Research News Releases

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....

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences names Carolyn Lawrence-Dill associate dean for research and discovery

August 10th, 2021
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AMES, Iowa - Carolyn Lawrence-Dill has been named associate dean for research and discovery for Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, effective Aug. 16, 2021. Lawrence-Dill has been a faculty member at Iowa State since...

UPL Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

August 10th, 2021
Soybeans growing in field.
AMES, Iowa — UPL has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, UPL provides financial support to the center and will have a representative serving on the ISRC’s industry advisory council...

Iowa State scientist in line to lead American Society for Nutrition

August 5th, 2021
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AMES, Iowa  –  Iowa State University Professor Kevin Schalinske, in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, was recently named the American Society for Nutrition’s vice president-elect. The position is the first year in ASN’s...

Iowa State University receives grant to strengthen poultry immune responses to pathogens in their environment

July 29th, 2021
Chicks at feeder.
AMES, Iowa – A new $500,000 award from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture will support an Iowa State University study on the immune system and intestinal microbiome of broiler chickens with a goal of...

Monarch butterfly research publication receives prestigious award

July 28th, 2021
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AMES, Iowa – A research publication by a recent Iowa State University graduate in toxicology has won recognition as the best article of 2020 in the journal “Environmental...

Iowa State researchers find obesity impacts reproductive health, increases sensitivity to chemical exposures

July 12th, 2021
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AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University scientists are finding evidence that obesity alters mammals’ reproductive systems in a variety of ways, including undermining natural abilities to resist and recover from exposures to chemical toxins. “It has...

‘Genome to Phenome’ Research Community Wins Grant for Next Phase

June 21st, 2021
AMES, Iowa – A new federal grant will expand the impact of a project creating a shared vision across research communities for crops, livestock and data engineering, known as the Agricultural Genome to Phenome Initiative (AG2PI). The $960,000...

Innovative technologies track cattle feed intake and manure application to support studies at Iowa State research farms

May 25th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – Two new pieces of precision farm equipment on Iowa State University research farms are enhancing efficiency and accuracy for research trials, putting innovation to work for farms in the future.  Smart feeder monitors cattle feed...

Fulbright Scholar bridges the gap toward better human health

May 17th, 2021
Jacob Boyd Johnson will begin studying immunotoxicology at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich for 10 months as part of the Fulbright Scholar program. By Amber Friedrichsen Jacob Boyd Johnson aspires to one day lead a research lab and...

New research predicts benefits to monarchs from habitat planted near crop fields

May 17th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – New research on monarchs by Iowa State University scientists offers important insights to those trying to boost populations by planting habitat close to corn and soybean fields.   The research indicates maximum increases in Iowa...

Emerging drainage water recycling practice could improve yields, water quality

April 5th, 2021
Illustration showing drainage water recycling system with overhead pivot irrigation and reservoir
AMES, Iowa — Drainage water recycling (DWR) is a drainage management system designed to capture water during wet periods so it can be used later when growing crops are thirsty. Versions of DWR have been around for years, but adoption has...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center seeks new water quality research proposals

March 15th, 2021
AMES, Iowa- The Iowa Nutrient Research Center is accepting new proposals for research that seek to improve water quality by reducing nitrate and phosphorus in Iowa’s waterways. This week the center begins accepting proposals for water quality...

Iowa State researchers study effects of cellulosic feedstocks for ethanol production

February 25th, 2021
AMES, Iowa – A new Iowa State University study considers an increase of growing cellulosic feedstocks for ethanol production and the effect it could have on land use and water quality, specifically nitrogen loss, in the Mississippi Atchafalaya...

Iowa State Student Selected for NIH Fellowship to Expand the Druggable Human Genome

January 27th, 2021
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AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University graduate student Warren Rouse has been selected to receive a prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein...

CALS faculty, staff, students recognized for exceptional efforts during COVID-19

January 15th, 2021
A number of faculty, staff and students from within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recently earned recognition by Iowa State University for their exceptional efforts to respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.  A...

Iowa State Researchers Find Overexpression of a Soybean Gene Might Lead to Resistance Against Major Pathogens

December 14th, 2020
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AMES, IA -- Any number of different soybean pests can derail a good season. Soybean farmers in Iowa know how devastating they can be, with some causing millions in losses each year. A new study by a research team led by Madan Bhattacharyya,...

Iowa State Researchers Find Antibody Response to Vaccination Helps Predict Swine Reproductive Success

December 7th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Measuring antibody response to a commonly used vaccination against porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus, or PRRSV, could better predict swine reproductive success than common genetic selection strategies, according to...