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March 08, 2017

From Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture. Kevin Keener, CCUR director, and his team's research on the effects of high voltage atmospheric cold plasma (HVACP) processing on the quality of grape juice was published in the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture.

March 01, 2017

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.

March 01, 2017

A student presenting a poster to two other people.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.

March 01, 2017

The bioplastics team posing for a picture.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.

March 01, 2017

Image of Max Gangestad standing next to his algal wastewater treatment poster.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. 

March 01, 2017

Person using a centrifugeCCUR 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.

March 01, 2017

Workers standing in front of bio-polymer processing equipment.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.

March 01, 2017
  • 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
January 24, 2017

Iowa State University technology that improves the efficiency of wastewater reclamation using algae has gotten the attention of small Iowa communities and the largest wastewater treatment system in the world.

January 01, 2017

Person using evaporator equipmentCCUR assisted three Iowa companies with projects, Iowa State University researchers began work on a project that will evaluate various cooling technologies for produce and meats for quality and shelf-life extension, and a research group manufactured fertilizer pellets made from various formulations of algae, biochar, soy flour and polylactic acid.

January 01, 2017

Person explaining pyrolysis technology to two othersIowa State University will manage biorefinery projects for the new Manufacturing USA Institute, BCRF affiliates Robert C. Brown and R. Chris Williams were awarded a patent for a bio-oil formulation, and two BCRF student employees were recognized at the Iowa State Student Employee of the Year ceremony.

January 01, 2017
  • Keener helps develop new technique to produce trans-fat-free soybean oil
  • CCUR and BCRF exhibit at Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit
  • Biotech Innovation Showcase and Forum is March 21-22
  • CIRAS introduces new series on the future of manufacturing
  • Researchers publish results from horticultural bioplastics study
  • FSHN graduate students selected as finalists in major baking competition
  • Grants awarded to CCUR and BCRF affiliates
December 13, 2016

Researchers, including CCUR Director Kevin Kener, have developed a novel processing technology that prepares soybean oil without producing unhealthy trans-fats, which they say could help reformulation efforts.

November 01, 2016

As Iowa State University researchers Zhiyou Wen and Martin Gross worked in their lab to develop an algal growth technology to create algal biomass, they never imagined that what they developed would also solve a problem much bigger and way beyond the original scope of their initial project.

November 01, 2016

A person presenting a proposal to a large group of people in a classroom.The Center for Bioplastics and Biocomposites (CB2) held its year-end Industry Advisory Board Meeting at Iowa State University on Nov. 9-10. Sixteen project proposals were presented during the meeting and eight projects were selected for funding by the advisory board members.

November 01, 2016

Hui Wang treating agricultural material using a jet cooker.CCUR assisted three industry clients with pilot plant projects, a set of refrigerated food display cases were set up in the Technology Transfer Pilot Plant for a USDA-funded project, and a capstone project was completed using space and equipment in the Wet Processing Pilot Plant.

November 01, 2016

Person using a welder on large equipment.The latest issue of Biofuels Journal included a six-page feature on the thermochemical conversion research happening at the BioCentury Research Farm, installation began on the soil removal equipment, and four student teams completed capstone projects at the BCRF.

November 01, 2016
  • CCUR and BCRF exhibit at CIRAS Innovation Summit
  • Gross-Wen Technologies receives funding from Iowa Economic Development Board
  • Researchers explore environmental advantages of horticultural bioplastics
  • Change Agent: Angela Shaw
  • Bern receives Sukup Global Food Security Award
  • Clark named Virginia M. Gladney Professor
September 26, 2016

Kevin Keener is a professor in food science and human nutrition who serves as director of Iowa State University’s Center for Crops Utilization Research (CCUR) and BioCentury Research Farm (BCRF). He uses today’s technology to help solve worldwide food and fuel challenges.

September 07, 2016

From Ames Tribune

Gross-Wen Technologies, a biotechnology company based at the Iowa State University Research Park, is one of two Iowa companies to secure a share of $7.4 million in a new round of research and development grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

September 01, 2016

Iowa State engineers are working with Chevron U.S.A. to develop a pilot plant at the BioCentury Research Farm and study an advanced biorenewables technology called solvent liquefaction. The technology converts biomass such as quarter-inch wood chips into a bio-oil that can be processed into fuels or chemicals and a biochar that can enrich soils. The project is supported by a four-year, $3.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

September 01, 2016

Image of grain equipment.The Food & Beverage, Feed & Grain Processors Innovation Summit will be held Nov. 15 in Ames, Iowa. The day-long event will focus on the needs of food, beverage, feed, and grain processors. It will include a morning session with short, interactive, technology presentations followed by an afternoon session in a tradeshow-like environment. The summit is presented by the Center for Industrial Research and Service.

September 01, 2016

Group of students in white lab coats listening about canning techniques while one student uses equipment.CCUR assisted with several industrial projects, which included a soy protein extraction project for a company based in Mexico. FSHN 471 students used CCUR's wet processing pilot plant equipment to learn various drying and freezing techniques.

September 01, 2016

Corn stover being processed by agricultural equipment.A German research organization visited the BioCentury Research Farm to explore possible collaborations with Iowa State University. The BCRF also provided biomass feedstock preparation services to two clients, which included processing 8 tons of corn stover and 4 tons of switchgrass.

September 01, 2016
  • Students gathered around a display booth talking with booth attendants.CCUR and BCRF attend Iowa State's National Bioenergy Day event
  • ISU Startup Factory and Vermeer Corporation event features three companies assisted by CCUR and BCRF
  • CB2 exhibits at world's biggest plastics trade fair
  • Grewell selected to serve on Biotechnology Council
  • Colonna and Glatz co-author paper on new rapid screening technique for assessing toxicity in biosurfactants
  • Grants Awarded to CCUR and BCRF Affiliates

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