Research News Releases

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...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Launches Online Water Quality Research Map

February 18th, 2020
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AMES, Iowa — A new, online Iowa water quality research map has been launched by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. The “zoomable” map, at

Youngs Named Ensminger International Chair

February 12th, 2020
Curt Youngs
AMES, Iowa - Curt Youngs, professor of animal science, has been named the newest Ensminger Endowed Chair of International Animal Agriculture, effective Feb. 1. He is the third faculty member in Iowa State’s Department of Animal Science to hold...

Iowa State Student Shares Ag Vision in Washington, D.C.

February 11th, 2020
By Amber Friedrichsen  An Iowa State University student was selected to attend the Farm Foundation Round Table Cultivator Program in Washington, D.C. in January.  Adam Bittner, a junior in global resource systems, is only the second Iowa...

Iowa State Animal Researchers Explore Better Handling Tools for Non-Ambulatory Swine

January 29th, 2020
What do producers do when livestock are not able to walk, due to illness or injury? This problem has not had an easy solution, though that may change soon, thanks to researchers at Iowa State University. National standards for humane management...

Beattie Named Interim Chair of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University

January 28th, 2020
Gwyn Beattie
Gwyn Beattie has been named interim chair of the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University. Beattie, the Robert Earle...

Iowa State Survey Shows Farm Owners Make Small Increases in Conservation

January 13th, 2020
Cover of land tenure report.
A survey of Iowa landowners conducted by Iowa State University suggests that adoption of conservation practices has increased slightly since 2012, and that ongoing trends in land ownership and management are likely barriers to a number of...

INRC Launches Spring Seminar Series on “Water Research Past, Present and Future”

January 10th, 2020
UPDATE: Seminars scheduled for March and April will not take place due to campus efforts to reduce the potential for COVID-19 exposure. INRC plans to reschedule the presentation (details to be announced).  The ...

Daniel Thomson Selected as New Chair of Animal Science at Iowa State University

January 7th, 2020
headshot of Daniel Thomson
Daniel Thomson has been named the new chair of the Department of Animal Science at Iowa State University. Dr. Thomson is an internationally known leader, researcher and instructor in animal health...

CALS Researchers Named Science and Innovation Fellows

December 11th, 2019
CALS scientists honored recently with national fellowships are (from left) Susan Lamont, Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished professor in Agriculture and Life Sciences, William Beavis, professor and G.F. Sprague Chair in Agronomy, and Guru Rao,...

New Insights on Honey Bee Health in Ag Landscapes from Iowa Study

November 25th, 2019
Honey bee hovering over red clover bloom
AMES, Iowa — Honey bees are facing tough times.  Colonies of these pollinators are being lost at an unprecedented rate, and some are blaming farming practices, in particular, the intensive corn and soybean production systems in the Midwest. New...

Iowa State University Researchers Contribute to Call for Global Interventions to Reduce Food Waste

November 21st, 2019
Cover of report, Reducing Food Loss and Waste: Ten Interventions to Scale Impact
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers contributed to the recently released report, "...

Multi-purpose Oxbows Make the Grade for Nutrient Reduction

November 14th, 2019
Illustration shows four stages of oxbow formation
New research shows that “multi-purpose oxbows” can effectively reduce nitrate-nitrogen, earning them a spot in the Iowa Nutrient Research Strategy’s menu of conservation options. Oxbows are floodplain wetlands that form when a stream or river...

Iowa State University Professor Honored for Research Leadership

November 11th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — The senior associate dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University has been honored for his leadership in promoting national research initiatives. Joe Colletti, who also serves as associate director...

Iowa State University Names New Director of Egg Industry Center

October 31st, 2019
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AMES, Iowa — Richard Gates has been named director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University. Gates, currently a professor of agricultural and biological engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will start his new...

Iowa Soybean Research Center Awards Funding for Soybean Research at Iowa State University

October 24th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — Following meetings with its industry advisory council and management team, the Iowa Soybean Research Center (ISRC) announced that it has awarded funding for a new soybean research project at Iowa State University. “We considered...

Long-term Iowa State Research Shows Poultry Manure Improves Profits, Soil Health

October 17th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — A 20-year study by Iowa State University researchers shows fertilizing cropland with poultry manure can benefit soil health and farm profits when compared to a commercial fertilizer.     The study looked at long-term impacts of...

A Brave Decade: Global Resource Systems Major Celebrates 10 Years of Impact

October 7th, 2019
by Brian Meyer, CALS Communications Service Ten years ago, it seemed an uphill battle to debut a new, untested major — global resource systems — into the portfolio of academic programs offered by...

FMC Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

October 3rd, 2019
AMES, Iowa — FMC has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, FMC will have a representative on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which provides guidance on research priorities for...

Iowa Crop Improvement Association Commits $1.5 Million for Iowa State University’s Feed Mill Project

September 26th, 2019
 ICIA Executive Director Jim Rouse at podium
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Crop Improvement Association has pledged $1.5 million to Iowa State University’s feed mill and grain science complex. Iowa Crop Improvement Association’s gift was announced earlier this...

New Screening Tool Developed by Iowa State University Researchers Can Speed Detection of Bovine Tuberculosis

September 24th, 2019
Two scientists in laboratory with screening tool on counter.
AMES, Iowa – A new screening tool developed by researchers at Iowa State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture can dramatically reduce the time to detect strains of bacteria that cause a serious livestock disease and that impact the...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Funds New Set of Diverse Water Quality Studies

September 12th, 2019
cattle grazing
Ames, IA – The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University has funded 16 new water quality and nutrient management projects for 2019...

ISU’s Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture Offers Scholarships for Iowa Undergraduates

September 11th, 2019
Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture logo
AMES, Iowa – Junior and senior undergraduates at Iowa four-year colleges and universities are invited to submit proposals to a new sustainability scholarship program sponsored by the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State...

National Science Foundation Awards $2.9 Million to Iowa State University, University of Wisconsin, to Advance Next Generation of Crop Genetic Engineering

September 10th, 2019
Dr. Kan Wang, headshot with plants in background
Ames, Iowa — Genetic engineering systems are critical tools to advance crop genomics research and related crop improvement efforts in the United States and worldwide. These tools have been limited, however, by the high complexity and low...

Iowa State University Partners on Global Agenda to Reduce Food Waste

August 29th, 2019
Dirk Maier
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University scientists collaborated on a World Resources Institute report, released today, that seeks to reduce the annual 1.3 billion tons of global food loss and waste by 2030. The report,...