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Africans’ Food: Now More Purchased, Perishable and Processed

Monday, October 16, 2017

David Tschirley, professor , Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (AFRE) at Michigan State University (MSU), is studying the economic changes taking place  in Africa today and…

Chinese Pandas Benefit from Conservation Efforts

Friday, October 13, 2017

For more than two decades, Spartan researchers have worked toward improving the plight of the panda in China. Led by MSU’s Jianguo “Jack” Liu, the results include policy…

Each cyanobacterium is 25 times smaller than a human hair. We are studying the fundamentals of energy capture and conversion in this organism in order to apply that knowledge for synthetic biology purposes Original by Eric Young.

Light-Sensitive Proteins Offer Potential ‘Custom’ Health Solutions

Thursday, October 12, 2017

We are inching closer to the day where we can use light to help cure diseases. The key is harnessing the power of  proteins that are sensitive to light. The Kerfeld…

Travis Hagey holding an anole

Geckos, Anoles Evolved Sticky Feet In Different Ways

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Travis Hagey, Michigan State University evolutionary biologist, shows how different groups of lizards – geckos and anoles – took two completely different evolutionary paths to developing the beneficial…

cyanobacteria

Identifying a New Family of Light-Responsive Proteins

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

When Han Bao started looking for a new  cyanobacteria species to study, she had no idea that the perfect candidate was just upstairs. Han is part of the Kerfeld lab’s project around…

Atsuko Kanazawa

Speeding Up Plants’ Production Cycle Can Destroy Them

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

For more than 15 years, Atsuko Kanazawa and her colleagues at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) have been working to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis – the process…