Applying science to advance crop production systems while protecting and improving air, soil and water quality. From basic molecular-level discovery to field-oriented applied projects, grant funded research is conducted on farms across the state as well as greenhouses and growth chambers in the off season providing tremendous hands-on experience at all degree levels.

The Office of the Vice President for Research serves the research community at Iowa State University by providing essential services such as faculty development, training and mentorship; grant proposal and award support; and research compliance support.

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Genetic architecture of photosynthesis in Sorghum bicolor under non-stress and cold stress conditions

October 25, 2017

Sorghum (Sorghum bicolor L. Moench) is a C4 species sensitive to the cold spring conditions that occur at northern latitudes, especially when coupled with excessive light, and that greatly affect the photosynthetic rate. The objective of this study was to discover genes/genomic regions that control the capacity to cope with excessive energy under low temperature conditions during the vegetative growth period.


Accelerating Corn Elite Selections (ACES) Organic Breeding Program: Novel Strategies To Develop Field and Sweet Corn For Organic Producers

October 25, 2017

AMES, Iowa – Organic agriculture practices eschew many synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, putting pressure on crops that conventional farming circumvents. That means an organic farmer who doesn’t use herbicides, for instance, would value crop varieties better suited to withstand weeds.



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