ResearchNews

Category: Sustainability

11.10.2020

Crop diversification can improve environmental outcomes without sacrificing yields

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

A new study shows diversifying agricultural systems beyond a narrow selection of crops leads to a range of ecosystem improvements while also maintaining or improving yields. But a professor of agronomy at Iowa State University who co-authored the study said some marketing and agricultural policy considerations will have to change for farmers to adopt diversification…

09.03.2020

New study on migration success reinforces need for monarch butterfly milkweed habitat

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

A recently published analysis of data on tagged monarch butterflies migrating from the United States to Mexico emphasizes the importance of creating new habitat to ensure the future of the species’ iconic migratory pattern. The study, published this month in the peer-reviewed journal Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, drew on data collected on 1.4 million monarch…

07.22.2020

Grant to help scientists, industry, and farmers harness biomass and manure to fuel farms

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

A new federal grant will allow a research team led by Iowa State University, Penn State and Roeslein Alternative Energy to develop new methods of turning biomass and manure into fuel. The five-year, $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture will power the Consortium for Cultivating Human and…

02.12.2020

Iowa State’s C-CHANGE to host conference exploring opportunities in biogas

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

Iowa State University’s Consortium for Cultivating Human and Naturally reGenerative Enterprises (C-CHANGE) is hosting its inaugural Conference on Agriculture, Technology and Innovation March 25-27, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. The conference – themed “Why are we missing the boat on biogas?” – is designed to bring together experts from agriculture, energy, government, science and society…

01.22.2020

Major NSF-sponsored grant will help researchers discover ways to improve urban sustainability

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

Dense urban areas use up more energy, water and food resources than they can produce themselves, forcing them to rely on external sources. But a team of researchers is imagining bold new ways to make Midwestern cities more self-reliant. The Sustainable Cities Research Team recently received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop…

01.10.2020

ISU researchers pave the way to make prairie strips eligible option for federal conservation program

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

U.S. farmers will be able to collect federal conservation payments for installing prairie strips on their land, and Iowa State University researchers helped bridge the gap between the latest science and federal policy. The 2018 Farm Bill, approved by Congress and signed into law December 2018, for the first time named prairie strips, or the strategic…

12.13.2019

Sorghum study illuminates relationship between humans, crops and the environment in domestication

By Fred Love, Iowa State University News Service

A new study that examines the genetics behind the bitter taste of some sorghum plants and one of Africa’s most reviled bird species illustrates how human genetics, crops and the environment influence one another in the process of plant domestication. The study untangles these factors to create a more complete look at crop domestication than…