Living in laboratory flasks across the globe, cell cultures are hiding a lot of key insights in plain view of lab technicians developing medical therapies. “The health of a cell is the key parameter,” said Nigel Reuel, Iowa State University associate professor of chemical and biological engineering.   Despite the importance of constant surveillance of cell […]

Global ingredient manufacturer Kemin Industries received a U.S. patent for the use of a proprietary strain of algae in treating human immune function and intestinal inflammation, the company announced this week. This is Kemin’s second patent featuring the beta-glucan in Kemin’s BetaVia Complete and BetaVia Pure ingredients. In the functional ingredient market, algae surpassed $800 […]

Ankeny-based PowerPollen has successfully patented its pollination-on-demand technology, the company announced last week. PowerPollen’s pollination technology applies collected pollen to female plants directly rather than relying on the male plant’s pollen shedding window, which maximizes yield and reduces the impact of adverse weather, PowerPollen said in a statement.

Seven international startup companies will join the first six-week Cultivo Virtual Academy, America’s Cultivation Corridor announced. The program is designed to provide participants with networking and mentorship among Iowa’s agricultural leaders and an online curriculum focused on U.S. market entry, regulatory and financing systems and customer perspectives. The program begins April 13. Participating companies are Australian […]

A mockup of the mobile Farmmee platform, expected to launch this spring. Contributed image A new mobile app launching for agricultural producers this spring is designed to connect farmers with equipment to farmers with jobs, the founders say. The Farmmee app is expected to launch after April 1 following a year of development and piloting […]

Haber Technologies Inc., developer of the DRI-Stack grain drying and aeration system, received the 2021 Davidson Prize from the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineer (ASABE) and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers during the virtual Commodity Classic event. The Davidson Prize celebrates breakthrough innovations in areas of agricultural, food and biological systems engineering, the ASABE […]

Researchers at Iowa State University received a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study how manure management systems in livestock production affect the development of bacteria capable of resisting antibiotics, ISU announced this week. The majority of antibiotics used today are in animal production; the researchers […]

FarmlandFinder is launching a sale-leaseback program of agricultural land as part of its online marketplace for farmland, CEO Steven Brockshus announced on Tuesday. The program allows an investor to acquire the land from the farm owner-operator and then lease it back on a long-term basis, which provides liquidity to farmers while helping them maintain ongoing […]

The Iowa Biotechnology Association (IowaBio) is now accepting nominations for this year’s Iowa Biotech Leader Award, to be presented during the annual Iowa Biotech Showcase & Conference on March 3. The award is sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health USA Inc. and will be presented to an individual who has demonstrated leadership, innovation and advocacy. […]

John Deere announced four new companies to its 2021 Startup Collaborator program: Nori (developing a carbon market), NVision Ag (developing nitrogen management decisions), Scanit (offering detection and classification of airborne plant pathogens) and Teleo (converting construction and mining equipment into tele-operated robots). Launched in 2019, the yearlong program enables John Deere and selected startup companies […]