Iowa State University
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Research @ College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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For 150 years, Iowa State has worked to apply science that is relevant to the needs of agriculture and highly relevant to all Iowans. Historically, Iowa State has played a major role in scientific and technological advances in agriculture, life sciences and related fields.


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Extending the Lettuce Growing Season in a Mini-tunnel

Vegetable extension specialist Ajay Nair describes his research for the department of Horticulture at Iowa State University.
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Mission-Oriented

Research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is by its nature mission-oriented. The College historically has played a significant role in Iowa's economy and society, and through the application of science to the practical problems facing Iowa today, the College continues to be a vital and relevant force for positive change.

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Research to Advance Iowa Since 1888

Research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is conducted through the Iowa Agriculture and Home Economics Experiment Station. Since 1888, the Experiment Station has been charged to conduct organized research in the biological, physical and social sciences, to contribute to the advancement of all Iowa's agricultural industry and to improve the economic and social condition of Iowa's families and communities. The Experiment Station’s work represents the efforts of scientists in more than 35 departments, centers, and programs across the Iowa State campus. Although the work primarily focuses on areas in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Experiment Station also supports research in other colleges and cooperates with other states' experiment stations to ensure that attention is paid to critical problems, research results are shared and duplication is avoided.

Science-based Information through Extension

Much of the research in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has ISU Extension as its primary conduit for transferring the fruit of science and technology to Iowans. ISU Extension meets critical needs through the teamwork of campus faculty, a statewide corps of local Extension leaders and specialists and many trained volunteers.

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Harmon Named Interim Director of ISU?s Iowa Pork Industry Center

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Iowa State was the first land-grant institution.