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Iowa Soybean Research Center

in collaboration with the Iowa Soybean Association

Newsletter April 2024


ISRC Holds Meeting of Research Affiliates

affiliates meeting participants
Above left, Michelle Soupir, ag and biosystems engineering, offers up research ideas from her small group. Above right, clockwise from left, Steve Whitham and Thomas Baum, plant pathology, entomology and microbiology, Michelle Graham, USDA-ARS, Gary Munkvold, seed science and Matt Helmers, ag and biosystems engineering, discuss and identify research gaps.

The ISRC held a meeting of its research affiliates on April 8. The main activity was to identify gaps in soybean research. Nearly 30 ISU scientists participated in the meeting. ISRC Co-director Greg Tylka started the meeting by introducing the staff of the ISRC and the newest member of the center, Co-director Danny Singh. Tylka also gave an overview of the centers funding and discussed the benefits of researchers collaborating on similar research ideas. The ISRC celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and has funded more than $2.5 million in soybean research so far. Read more...

Happy National Soy Foods Month!

Vegan Chocolate Raspberry Pie

April is Soy Foods Month and the ISRC is celebrating by trying some of the recipes from the Soyfoods Council website. As an ingredient, soy can be incorporated into a diet in many different ways: tofu, soymilk, soy flour, tempeh, edamame, soy nuts, and miso. Read more... 





ISRC Affiliates Provide Research Updates & Lab Tours

Steve Whitham gives a tour of his lab.The ISRC hosted a visit of the Iowa Soybean Association‘s communications team on February 12. The team held their staff retreat at ISU, spending the better part of the day at the Advanced Teaching and Research Building, which houses several plant pathology, entomology and microbiology researchers affiliated with the ISRC and who have received project funding from the ISRC and ISA. Read more...



ISRC Marking 10th Anniversary 

ISRC to celebrate 10th anniversary

The ISRC will celebrate its 10-year anniversary on July 1. To mark the occasion, the center is planning a number of events throughout the year.





ISA & NCSRP Funding Proposal Submission Deadlines

ISA and NCSRP logosThe Iowa Soybean Association (ISA) and the North Central Soybean Research Program (NCSRP) recently released requests for proposals. Read more...





ISRC Sponsors Speaker on Soybean Gall Midge 

Justin McMechan, UNLIn recognition of the ISRC’s yearlong, 10th anniversary celebration, the center is sponsoring seminar speakers to give presentations at Iowa State University on a variety of soybean-related topics. On April 2, the ISRC sponsored Justin McMechan, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, as part of ISU’s Department of Plant Pathology, Entomology and Microbiology spring seminar series. Read more...



Researcher Spotlight: Gwyn Beattie

Gwyn BeattieISRC affiliate Gwyn Beattie is the Robert Earle Buchanan Distinguished Professor of Bacteriology for Research and Nomenclature in the Department of Plant Pathology, Entomology and Microbiology at Iowa State. Beattie is interested in understanding the many benefits microbes provide to plants, including enhancing their resilience to stress. Toward this end, her research team is exploring how microbiomes on soybean roots are influenced by stress.  Read more...



Get to Know IAC Rep: Chris Souder, Bayer Crop Science

Chris Souder, BayerChris Souder is the global R&D crop efficiency portfolio manager for Bayer Crop Science. He serves as Bayer’s representative on the ISRC’s Industry Advisory Council. As the ISRC celebrates its 10-year anniversary this year, it is important to note that Bayer is one of the center’s original industry partners. Read more...




Ed Anderson Recipient of 2024 Tom Oswald Legacy Award

Ed AndersonThe United Soybean Board presented Ed Anderson with the Tom Oswald Legacy Award at the 2024 Commodity Classic in Houston, Texas. Read more...






ISRC Affiliates and Collaborators Receive Awards

CALS award recipientsFive ISRC research affiliates and collaborators were honored and recognized at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Spring Awards Program on March 27. Read more...



Upcoming Events

May 2, 7:30-9:30am, Student Omelet Breakfast at the ISU Memorial Union. Sponsored by the Iowa Soybean Research Center, Iowa Food & Family Project, Iowa Egg Council and the North Central Poultry Association.

June 18, ISRC & Artificial Intelligence Institute for Resilient Agriculture will host the ISA Board for a research day at ISU.

July 1, 2:00 pm, Agronomy Hall, ISRC 10th anniversary celebration.

August 1, ISRC Meals from the Heartland meal packaging event at Hansen Agriculture Student Learning Center Atrium, ISU for Soybean Month in Iowa.

September 5, research day for ISRC industry partners highlighting research funded by the center.

September 6, ISRC’s annual Industry Advisory Council meeting at the ISU Alumni Center.

Each Wednesday at Noon - Iowa Learning Farms Webinars


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