Videos showcasing research being conducted in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Vegetable extension specialist Ajay Nair describes his research for the department of Horticulture at Iowa State University.
Cynthia Haynes, horticulture professor, conducts research primarily on how to teach horticulture and the human issues related to horticulture. She has published research on youth programming and perceptions of volunteers at public gardens. She's also surveyed businesses to determine the value of the ornamental horticulture industry in Iowa.
Biomass Cropping Systems
Lisa Schulte-Moore, an associate professor in natural resource ecology and management, is coordinating systems research that is looking for ways to strategically manage agricultural landscapes to produce biomass and reduce carbon levels.
Iowa State researcher Patrick Schnable, Baker Professor of agronomy, and his team helped sequence the maize genome, announced in the Nov. 20 of Science magazine. His team developed methods for the assembly of maize genome sequence data and conducted much of the ongoing functional analysis work.
Hank Harris, a professor of animal science and veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, has studied infectious diseases for 40 years. During that time, he and his colleagues have made multiple discoveries that benefited the pork industry. He began studying infectious diseases in shrimp in 2002 after scientists from the Oceanic Institute in Hawaii contacted him about his work with pigs and realized they could apply those methods to shrimp. Harris is also investigating the use of ethanol production byproducts as a food source for shrimp.
Rick Hall, forestry professor in the natural resource ecology and management department, is currently researching the selection of genetically improved cottonwoods, aspens and other tree species for use in the biofuels and new products industries.
Anna Johnson, assistant professor of animal science, is an expert in animal behavior. Since joining the Iowa State faculty in 2005, she's developed an active research program of her own and become involved in several collaborative research projects across campus.
Matt O'Neal, assistant professor of entomology, talks about managing soybean aphids using multiple tools that include biological controls to increase beneficial insects, efficient use of insecticides and developing aphid resistant soybean varieties.
Robert Horton developed the heat pulse probe, which measures variations in soil temperature by depth and time. Horton, a Charles F. Curtiss Distinguished Professor in agronomy, said scientists need a better understanding about the top six inches of soil that is the base of a food chain that supports over 6 billion people.
Gary Munkvold, Iowa State University associate professor of plant pathology and Seed Science Center Endowed Chair, does research on diseases that affect the production and utilization of seeds and the management of mycotoxigenic fungi in corn.
Climate Change in Iowa
Gene Takle, professor of agronomy and geological and atmospheric sciences, discusses his research on the use of atmospheric models to study regional climate changes. Takle is the director of the Climate Science Initiative.