Research News Releases

Pork Producers Collaborate with Iowa Researchers to Benefit Monarchs

March 25th, 2019
AMES, Iowa - Hog farmers are collaborating with Iowa State University to provide more habitat for monarch butterflies through on-farm research projects. Since 2015, farmer members of the Iowa Pork Producers Association have worked with...

Iowa State University Animal Scientist Named Interim Director of Egg Industry Center

March 25th, 2019
Lamont portrait
AMES, Iowa — An Iowa State University poultry science researcher will be the new leader of the Egg Industry Center.  Susan J. Lamont, a C.F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor of Agriculture and Life...

CALS Faculty and Staff Honored March 4 by 25 Year Club

March 1st, 2019
More than 30 faculty and staff in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’s departments, centers and units will be honored March 4, at the 84th annual Iowa State University...

Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust’s Commitment of $3.5 Million Will Advance Biomolecular Research at Iowa State University

February 28th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – The Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust of Muscatine, Iowa, has committed more than $3.5 million to transform biomolecular research at Iowa State University, making it a leader in advanced electron microscopy technology. The Carver...

Iowa State Researchers Honored for One of Year's Best Ag Engineering Innovations

February 11th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – A start-up company founded by two Iowa State University researchers is receiving a national honor for an invention named one of 2019’s best innovations in agricultural, food and biological engineering and technology. Manjit Misra...

New Monarch Numbers Encouraging: Conservation Efforts in Iowa Contribute to Long-term Recovery

February 1st, 2019
Monarch on milkweed plant.
AMES, Iowa — This week, the World Wildlife Fund released its 2018-2019 overwintering monarch population report. Adult monarch butterflies covered...

Iowa State University Part of Grant to Study No-till for Organic Grain Farmers

February 1st, 2019
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University is part of a study to provide organic grain farmers more information about the best way to incorporate no-till agriculture into their production systems because they typically use tillage to manage weeds....

Iowa State Research Aims to Improve Next Generation of Bioreactors

January 24th, 2019
Professor Michelle Soupir (in purple jacket) working at Iowa State University bioreactor research site with students.
AMES, Iowa — On a cold day last fall, Iowa State University scientist Michelle Soupir and her team of graduate students shoveled out the woodchip-and-mud entrails of nine concrete-lined water-quality cells at the Agricultural Engineering and...

Iowa State’s Bioreactors Inspire Science Curriculum

January 24th, 2019
A new curriculum, “From Here to There with Woodchip Bioreactors” brings Iowa State University’s...

Iowa State University Study Shows Farmers Active in Watershed Groups More Likely to Plant Cover Crops

January 10th, 2019
Lush cover crop growing in corn stubble.
AMES, Iowa – Research by Iowa State University shows that active farmer involvement in watershed management groups and other conservation networks is key to adopting conservation practices like cover crops. The...

Iowa State University Advances Saturated Riparian Buffers as a Promising Water-quality Practice for Crop Fields

December 17th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — A new technology for cleansing nutrients from water leaving Iowa’s tile-drained fields began with two Iowa State University researchers brainstorming after a professional meeting. Their “back of the napkin” discussion in 2010 led to...

Assistant Dean in College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University Honored by Alma Mater

December 13th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — Hongwei Xin, assistant dean for research of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, was honored last month by the University of Nebraska. Xin, who also serves as director of the...

Iowa State University Research on Monarchs’ Egg-laying Preferences Can Guide Recovery Efforts

December 6th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — Loss of habitat containing milkweed plants is considered a leading cause of the precipitous decline in monarch butterfly populations over the past 20 years. To reverse loss of this iconic species, recovery plans nationally have...

Iowa State University to Lead Research to Increase Pig Survivability

December 6th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — A research project led by the Iowa Pork Industry Center at Iowa State University seeks to increase pork producers’ profits by improving the survivability of their animals. Jason Ross, the...

Insects turn up in some odd places

November 27th, 2018
By Ed Adcock, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service Greg Courtney, an Iowa State University entomology professor who specializes in aquatic insects, has traveled the world looking for new or rare species. He and...

Iowa State Student Focuses on Local and Global Food Security

November 27th, 2018
By Ellen Bombela, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Communications Service Alyssa Dougherty is a big advocate when it comes to global food security. Through her work as a hunger fighter, she has impacted many lives, both locally and...

Iowa State Scientists Lead Discovery of a Mechanism Cyst Nematodes Use to Reprogram Plant Host Cells

November 14th, 2018
Parasitic cyst nematodes, a major pest of soybeans and other crops, cluster around plant roots.
AMES, Iowa — A research team led by Iowa State University has solved part of a mystery important to battling the most serious threat to U.S. soybean production, the soybean cyst nematode — a pathogen responsible for more than $1 billion in reduced...

Iowa State University Sports Turf Researcher Seeks to Protect Young Athletes on the Field

November 13th, 2018
Traffic simulator
AMES, Iowa — Adam Thoms, assistant professor of horticulture at Iowa State University, researches sports turf maintenance to help keep young athletes safe while competing. He focuses on athletic fields,...

Iowa State Scientists Recognized Nationally for Multistate Drainage Research to Improve Water Quality

November 12th, 2018
Field day group views a denitrification bioreactor installation.
AMES, Iowa — Two Iowa State University scientists and a U.S. Department of Agriculture research partner have received a national honor for their roles in a multistate research collaboration finding solutions to water quality challenges related to...

Iowa Academy of Science Awards Iowa State University’s Insect Zoo Education Program Coordinator

October 30th, 2018
Mitchell with award
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Academy of Science has presented its Friend of Science Education Award to Ginny Mitchell, education program coordinator of the Insect Zoo at Iowa State University. Mitchell, a...

Iowa State Meat Science Program Celebrates Century of Influence

October 26th, 2018
Iowa State University’s Department of Animal Science celebrates 100 years of meat science in November when current and retired faculty, alumni and students will gather to recognize one of the country’s first land-grant meat science programs. It...

Iowa State Names Robison as Next Endowed Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences

October 25th, 2018
AMES, Iowa — Daniel J. Robison from West Virginia University has been named the next endowed dean of Iowa State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and director of the...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Supports New Studies to Improve Success Strategies for Cover Crops

October 23rd, 2018
Improving the odds of a successful cash crop after cover crops is the aim of several new projects funded by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. “Based on strong...

Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy Updated with Best Management Practices

October 22nd, 2018
Monarch in pasture
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Monarch Conservation Strategy recently added best management practices to guide Iowans in helping increase monarch butterfly habitat. Establishing and maintaining monarch habitat on agricultural lands, urban and suburban...

Iowa State University Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony for Facility to House State-of-the-art Equipment with Support from Danfoss Power Solutions

October 11th, 2018
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering held a groundbreaking ceremony Oct. 5 for a new testing facility that will house state-of-the-art equipment, help...

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