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MSU Animal Agriculture Researchers Get $1.5M from Mich. Industry Group

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
MSU beef barn

The Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture (M-AAA) has announced it will invest nearly $1.5 million in 2017, more than twice the amount of previous years, to support research…

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MSU Students, Faculty Win Bronze Medal for Genetic Engineering

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Darwin Warga Kane, Pamela Himadewi, and Lauren Tamm

MSU’s first iGEM team earned a bronze medal in the International Genetic Engineered Machine Foundation competition in the fall. The team, dubbed Frosty the Cyanos, comprised three undergraduate…

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MSU Recieves $1M USAID Grant to Fight Zika in Mexico

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Zhiyong Xi (left), MSU associate professor of microbiology and molecular genetics, will use a $1 million USAID grant to build a mosquito factory in Yucatan, Mexico. The laboratory will be modeled after a facility in Guangzhou, China, a center that Xi leads in partnership with Sun Yat-sen University. Photo by Jim Peck

Michigan State University has landed a highly competitive grant from USAID to fight the Zika virus in Mexico. The $1 million grant was awarded to Zhiyong Xi, MSU…

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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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A Silent Animal Sickness: Bovine Leukemia Virus

Friday, December 9, 2016
MSU professor of large animal clinical sciences Paul Bartlett.

In the 1970s, less than 10 percent of U.S. dairy cows were affected by bovine leukemia virus (BLV) – a retrovirus that causes infection in dairy and beef cattle,…

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$12.7M Gift for Genetic Programming, Evolutionary Computation

Thursday, December 8, 2016
John Koza

The Michigan State University College of Engineering has received its largest individual gift in the history of the college. A $10.7 million bequest from a California entrepreneur joins…

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MSU to Lead $1.84 mil. Biodiversity Research Project

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Jenny Boughman

MSU integrative biologist Janette Boughman is the lead principal investigator of a five-year, $1.84 million National Science Foundation Dimensions of Biodiversity collaborative grant to pursue novel research studying…

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New Model Explains Barred Owls’ Domination

Thursday, December 1, 2016
Barred owls – unrivaled nocturnal predators and procreators – are moving into the Pacific Northwest. They’re encroaching on northern spotted owl (pictured) territories and outcompeting this smaller, threatened cousin. Photo by Ray Davis

Barred owls – unrivaled nocturnal predators and procreators – are moving into the Pacific Northwest. They’re encroaching on northern spotted owl territories and outcompeting this smaller, threatened cousin….

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Hyena’s Cooperative Behavior Reveals Social Evolution

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Submitting to mob mentality is always a risky endeavor, for humans or hyenas. A new Michigan State University study focusing on the latter, though, shows that when it…

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