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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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MSU Entomologist Among First Named Mozilla Fellows

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
woman

Michigan State University entomologist Christie Bahlai has been selected as one of the first Mozilla Fellows for Science. The four fellows selected represent a change in the process of scientific…

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Pandas Show Complexities, Global Reach of Sustainability

Friday, October 2, 2015
panda

This just in from the pandas nestled in a remote corner of China: Their influence spans the globe. In this week’s international journal Ecology and Society, sustainability scholars…

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It’s Not Cheating Unless a Species Gets Hurt

Monday, September 21, 2015
Maren Friesen

A review of dozens of key ecological studies has found very little evidence to support one of the field’s commonly held beliefs: Cheating is widespread among “mutualists,” species…

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Proteins ‘Practice’ Before Changing Chromosomes

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Drosophila

In the biochemical game of genetics, it was thought that the proteins controlling gene regulation in animals were either spectators or players. But in research appearing in the…

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