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Iowa State's Industrial Playground

Original article by Ed Adcock in STORIES

The Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) and the BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF) were recently featured in the latest edition of the College of Agriculture and Life Science's STORIES. The article discussed how CCUR is helping companies refine their industrial processes to maximize efficiency and profits. Read more.




Food science professor comments on cadmium pollution risk study

Keith Vorst, associate professor of food science and human nutrition and CCUR affiliate, was asked to comment on a new study that showed that when exposed to sunlight, a commercially available cadmium red pigment rapidly dissolves in water, releasing the toxic metal. Vorst, who researches hazardous metals in consumer plastics and packaging, said the exposure to sunlight would unlikely enhance leaching of cadmium from intact plastics or ceramics colored with the pigment, because the pigment is locked into the solid polymer or ceramic. The article, "Sunlight surprise raises cadmium pollution risk," was published by Chemical and Engineering News. Read more. 

First round of Cyclone Scholar Summer Research Program a success

Original article by Whitney Sager, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

This summer 10 students participated in the first This summer 10 students participated in the first Cyclone Scholar Summer Research Program. The eight-week program pairs undergraduate students with professors in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition (FSHN) to conduct research related to food safety, food security and childhood obesity. Shannon Coleman, assistant professor of FSHN, is the director of the Cyclone Scholar Summer Research Program. Funding from the USDA NIFA made the program possible. 

Three CCUR affiliates were paired with three undergraduate students. Kurt Rosentrater, associate professor of agriculture and biosystems engineering, mentored Robin Cameron, a student from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Their project analyzed amaranth flour blends in wheat and white breads. Keith Vorst, associate professor of FSHN, was paired with Iowa State University student Kayla Johnson. Their project focused on the shelf-life extension of salad kits using light filtering and display case technology. Zhiyou Wen, professor of FSHN, mentored Elizabeth Esinor, a student at Syracuse University. Their project produced selenium-rich microalgae as a food and feed supplement. Read the original article here.

Grants awarded to CCUR and BCRF affiliates

Title: Use of High-oleic Soybean Oil and Soybean Oil Hardstock in Commercializing Soy-based Coating Waxes
Project Investigators: Tong Wang, Darren Jarboe, and Tao Fei
Funding Source: United Soybean Board

Title: Deriving a new biobased product from wastewater: Production of a time release algal-based fertilizer (Phase 2)
Project Investigators: Martin Gross, Zhiyou Wen, and Darren Jarboe
Funding Source: USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Small Business Innovation Research Program