Research News Releases

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,...

Study Led by Iowa State University Takes New Look at Monarch Numbers

August 26th, 2019
Monarch butterfly on swamp milkweed.
Ames, Iowa — A long-term study offers new insights on how monarch butterflies are doing as they journey through the state, based on research by Iowa State University and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Monarch butterflies weigh only...

GDM Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

August 20th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — GDM has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, GDM will have a seat on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which provides recommendations on research priorities. “...

Habi-Tally App Offers New, Interactive Opportunity to Assist Monarch Recovery

August 7th, 2019
HabiTally app logo - monarch butterfly
AMES, Iowa – HabiTally, a new mobile app designed to improve data collection about pollinator habitats, was launched today. The app was developed as a collaboration between Bayer and The Climate Corporation, with support from...

Iowa State Researchers Show Cover Crops’ Value as Cattle Feed

August 1st, 2019
Cattle grazing on cover crops growing in corn stubble.
AMES, Iowa — Cover crops are known to protect soil and water quality, but they also can offer valuable livestock feed, according to Iowa State University research.    Until now, there’s been little reliable, Iowa-based information to assess the...

Iowa State University Names New Statistics Department Chair

July 24th, 2019
Nettleton portrait
AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences announced today the appointment of Distinguished Professor of Statistics Daniel Nettleton, the Laurence H. Baker Chair in...

Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University Launches Challenge Grant Encouraging Research on Cage-free Housing Air Quality

July 1st, 2019
AMES, Iowa —The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University has released a challenge grant to encourage teams of researchers to work collaboratively to solve air quality challenges created by cage-free laying hen housing. The...

Corteva Partners with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

June 11th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — Corteva has joined the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner. In this role, Corteva will have a seat on the...

Iowa Nutrient Research Center Names New Assistant Director

June 6th, 2019
Headshot of Kay Stefanik
AMES, Iowa – A water quality researcher at Ohio State University has been hired as the assistant director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. Kay C. Stefanik will begin...

Science (and Art) Reveal New Insights on Root Growth at Iowa State University

June 5th, 2019
AMES, IA – An Iowa State University researcher has identified a protein as a key regulator of plant root growth, representing a significant step towards understanding the complex, underlying processes that influence development of root cells. ...

Iowa State Agricultural Education and Studies Department Helps African Professors Teach Plant Breeding

June 4th, 2019
AMES, Iowa – A project to help professors in Africa train future plant breeders has created a collaborative curriculum for future educators, thanks to a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation three-year grant for $750,000 for the agricultural education...

Iowa State, Hy-Line Scientist Uses Genomics to Transform Poultry Breeding

May 14th, 2019
Animal science researchers talking in lab setting with computers and pictures of chickens behind them..
AMES, IA – In poultry breeding, the ability to more quickly and accurately select chickens whose offspring will have the best health, egg production and egg quality benefits producers and consumers alike. Research applying advances in the field...

Syngenta Joins Partnership with Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

May 14th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — The Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University is pleased to announce Syngenta as its latest industry partner. In this role, Syngenta will have a seat on the ISRC’s industry advisory council, which advises the center on its...

Film Produced by Iowa State University Scientist on Science and Beauty of Seeds to be Shown June 16

May 13th, 2019
Seeds in India
AMES, Iowa — A film showcasing the science and beauty of seeds, produced by an Iowa State University seed scientist, is set for a public viewing at Reiman Gardens.  “Seeds! Diversity of Wonder,” will be screened at 6 p.m. June 16 at the gardens...

Iowa State, Iowa Soybean Association Offer New Way to View On-Farm Research Data

May 6th, 2019
AMES, IA – Iowa State University and the Iowa Soybean Association have teamed up to develop a new, web-based resource as an easy-to-use portal where producers can find the results of hundreds of on-farm research trials conducted by the association...

CPM Donates $2.6 Million to Iowa State University Feed Mill Project

May 6th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — California Pellet Mill (CPM), the world's leading supplier of animal feed processing equipment, is donating nearly $2.6 million in equipment to a new educational and research facility for feed milling and grain science at Iowa State...

Study Shows Humble Road Ditches Can Play Powerful Nutrient Reduction Role

May 1st, 2019
Iowa City, Iowa — New research suggests that water quality challenges in Iowa and nationally would be even greater if it weren’t for a little appreciated feature of the landscape: road ditches. “Road ditches are human-made, hydrologic pathways...

Iowa State University-based Distillers Grains Technology Council to Host Research Symposium

April 24th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — The Distillers Grains Technology Council, administered at Iowa State University, will cover the latest research for industries that produce and use distillers grains at its annual symposium. “Our goal is to bring together industry...

Iowa State University Part of Innovative Consortium to Reduce Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste

April 17th, 2019
AMES, Iowa — Food loss and waste is a global problem that negatively impacts the bottom line of businesses and farmers, wastes limited resources and damages the environment. The Foundation for Food and...

BASF Partners with the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University

April 11th, 2019
AMES, IA – BASF is joining the Iowa Soybean Research Center at Iowa State University as an industry partner to support emerging technology and innovations to help soybean growers produce high yielding, high quality soybeans. “We welcome and...

Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University Releases Egg Cost Study

April 8th, 2019
Eggs in processing plant
AMES, Iowa — The Egg Industry Center at Iowa State University has released a study that seeks to fill an 18-year-old gap in information important to the U.S. egg industry. The study helps egg...

Research Helps Farmers Succeed with Prairie

April 2nd, 2019
Professor Laura Jackson shows off long prairie roots at a prairie field day
AMES, Iowa – More landowners are interested in planting strips of deep-rooted prairie within crop fields or on marginal land as an effective soil conservation and water quality practice. But they need reliable answers about the costs and benefits...

Conservation Takes Teamwork

April 1st, 2019
Group in prairie at field day at Roadman farm near Dike, Iowa.  AMES, Iowa – The Roadman family owns a farm in Grundy County on a tributary of the Cedar River that has been in the family for five generations. Years ago, Larry Roadman’s...