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This photo shows the amount of drainage infrastructure that might exist under a typical farm field. Drainage keeps soils dry enough for farmers to cultivate crops in soil that might be too wet otherwise. Image courtesy of Michael Castellano.
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….

07.31.2019

Researchers develop novel process to study how trees affect building temperatures and air flow

By Chelsea Davis, Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State researchers have developed a model to test how shading and air flow can improve indoor temperatures during the sweltering heat of Midwest summers. The new research, conducted by Sustainable Cities – a research group led by Ulrike Passe, associate professor of architecture – shows the effects of tree shading and evapotranspiration on building temperatures during extreme…

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…

07.01.2019

Iowa State physicists use light waves to accelerate supercurrents, enable ultrafast quantum computing

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Jigang Wang, professor of physics and astronomy at Iowa State University, and a team of collaborators have discovered that terahertz light –light at trillions of cycles per second — can act as a control knob to accelerate supercurrents. That can help open up the quantum world of matter and energy at atomic and subatomic scales…