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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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Benning and Ohlrogge

Enhancing the Value of Biofuel Crops with Plant-Based Oils

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Michigan State University’s Christoph Benning, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, is working to increase the energy density of cellulosic biofuel crops, such as grasses, woods, and the non-food…

William Chopnik

Liberals, Conservatives Differ in Response to bin Laden’s Death

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Conservative Americans remained unwaveringly suspicious of foreigners following Osama bin Laden’s death, while liberals dropped their guard briefly before returning to more vigilant beliefs, finds a provocative new…

Peter Lillehoj

MSU’s Lillehoj Gets Gates Grant to Develop Diagnostic Tool

Friday, June 24, 2016

A Michigan State University researcher will be the lead investigator for a Grand Challenges Explorations grant, an initiative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Peter Lillehoj, an…

wild bee

MSU Researchers Making Progress in Protecting Bees

Friday, June 24, 2016

It’s been four years since Michigan State University AgBioResearch entomologist Rufus Isaacs and his team set out to find methods that could help growers ensure their crops were…

Gary Troia

Teachers Like Common Core for Writing, Not Writing Tests

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Teachers believe the Common Core standards in their states can improve how they teach writing, but they also find plenty of shortcomings with the standards – and with…

Deborah Feltz

Video Game Uncovers Gender-Based Work-Out Differences

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

A Michigan State University researcher is using a video game to uncover key differences in what motivates men and women to go the “extra mile” during a workout….