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September 17, 2017

Obituary of Peter A. Peterson

August 29, 2017

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.

August 28, 2017

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

August 21, 2017

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.

August 18, 2017

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.

August 02, 2017

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,

July 14, 2017

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?

July 12, 2017

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.
 

July 12, 2017

This summer, in cornfields in Iowa and Nebraska, about a thousand small point-and-shoot digital cameras will be enclosed in waterproof cases, mounted on poles and attached to solar-powered battery chargers.

July 11, 2017

Brugia malayi, the parasitic nematode shown here, infects around 2 million people in tropical regions of Africa, South America and Asia.  AMES, Iowa – Recently published research from Iowa State University biomedical scientists details new methods for studying a parasitic nematode that sickens millions worldwide, a development that could lead to improved therapies.  Richard Martin, a Distinguished Professor of biomedical sciences, has developed a means of determining the function of individual genes in Brugia malayi, a parasitic nematode that threatens populations in tropical regions of Africa, South America and Asia. The advancement will allow researchers to evaluate treatments that combat the disease caused by the parasites. The new method also may help scientists understand how the parasites develop resistance to medication, Martin said.

July 11, 2017

Ask people in the research business if they have a wish list, and many will answer in the affirmative.  “There are always different things you want to see done,” says Jim Reecy, an animal scientist and director of the Office of Biotechnology at Iowa State University.  Much of Reecy’s work involve

July 11, 2017

When you drive over Gateway Bridge from Iowa to Illinois you’ll reach the Thomson Causeway Recreation Area, an island campground in the middle of the Mississippi River surrounded by marshland.

July 11, 2017

John NasonAmes, Iowa — John Nason has been named the chair of the Department of Ecolo

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