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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…

05.03.2019

Study shows value of sharing energy – including wind and solar – across America’s grids

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State engineers contributed to a study of the economic value of significantly expanding the connections between the country’s eastern and western power grids. Expanding the connections could allow wind power from the Midwest and solar power from the Southwest to move back and forth across the country. The two-year, $1.5 million study was part…

04.17.2019

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

By Ed Adcock, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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 Agriculture Research (FFAR), The Rockefeller Foundation and Iowa State University today launched the Consortium for Innovation in Post-Harvest Loss and Food Waste Reduction at the 2019 Iowa International Outreach…

12.21.2018

Iowa State University Advances Saturated Riparian Buffers as a Promising Water-quality Practice for Crop Fields

By College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

A new technology for cleansing nutrients from water leaving Iowa’s tile-drained fields began with two Iowa State University researchers brainstorming after a professional meeting back in 2010. Their conversation led to development of saturated riparian buffers, a new conservation practice that is rapidly gaining interest in Iowa and far beyond.