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10.25.2019

Sundeep Vani joins Iowa State University as Chief Technology Officer for Biobased Products

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Office of the Vice President for Research

Sundeep Vani has joined Iowa State University to serve in the newly created role of Chief Technology Officer (CTO) for Biobased Products, part of the State of Iowa’s Biosciences-based economic growth initiative. In his role as CTO, Vani will serve as a conduit between research and industry. He will work closely with both the Biobased…

10.09.2019

Agronomists detail the benefits of updating agricultural drainage infrastructure in new study

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Massive networks of drains, pipes and tiles that enable food production on much of the world’s most productive cropland are due for expansion and replacement to meet the demands of agricultural intensification and climate change. How that infrastructure is updated will have enormous consequences on food production and the environment, according to a new study….

07.17.2019

Connecting silos: Iowa State scientists call for unconventional collaboration in agriculture

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State University scientists have issued a call to action for researchers in a wide range of disciplines to turn their attention to some of the most pressing challenges facing agriculture. The unorthodox approach to collaboration could spark innovative new approaches to how farmers produce commodities and interact with the environment. Carolyn Lawrence-Dill, professor of genetics,…

07.15.2019

Iowa State sets new record for external research funding in FY2019

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Office of the Vice President for Research

$260.9 million tops previous record of $252.5 million in FY2016 Iowa State University closed the 2019 fiscal year achieving a new record for external research funding – $260.9 million. This surpasses the previous milestone of $252.5 million established in FY2016, reaffirming the university’s long-standing position as a leading land-grant research institution. Iowa State set new…

06.17.2019

Iowa State researchers studying slow-release fertilizer to feed crops, improve water quality

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

A research project looking for ways to add value to biochar may have found an unexpected application for the black power that’s a co-product of thermochemically converting biomass to a liquid bio-oil. Iowa State University researchers have found biochar could be a slow-release fertilizer that delivers nutrients to crops while keeping those nutrients from washing…

06.14.2019

Iowa State’s Geetu Tuteja selected for Pew Scholars Biomedical Research Program

By Annette Hacker, Iowa State University News Service

Geetu Tuteja, assistant professor in Iowa State University’s department of genetics, development and cell biology, has been selected to join the Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences. She is the first Iowa State researcher to receive this honor. Tuteja is one of 22 promising scientists nationwide selected by the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts to…

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04.25.2019

Research sheds light on genomic features that make plants good candidates for domestication

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

New research compiled by Iowa State University scientists, in conjunction with researchers from the University of Georgia, Cornell University and the University of Minnesota, details how the process of domestication affected the genomes of corn and soybeans. The study looked at sections of crop genomes and compared them to the genomes of ancestor species. The…