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International Team of Scientists Find New Bird Species

Thursday, January 21, 2016
himalayan-forest-thrush

A new species of bird has been discovered in northeastern India and adjacent parts of China by a team of scientists from Sweden, China, the U.S., India and…

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Regrowing Bone to Heal Fractures

Monday, January 18, 2016

The risk of fracturing a bone is high whether on a sports field or battlefield. Kurt Hankenson, a Michigan State University veterinary scientist and expert in bone regeneration,…

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MSU Animal Ag Scientists Awarded $600k for Research

Monday, December 28, 2015
cows

Fifteen Michigan State University (MSU) researchers and Extension specialists have received more than $600,000 in grants to be used to help advance the state’s animal agriculture industry. The…

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Decline of Wild Bees Threatens U.S. Crops

Monday, December 21, 2015

The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they’re disappearing in many of the country’s most-important farmlands. If losses of these crucial pollinators continue, the new…

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The Birds of ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Turtle Dove

Ever wondered about all the birds mentioned in the holiday standard, “The Twelve Days of Christmas?” Michigan State University’s Pamela Rasmussen, integrative biologist and coordinator of MSU’s global bird…

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MSU Leads the World’s Efforts to Prevent Food Fraud

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Donkey

Michigan State University has not only defined the term “food fraud,” but the university also is helping the United States and other countries establish the strategies to fight…

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One Hundred Years of Statistical Developments in Animal Breeding

Friday, December 4, 2015

Dr. Daniel Gianola, University of Wisconsin-Madison, presented an overview of statistical developments in animal breeding to a group of MSU researchers on December 4, 2015. In his presentation,…

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MSU’s Gore Studies Global Animal Trafficking

Monday, November 23, 2015
turtle

Despite his adorable appearance, Julius is not your normal household pet. A sulcata tortoise, he will grow to weigh nearly 200 pounds and measure approximately 3 feet in…

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MSU to Study Use of Falcons to Protect Orchards

Monday, November 16, 2015
Michigan State University integrative biology graduate student Megan Shave holds a nestling American kestrel that she banded this summer in a cherry orchard in Michigan's Leelanau County.

Catherine Lindell, Michigan State University integrative biologist, will use a nearly $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to attract more falcons to orchards. Lindell and two other MSU colleagues…

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Speedy Evolution Affects More than One Species

Thursday, October 22, 2015
A female (shown) and male species of fruit fly commonly known as the apple maggot on a hawthorn leaf. Researchers, including an MSU entomologist, found that as the insect evolved due to changing mating and egg-laying habits, it brought changes in other species, especially a wasp that preys upon the fruit fly. Photo courtesy of James Smith, Lyman Briggs College.

The concept that biodiversity feeds upon itself is not uncommon in the world of evolution. The problem is a lack of hard data that shows this process to…

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