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Archive: June 2019

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…

06.17.2019

Antioxidant puts up fight, but loses battle against toxic protein linked to Alzheimer’s disease

By Angie Hunt, Iowa State University News Service

New research may explain why an antioxidant that protects the brain is also associated with deterioration in areas susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease. The antioxidant, superoxide dismutase or SOD1, improves cognition, but an Iowa State University research team found SOD1’s protective benefits dramatically weaken when levels of tau proteins – a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease –…

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…

06.12.2019

New economic study shows combination of SNAP and WIC improves food security

By Angie Hunt, Iowa State University News Service

Forty million Americans, including 6.5 million children, are food insecure. Given the extent of food insecurity, a team of Iowa State University economists developed a methodology to analyze potential redundancies between two food assistance programs — SNAP and WIC. Their research shows that participating in both programs compared to SNAP alone increases food security by at…