Research News Releases

Q&A with Kan Wang, International Leader on Biotechnology, Plant Transformation

April 3rd, 2020
Kan Wang, professor of agronomy and holder of the Global Professorship in Biotechnology at Iowa State University. Photo by Chris Gannon.  by Ann Y. Robinson Kan Wang, professor of agronomy and holder of the Global Professorship in...

#CALSproud COVID-19 Response - Research, environmental health and safety

March 30th, 2020
Tim Goode, ISU Farms manager, partnered with Bill Diesslin, ISU Environmental Health and Safety to acquire a surplus of disinfectant for use by ISU Farm staff. This partnership will help provide a safe working environment for essential ISU...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Invites New Proposals for Water Quality Research

March 30th, 2020
AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University seeks new proposals for research that can help landowners, farmers, agribusiness and others improve water quality by reducing...

Innovative Iowa State University Scientist Advances Machine Learning as Tool for Crop Breeding

March 26th, 2020
Asheesh Singh with computer screens behind him
AMES, Iowa — Using machine learning to develop and utilize plant breeding tools that can deliver improved genetics to farmers faster is a dream of Asheesh (Danny) Singh, associate professor of...

Monarch Conservation Efforts Continue in Iowa

March 13th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Today the World Wildlife Fund and the Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP) released its 2019-2020 overwintering monarch population report. Adult monarch butterflies covered approximately seven acres of forest...

Iowa State Researchers Explore Plant-Microbe Relationships for Drought Resiliency

March 10th, 2020
Gwyn Beattie in lab with soybean plants
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University researchers are working to better understand how soybeans interact with the community of microbes living around their roots, and how these relationships may enhance the crop’s resiliency in the face of drought...

Iowa State’s Richard Gates Named Iowa Egg Council Endowed Professor

March 9th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Richard Gates, director of the Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University, has been named the Iowa Egg Council Endowed Professor. Gates was presented with the professorship at a March 5 medallion ceremony hosted by Daniel J....

Iowa State Dedicates Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm

March 6th, 2020
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University dedicated the new Robert T. Hamilton Poultry Teaching and Research Farm south of Ames on March 5. The hallmarks of the new facility include dedicated spaces for teaching and research, and a welcome area where...

Crespi Named New Director for Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University

February 28th, 2020
headshot of John Crespi
AMES, Iowa — John Crespi has been named director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development at Iowa State University. Crespi, a professor of economics, joined the faculty of Iowa State in 2015 and has served as the interim director of...

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
map image with water quality research projects marked with pins linked to tiles below with photo and details
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
headshot of Richard Gates
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...