Research

As a child, I remember feeling hungry most of the time. Growing up in rural Tanzania, I walked to school barefoot and most of the time had one meal a day. After school, I helped my mother with various farming chores, including feeding the animals, weeding, harvesting and planting. I often heard my mother express concerns about the lack of ways to protect our crops from drought, pests and diseases. I wanted to help my mother but was too young to understand what the solution might be.

By Fred Love, University News Service

AMES, Iowa – The immense number of possible hybrids that can be created from inbred corn plants can leave plant breeders wondering where to start when attempting to produce new crop varieties with desirable traits. But new research from an Iowa State University agronomist shows how advanced data mining techniques can enhance the efficiency of the process.

 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences recently selected outstanding faculty and staff to be awarded for their contributions to the education, service, research, and dedication that makes CALS so great. The Department of Agronomy would like to recognize our very own who were awarded.

 

 

Anti-GMO sentiment holds back agricultural advancement in the developing world, but an Iowa State University agronomist hopes his research will clarify the scientific consensus and spark wider acceptance of the technology in Africa.

The Iowa Crop Performance Tests are gearing up for their 100th year of gauging the yields of hundreds of seed varieties, an annual effort that helps farmers decide what seeds to plant the following year.

Faster conversion of land into agricultural production in recent years has raised the region’s carbon cost of producing grains, according to recently published research from an Iowa State University scientist.

AMES, Iowa – The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is honoring seven Iowa State University researchers for their work in agriculture, biological sciences, chemistry and engineering, including our Dr. Jianming Yu.

The seven are among 416 researchers from around the world who make up this year’s class of AAAS Fellows, the association announced today. The new fellows are being recognized “because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.” Dr. Yu joins the limited company of only 40 other faculty at Iowa State University as a AAAS Fellow.

The Department of Agronomy is mourning a treasured member of our faculty. Dr. Raymond Arritt has passed away after experiencing a stroke. Dr. Arritt was an integral part of our agricultural meteorology team for 25 years. He was a valued contributor to research, not only within our department but around the world. Dr. Arritt’s research focused on aspects of weather and climate that relate to the land surface and agriculture including crop cover and soil moisture, changes in rainfall extremes over the central U.S. and the long-distance dispersion of pollen.

Mahdi Al-Kaisi, a professor of agronomy at Iowa State University, was part of a team of scientists that developed a national research agenda for carbon dioxide removal and sequestration.

USDA OREI ACES

Our project advances goals one and eight of the USDA OREI Program: 1. Facilitating the development of organic agriculture production, breeding, and processing methods. 8. Developing new and improved seed varieties that are particularly suited for organic agriculture. Moreover, the project addresses priority area (4) for FY2017: Strengthen organic crop seed systems, including seed and transplant production and protection, and plant breeding for organic production, with an emphasis on publically available releases.

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