March-April 2017 Newsletter

CCUR and CIRAS share experiences on technology transfer partnerships at MEP Summit

The Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) and the Center for Industrial Research and Service (CIRAS) gave a presentation on technology transfer partnerships at the 2017 Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Summit held April 30-May 3 in Denver. Read More >>

Students present their research poster to a judge.

Poster competition highlights research on food, feed and biorenewables

The Center for Crops Utilization Research and the BioCentury Research Farm hosted a poster competition April 20 for Iowa State University undergraduate and graduate students engaged in food, feed and biorenewables research. Twelve posters were entered. Awards were given to the top three undergraduate student posters and the top three graduate student posters. Read More >>

Bioplastics Research Team

Bioplastics team receives award for improving the sustainability of specialty crop production

The Bioplastics for the Green Industry Team was presented the Team Award by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences for their contributions to improve the sustainability of specialty crop production. Read More >>


Max Gangestad

Gangestad presents research on algal wastewater treatment technology at the State Capitol

Max Gangestad, a senior in agricultural engineering, presented a research poster on algal wastewater treatment at the "Research in the Capitol" on March 28 at the State Capitol building in Des Moines. He was one of 25 Iowa State University undergraduate students selected to present a poster and meet with Iowa legislators. Read More >>

Pilot Plant Manager Hui Wang checks the protein extracts separated by a stack disc centrifuge

Pilot Plant Update

CCUR assisted a Canadian-based company with a vegetable protein extraction project and three FSHN 412 student teams used the pilot plant equipment to develop new food products. Read More >>

Bio-Polymers Processing Facility

BioCentury Research Farm Update

The Bio-Polymer Processing Facility celebrated its first production run, a new tractor on loan to the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems engineering will be use at the BCRF and surrounding research farms and the BCRF completed several milling projects for on- and off-campus projects. Read More >>

News Briefs

  • A study on the effect of non-thermal treatment on grape juice was published
  • Food scientists receive National Innovation Award
  • Former FSHN Chair, Earl Hammond, dies
  • Retired BBMB faculty member and CCUR affiliate John Robyt dies at 82
  • Snapchat takeover features students working in CCUR pilot plant
  • Students place in flexible packaging competition
  • CCUR student intern selected for CYstarters Program