Research News Releases

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...

Angela Shaw Receives Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research

November 23rd, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research to Angela Shaw, associate professor in food science and human nutrition and extension...

Iowa State Researchers Find Biochar Mitigates Manure-related Odors and Emissions

November 17th, 2020
AMES, IA – A new study from Iowa State University shows that carbon-rich biochar could be used to mitigate many odors and potentially toxic volatile organic compounds emitted from swine manure. “The results of this study and related research...

Which Small Towns Attract Start-ups and Why

November 2nd, 2020
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AMES, Iowa – While many small rural towns face economic distress, some manage to overcome the odds to succeed in attracting new firms and job opportunities. It’s well-known that small rural towns often face economic distress. Along with losses...

Iowa Egg Council pledges additional support to the Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm at Iowa State University

October 26th, 2020
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AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Egg Council has pledged an additional $150,000 to the Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm at Iowa State University. “Iowa is the...

Iowa State University Scientists Advance Plant Breeding for Organic Industry

October 15th, 2020
Two scientists in fall corn field
A new federal grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative (OREI) will support Iowa State scientists and collaborators as they develop improved seed corn tailored to the needs of the rapidly...

Capacity building grants to underscore seed systems development and ag biotech innovation in the Philippines and Africa

October 13th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – Iowa State University’s Seed Science Center (SSC) has been awarded two back-to-back grants to strengthen the capacities of national seed and biosafety authorities in the Philippines and Africa.   The Center will lead a grant from...

Iowa Soybean Research Center Funds Three Iowa State Research Projects

October 1st, 2020
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AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Soybean Research Center has awarded over $250,000 in funding to three soybean research projects at Iowa State University. The center’s Industry Advisory Council met at its annual meeting in September to discuss 22 research...

Iowa State University Researchers Investigate Ag Supply Chain Resiliency

September 21st, 2020
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Ames, IA – A new grant will allow Iowa State University researchers to study how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the U.S. food supply chain with the goal of finding short- and long-term solutions to increase resiliency against future...