Evolutionary bottlenecks brought on by domestication have caused the genome of corn to retain harmful mutations over the course of millennia, according to a new study from Matthew Hufford, ecology, evolution and organ
An online database built by ISU scientists, including Walter Moss, biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology, provides a new tool with which researchers can study human biology.
ISU has had a SACNAS chapter for over four years, expanding the chapter size to 20 active members.
Sex chromosomes at the time of fertilization determines the sex of most snakes and lizards.
Jeanne Serb, ecology, evolution and organismal biology, has been appointed the new director for ISU’s Office of Biotechnology and chair of the Biotechnology Council. Her appointment begins Jan. 1.
Matthew Ellinwood, Jason Ross, Christopher Tuggle and Jack Dekkers, animal science, were recently issued a patent titled, “Genetic Test and Genetic Basis for SCID in Pigs.”
AMES, Iowa – The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is honoring an Iowa State researcher who studies the molecular mechanisms of plant viruses and another who develops software that unlocks the power of supercomputers.
Dr. Richard Martin’s work with parasites has led to many discoveries that has global relevance for both human and animal health. In recognition of his work in this field, Martin has been named the inaugural holder of the Dr.
A $1 million grant will help Thomas Lubberstedt and Kathleen Delate, agronomy, advance the genetics of corn varieties intended to be grown in organic settings. The project aims to improve the performance of field and sweet corn varieties in conditions unique to organic production systems
The National Science Foundation renewed the grant of Diane Bassham (genetics, development and cell biology professor) and Gustavo MacIntosh (biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology associate professor), effective Aug. 1.
Agronomy Hall may be the only building on campus with a boot scraper at most entrances – as many faculty, staff and students are doing field work. In a recent Facebook post, the agronomy department gave a shout out to their “awesome custodial crew!”
Tom Lubberstedt, agronomy, has been awarded a $1 million grant from USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Kan Wang was presented with the professorship at a medallion ceremony Oct. 6 by Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
ISU was ranked the third best college for agricultural sciences in a recent posting by Niche, a website that provides readers with information on choosing schools, from K-12 up through college.
Nick Serao, James Koltes and James Reecy, animal science, have been involved in developing the vision and agenda for the Livestock HTP and Big Data conference, scheduled for Nov. 13-14 in Beltsville, Md.
Matt Helmers and Basil Nikolau received the Dean Lee R. Kolmer Award for Excellence in Applied Research at the CALS convocation on Sept. 12.
Obituary of Peter A. Peterson
Ames, Iowa – Iowa State University researchers have received a grant to further develop innovative technology that allows them to scour the genome of zebrafish for genes that might lead to advances in human health.
Leonor Leandro, Larry Halverson and Gwyn Beattie, plant pathology and microbiology, and Matt Liebman, agronomy, received a three-year grant from USDA-NIFA’S Agriculture and Food Research Initiative on “Unraveling the Mechanisms Underlying Beneficial Impacts of Diversified Cropping Systems on Pest
Thomas Baum and Gary Munkvold, plant pathology and microbiology, were named Fellows at the 2017 American Phytopathological Society Annual Meeting, held Aug. 5-9 in San Antonio.
AMES, Iowa – Farmers often go to great lengths to keep viruses and aphids out of their fields, but Iowa State University scientists are imagining a future in which these harmful agents could be engineered to help crops.
Researchers at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI), the University of Minnesota, the University of California, Davis, and Iowa State University have received a four-year $10.3 million award to engineer insect-vectored viruses to express genes in maize that can help in combatting disease, drought,
AMES, Iowa – Dry weather forces plants to save energy by reducing their growth rate, but it’s not as if a plant can consult a rain gauge or weather report. So how do they know when to ease up on growth?
AMES, IA – Iowa State University researchers for the first time have mapped the various molecular components that govern how environmentally stressed plants interrupt their normal growth pathways by tapping into an important energy recycling function.
The research, published today in the peer-reviewed academic journal Developmental Cell, shows that autophagy, a system by which both plants and animals recycle energy and molecular components, plays a key role in slowing plant growth during times of stress.
Yanhai Yin, a professor of genetics, development and cell biology and a Plant Sciences Institute Faculty Scholar, said plants slow their growth when they experience stress such as drought, a prolonged lack of sunlight or any other low-energy circumstance. But teasing out the genetic interactions that result in slower growth has puzzled scientists for years.