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Commercial cultivation of Bt crops began in 1996 and has provided many benefits to farmers and the agricultural community including effective management of key pests and reduced use of conventional insecticides. In 2012, Bt crops covered over 69 million hectares (170 million acres) worldwide. Most of this area was planted to Bt corn and Bt cotton. In Iowa, over 75% of the corn planted in 2012 produced at least one Bt toxin. The widespread use of this technology places intense selection on pest populations to evolve Bt resistance.
The AgEdS450 Farm is the ONLY completely student managed farm at a land grant university in the United States. The AgEdS 450 Farm allows students to be involved in everyday management decisions and practices of a typical central Iowa farm. This is a capstone course for Agricultural Studies Majors.
Iowa's AgDiscovery program helps teenagers learn about careers in Veterinary Medicine, Animal Science, Laboratory Technology and Wildlife Ecology. Students live on the Iowa State University campus and learn from university professors, scientists who work for the U.S. government, and local agricultural producers and animal welfare and management organizations.
The Iowa State University Agricultural Endowment was founded in 1937 to help Iowa farm families survive and thrive. Throughout our history, we have worked to keep families on the farm and to ensure the ISU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences plays an important role in supporting the agriculture industry in Iowa.
Includes information on field specialists, farm business management,gardens, food safety, water quality, value-added agriculture.
Ambrosia fungi are a diverse group of species associated with ambrosia beetles, insects that rely on fungal agriculture to survive. They are currently known to be in two major groups: Raffaelea in the Ophiostomatales, and several genera within the Microascales, including Ambrosiella, Meredithiella, and Phialophoropsis in the Ceratocystidaceae and Fusarium. This site aims to be a source of information for all known species in both genera as well as a resource for methods for the successful isolation and identification of these fungi from beetle specimens.
The first Iowa settlers called for a new kind of college - one based on science and open to all; one dedicated to the education of the working people of Iowa. That was in 1846. Iowa had started building an ag college when the Morrill Act of 1862 passed. The timing was perfect, and Iowa was the first state to accept the provisions of the act.
Preparing the next generation of farmers in Iowa
The BCB program provides exciting research opportunities with more than 70 nationally and internationally known faculty - biologists, computer scientists, mathematicians, statisticians, and physicists - who participate in a wide range of collaborative projects.
Biology IT is a collaborative effort of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. We work with faculty, staff and graduate students in the biological sciences to ensure that their computing experience is fast, stable and secure. We provide system support, backup, software licensing, research IT consulting and access to high-performance computers.
Iowa State University is a major center for research and education in the biological sciences. Students have the opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s leaders in biological research and teaching and to participate in innovative, meaningful research projects that explore frontiers of biology. Few other universities have such a wealth of faculty expertise available to undergraduate students.
The objective of this study is to quantify variation in antler characteristics across Iowa and identify if there are any ecological factors such as land-use type, the amount of vegetation, or soil type associated with that variation. We hypothesize that the row crop agriculture found across the majority of the state provides deer populations across Iowa sufficient access to quality nutrition such that age and genetics are the main factors responsible for variation in antler characteristics and that ecological factors will have minimal influence.
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The goal of the ISU Campus Community Partnership for Health (CCPH) is to create mutually beneficial partnerships between the University and community agencies to enhance the promotion of healthy lifestyles in Story County and Central Iowa.
An interdisciplinary research team of faculty members has been assembled at Iowa State University and the University of Kentucky. The areas of expertise within the group range from physiology, biochemistry, toxicology, and virology, to molecular biology, pest management, and plant science. State of the art technologies such as next-generation sequencing, RNA interference, small RNA analysis, high throughput screening, functional genomics and proteomics are used by the team members. Faculty members at both sites have ready access to outstanding biotechnology and bioinformatics facilities.
The Center for Metabolic Biology (CMB) facilitates, encourages, and sponsors innovative and fundamental molecular research that will lead to a comprehensive understanding of metabolic networks and systems. The goal of the Center is to generate the fundamental understanding of metabolism that will provide the basis for designing novel biological pathways for biochemical constituents that improve the nutritional quality of agricultural products and generate novel biorenewable sources of industrial feedstocks.
The Certificate in Computing Applications is a cross-disciplinary course of study in the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Business. It is designed for undergraduates not already enrolled in majors in Computer Science, Software Engineering, or Computer Engineering who wish to enhance their degree and employment possibilities by adding expertise in computing applications. The certificate program focuses on teaching students the essential skills required to develop and use computing applications in their subject domains.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is proud to award well over $3 million in scholarships to our students each year. Thanks to the generous donations of businesses, organizations and individual families, we offer a wide variety of awards to suit our students’ varying needs.
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CAD is located in Ames, Iowa and provides Foundation Seed of the germplasm developed at Iowa State University, as well as offering other services to benefit agriculture.
We are a group of people who are interested in computational methods for learning from big multimedia data and for high performance retrieval of big multimedia data. Our current data sources are medical video, social network data, and government data.
Current Cucurbit
Helps organic growers find solutions to cucurbit wilt disease and row cover usage.
A university curriculum committee focused on analytics and big data.
The Department of Agricultural Education and Studies has as its focus the teaching and learning processes. All three elements of the land-grant philosophy - learning, discovery, and engagement - are part of the department's emphasis on the educational processes, and how these processes impact our clientele in a variety of agricultural settings.
The Animal Science Department at Iowa State University invites you to get to know our outstanding faculty and staff and current students to become familiar with our diverse programs in the animal sciences. Our departmental programs integrate science, practice, and innovation to serve the immediate needs of animal industries.
Our undergraduate programs are designed to train computer scientists, information technologists, and software engineers for productive, life-long careers. Such education equips students with a sound knowledge of the foundations of computer science, and problem solving and system design skills necessary for designing and building robust, efficient, reliable, scalable, and flexible software systems. The department offers strong undergraduate programs leading to a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Software Engineering.
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Organismal Biology (EEOB)
The Department of Economics is one of the oldest and most recognized units on the Iowa State University campus. It has a long and interesting history that is described further in our online timeline. The Department of Economics is currently jointly administered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Read the Department Governance Document.
The ISU Entomology Department has a long history of responsiveness, excellence, training students for leadership roles and developing innovative and practical solutions to insect-based challenges in public health and agriculture. Entomologists at Iowa State University have engaged in teaching, research, and extension for more than a century. Professor Herbert Osborn taught the nation's first entomology course in 1880, beginning a tradition of excellence in basic and applied entomology.
Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
The Department of Genetics, Development, and Cell Biology (GDCB) focuses primarily on biological function at the cellular and subcellular level, using molecular, genetic, computational and biochemical approaches to understanding biological function.
July 1, 2002 marked the beginning of a new era in natural resource education, research, and extension at Iowa State University. The formation of the Natural Resource Ecology and Management Department through the merger of the Animal Ecology and Forestry Departments provided the means and facilities to continue the growth of our programs in forestry, fisheries, wildlife, and wood science; while providing the platform on which to build new programs. Historians often like to say that the past is the prologue for the future.
The Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Iowa State University has a simple mission: We benefit society by protecting and enhancing plant health. However, as simple as this mission may sound, the implications of what it means to our tasks in research, teaching, and extension are immense.
The Department of Statistics was established in 1947 and it is housed in Snedecor Hall on the Iowa State University Campus in Ames, Iowa. The primary mission of the Department and the Statistical Laboratory is the advancement of statistical knowledge.
This website is intended as a hub for information on resources and training related to digital access (popularly known as web accessibility) at Iowa State.
For me, birding and my interest in birds began in the late 1970s when I was about age 8. My first introduction to birds came from my father, James J. Dinsmore, then an ornithologist at the University of Tampa (Florida). My earliest birding trips consisted of helping my father survey and band colonial waterbirds (mainly Laughing Gulls and several species of terns) in and around Tampa Bay. At first, birding was a casual pastime for me, but it became a bit more infectious in the 1980s when I obtained a driver's license.
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Environmental Science provides an integrated, quantitative, and interdisciplinary approach to the study of environmental systems.
The Environmental Studies Program deals with the relationship between humans and nature, or between humans and natural systems.
The mission of Epsilon Sigma Phi is to foster the standards of excellence in the Extension System and to develop the Extension Profession and Professional.
The Excellence in Extension Fund is designed to improve and enrich the quality of educational programs offered by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.
ISU Extension Finance is responsible for managing ISU Extension's Federal & State allocation of funds, including: budgeting, analysis and financial reporting.
Under mentor supervision, teams of undergraduate students design and complete ecological research projects in a field setting. Each team also creates a teaching activity based on their research project. Teams engage community members and K-12 students in their teaching activity during a field day, and through visits to schools and other institutions. ISU students gain experience in written, visual, and oral communication by developing research and teaching activity proposals, research reports and outreach materials, and by delivering a presentation of project results.
The Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management has built an Aquatic Research Facility at an ISU farm north of Ames. the ponds are now in use to support fisheries and aquatic research in the Department.
The Flooding and the National Flood Insurance Program is a series of web-based videos designed to educate local officials and the general public about floodplains, flood risks, and basic floodplain management principles.

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