Tag: Iowa State University

Iowa State University researchers find biochar ideal for slow-release fertilizer

Iowa State University researchers find biochar ideal for slow-release fertilizer

June 20, 2019 |

In Iowa, Iowa State University researchers weren’t looking for a slow-release fertilizer that could feed crops while protecting water quality, but they may have found one. Researchers looking to add value to biochar – a solid, porous co-product of heating corn stalks and other sources of biomass to produce liquid bio-oil in a process called […]

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U of Iowa contracts 800 acres for miscanthus to replace coal in energy production

U of Iowa contracts 800 acres for miscanthus to replace coal in energy production

April 25, 2017 |

In Iowa, researchers at the University of Iowa have contracted about 800 acres of land from 15 nearby farms to grow miscanthus for replacing coal in its energy supply. The university aims to eliminate coal use by 2025, using 10% miscanthus and the remainder from other biomass fuels. The project allows the university’s energy budget to […]

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Iowa State engineers develop nylon from sugar using yeast and electrocatalyst

Iowa State engineers develop nylon from sugar using yeast and electrocatalyst

February 11, 2016 |

In Iowa, engineers at Iowa State University have found a way to combine a genetically engineered strain of yeast and an electrocatalyst to efficiently convert sugar into a new type of nylon. Previous attempts to combine biocatalysis and chemical catalysis to produce biorenewable chemicals have resulted in low conversion rates. That’s usually because the biological […]

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Iowa State launches online survey of DDGS use among livestock producers

Iowa State launches online survey of DDGS use among livestock producers

April 30, 2013 |

In Iowa, Iowa State University has launched a survey among livestock producers to analyze their use of ethanol co-products in animal feed. Producers can participate in the online survey through June 19 at http://humansciences.ethanolcoproducts.sgizmo.com/s3/

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Waiving the RFS will not lower corn prices, reports find

Waiving the RFS will not lower corn prices, reports find

August 20, 2012 |

In Iowa, waiving the RFS will not result in lower corn prices, according to reports published by Iowa State University and Purdue University. The Purdue study indicated that flexibility already built into the RFS is enough to reduce corn prices without having to waive any requirements. In fact, if the EPA did waive the RFS, […]

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