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World-Renowned Scientists to Study Plant Resilience in New MSU Research Institute

The founding members of the MSU Plant Resilience Institute.

Current estimates indicate that agricultural production must nearly double by 2050 to feed the world’s growing population. Add the impacts of climate change and the scarcity of land…

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Why Do Consumers Participate in ‘Green’ Programs?

Friday, July 22, 2016

From recycling to reusing hotel towels, consumers who participate in a company’s “green” program are more satisfied with its service, finds a new study co-led by a Michigan…


Pros, Cons of Tinkering with Plants’ Light-Harvesting Capacity

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

We all learned about photosynthesis in school: Plants convert light energy into chemical energy, and that fuels most of the planet’s living beings. Yes… but not quite. Beronda…

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Stress Relief Makes for Healthier Corn Crops

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MSU researchers are partners in a collaborative research project that could provide some well-deserved relief to stressed-out corn crops. The group is studying how corn responds to environmental…

Tamesha Harewood and Claire Vallotton

Dads Play Key Role in Child Development

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Fathers play a surprisingly large role in their children’s development, from language and cognitive growth in toddlerhood to social skills in fifth grade, according to new findings from…

Dynamic Environmental Photosynthetic Imaging

MSU Builds ‘Test Track’ to Improve Crop Performance

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Michigan State University researchers have introduced a new Dynamic Environmental Photosynthetic Imaging (DEPI) system to “test-drive” plants so scientists and plant breeders can improve growth rates, hardiness, yields, and other results. “One way…

Alexander Johnson

Are Brain Changes Fueling Overeating in the Obese?

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Obese mice are much more likely than lean mice to overeat in the presence of environmental cues, a behavior that could be related to changes in the brain,…