Iowa State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences presented awards to faculty and staff March 9. The Team Award went to the Bioplastics for the Green Industry Team.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
CCUR 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.
Iowa 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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.