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12.21.2018

Iowa State University Advances Saturated Riparian Buffers as a Promising Water-quality Practice for Crop Fields

By College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

A new technology for cleansing nutrients from water leaving Iowa’s tile-drained fields began with two Iowa State University researchers brainstorming after a professional meeting back in 2010. Their conversation led to development of saturated riparian buffers, a new conservation practice that is rapidly gaining interest in Iowa and far beyond.

10.31.2018

Engineers develop ‘bury-and-forget’ sensors, data networks for better soil, water quality

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

Iowa State’s Jonathan Claussen, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, is leading a team of engineers developing a system of low-cost, “bury-and-forget” soil sensors connected to a remote, wireless, data-collection network. Data collected by the system will help the engineers build better models of the interactions of fertilizer, soil and crops. Those models could help…

10.16.2018

Researchers develop, test new system for making biorenewable chemicals

By Mike Krapfl, Iowa State University News Service

The U.S. Department of Energy is supporting development of a new system for producing biobased chemicals that’s based on the idea of “bioprivileged molecules.” Researchers at the Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (CBiRC) based at Iowa State University introduced the idea last year, saying such molecules have new and valuable properties that aren’t possible from petrochemicals.

09.04.2018

NSF awards $10 million for development, dissemination of genomic tools in diverse species

By National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Enabling Discovery through Genomic Tools (EDGE) program has made 11 new awards, totaling approximately $10 million, to develop genomic tools that will allow biologists to identify mechanisms that determine how genes affect an organism’s physical and functional characteristics. Amy Toth, associate professor of ecology, evolution and organismal biology at Iowa…