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Archive: November 2016

self-fertilizing bioplastic container

Iowa State University scientists explore environmental advantages of horticultural bioplastics

By Iowa State University News Service

AMES, Iowa – New bioplastic materials may enable gardeners to tend their plants more sustainably and could even help plants “self-fertilize” and grow healthier roots, according to research conducted by Iowa State University horticulturists. Bioplastics present a range of environmental advantages, such as improved biodegradability, that conventional petroleum-based plastics can’t claim, said William Graves, associate…


Presidential funding helps launch new internal funding programs to advance innovative early-stage research and instrumentation

By Office of the Vice President for Research

The Office of the Vice President for Research has launched two new internal funding programs to advance cutting-edge research. A seed grant program will support new directions in early-stage research and an instrumentation cost-sharing program will help build Iowa State’s research infrastructure. “Solutions to the grand challenges facing our society will require ambitious, brand-new interdisciplinary…

Eve Syrkin Wurtele

ISU scientist receives NSF grant to study origins and functions of orphan genes in corn and other crops

By Iowa State University News Service

AMES, Iowa – An Iowa State University scientist is leading an effort funded by a National Science Foundation grant to identify the origins and functions of “orphan genes” in the genomes of corn and other crops. The four-year, $2.175 million grant will enable Eve Syrkin Wurtele, a professor of genetics, development and cell biology, and…


Professor Pamela Riney-Kehrberg edits a major new book on the history of rural America

By Department of History

“Routledge has just published a major new anthology, The Routledge History of Rural America, edited by Professor of History Pamela Riney-Kehrberg, who also wrote the introduction, contributed an essay, and co-authored another essay in the volume. In addition to Professor Riney-Kehrberg, among the twenty-six contributors are current ISU history faculty Jeff Bremer, Julie Courtwright, and…