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Human Biosensor Can Predict Plant Diseases

Thursday, December 29, 2016
plant sensor

A biosensor developed at MSU to detect pathogens in humans has been reconfigured with plant genomic data to target specific plant pathogens. By combining research from plant pathology,…

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Proves Formidable Fruit Foe

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
MSU entomologist Rufus Isaacs works with his students and staff in the laboratory.

When a tiny invasive fly — the size of a grain of rice — called spotted wing drosophila (SWD) first arrived in California from Asia in 2008, researchers weren’t overly…

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Hunting Invasive Crayfish in Michigan Rivers and Streams

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
man netting crawfish samples in a river

In 2014, when Kelley Smith began his master’s degree program at MSU, crayfish were not on his professional radar. That changed when the Michigan Department of Natural Resources…

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Researchers Improve Biofuel Potential at Molecular Level

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Dan Ducat, assistant professor at the Plant Research Laboratory, and Derek Fedeson, phd student in genetics, pose in front a painting of a thermal spring on Tuesday December 13, 2016.

Michigan State University scientists have engineered “molecular Velcro” into to cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae’s biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research. The findings, featured in…

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MSU Researchers Study Wheat Disease in High Infestation Year

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
wheat rust

The fungal pathogen Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, more commonly known as wheat yellow or stripe rust, is often a passenger on wind gusts, such as storms and…

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‘Watershed Discovery’ Reveals Plants’ Medicinal Secrets

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Bjoern Hamberger

Metabolons, near-mythical clusters of enzymes, have been discovered for the first time. Using fluorescent tags and microscopy ­– molecular movie technology – scientists have confirmed their existence, thus…

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Ancient Chinese Malaria Remedy Fights TB

Monday, December 19, 2016
Robert Abramovitch with Chinese herb

A centuries-old herbal medicine, discovered by Chinese scientists and used to effectively treat malaria, has been found to potentially aid in the treatment of tuberculosis and may slow…

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New Architecture Book from MSU’s Bandes Explores Mid-Michigan

Monday, December 19, 2016
book cover for Mid-Michigan Architecture

Susan J. Bandes, professor of art history at Michigan State University and director of museum studies, has just published “Mid-Michigan Modern: From Frank Lloyd Wright to Googie” through MSU…

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12 MSU Researchers Earn Internal Funding for New Projects

Monday, December 19, 2016

Science and Society at State, or S3, a research program that supports scholarship across disciplines at Michigan State University, has awarded funding to 12 new research projects for…

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Stem Cells from the Mouse Embryo

Friday, December 16, 2016

Amy Ralston, associate professor and James K. Billman, Jr., M.D. Endowed Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, discusses the practical uses of stem cells and explains research findings…

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