Two children holding fish with lake backdrop
AMES, Iowa — A new study underway by economists at Iowa State University aims to better understand nutrient impacts through the lens of local recreation and tourism, with a focus on assessing the economic impacts of water quality improvement on...

Distillers Grains Technology Council to host October research symposium in Louisville

September 29th, 2021
Louisville, Kentucky, skyline at night reflecting on water
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 25th annual symposium, Oct. 25-26, 2021, in Louisville,...

Iowa State's Schulte Moore named 2021 MacArthur Fellow

September 28th, 2021
Lisa Schulte Moore, professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University, standing with her arms crossed in a grassy field.
AMES, Iowa – Lisa Schulte Moore, a professor of natural resource ecology and management at Iowa State University, has been named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow. The prestigious awards, sometimes called “genius...

Iowa State University, USDA research article named best paper of 2021 by Journal of Environmental Quality

September 21st, 2021
AMES, Iowa — A research article by Iowa State University and USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists has received the 2021 Best Paper Award from the “Journal of Environmental Quality.”...

Iowa State University and University of Hawai’i researchers receive collaborative award to improve maize genetic diversity

September 20th, 2021
AMES, Iowa - Improved, practical crop breeding tools are essential to meet the increasing global demands for sustainable food production, made more urgent by the unpredictable stresses driven by a changing climate. To help meet this need, the...

Research suggests flood-tolerant crops a better choice for farmed potholes in modeled weather scenarios

September 16th, 2021
Woman standing in water between two field with corn dying out on one side and miscanthus growing tall on her other side.
AMES, Iowa - Farmers who want to increase the productivity and economic performance of their farmed potholes should consider more flood-tolerant crops, such as miscanthus.    Recent research by Iowa State University scientists found expected...

The root of the matter: National Science Foundation supports plant development research, learning opportunities

September 15th, 2021
Two women, one wearing red and one wearing white, in a lab wearing masks.
AMES, Iowa - With support from a new National Science Foundation grant, two Iowa State University researchers are exploring fundamental, yet-unanswered questions about how hormones regulate cell wall properties during plant development. In the...

Distinguished Professor of animal science recognized by Sigma Xi for research, service

September 7th, 2021
AMES, Iowa - Donald Beitz, Distinguished Professor of animal science and biochemistry, was recently named a Fellow of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Honor Society, an international honor society for research scientists and engineers. This award...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Announces Funding for New Water Quality Projects for 2021-22

September 1st, 2021
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AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University announces funding of over $1.4 million to support 11 new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2021-2022. “These projects represent new areas of research, as...

Grants awarded for multidisciplinary research in Agricultural Genome-to-Phenome arena

August 31st, 2021
Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative
AMES, Iowa – The Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative has awarded seven grants to institutions across the country for projects that help advance crop and livestock genetics research. “Projects such as this will help advance the field of...

Study helps quantify importance of eroding streambanks to Iowa’s nutrient reduction efforts

August 23rd, 2021
Man in red jacket standing on top of severely eroded streambank.
AMES, Iowa — Eroding streambanks contribute a third or more of the phosphorus export from the state, according to estimates from ground-breaking research that could influence future priorities for nutrient reduction efforts in Iowa and beyond....