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Engineers developing data-driven ‘FactBoard’ to improve factory operations

By Iowa State University News Service

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State’s Guiping Hu is leading a research team developing data-driven, real-time software technology to help improve factory floor operations, including manufacturing processes, logistics, safety and energy management. The $2.6 million project is supported, in part, by the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute and several industry collaborators.


Iowa State researchers evaluate milkweed species to enhance monarch butterfly conservation

By U.S. Department of Agriculture

A research team at Iowa State University — the Iowa Monarch Conservation Consortium — is studying how monarch butterflies grow and develop on various species of milkweed in hopes of unlocking the full potential of monarch habitat restoration efforts. Populations of these beautiful insects have decreased significantly over the past two decades, in part because of…


Iowa State joins call for increased federal support of food and agricultural science

By College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

AMES, Iowa — Iowa State University and 10 other prominent research institutions have joined with the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation in urging increased federal support of food and agricultural science. Their new report, Retaking the Field—Empowering Agricultural Sciences for Health, explores the success of research projects funded by the Agriculture and Food Research…

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Iowa State researchers awarded NSF grant to study ‘shrink-smart’ communities in Iowa

By Iowa State University News Service

AMES, Iowa — Why do some small communities still thrive as they lose population, and what can other shrinking communities learn from them to protect residents’ quality of life? Iowa State University researchers have received a one-year, $100,000 National Science Foundation planning grant to study “shrink-smart” communities in Iowa and develop tools to help all small and shrinking…

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Iowa State research team tests perennial cover crops to battle soil erosion, water quality issues

By Chelsea Davis, Office of the Vice President for Research

Iowa State University agronomists and horticulturalists have joined forces to find the best relationship between row crops and perennial cover crops. They were awarded a National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant this year as part of the agency’s effort to support research on agricultural systems and production of biomaterials and fuels. Ken Moore, David…