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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
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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
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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
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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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Pathogens Enter Great Lakes in Ballast Water

Monday, August 24, 2015

According to Joan Rose, Homer Nowlin Endowed Chair in Water Research at MSU, millions of tiny, dangerous microbes have been attacking native species in the Great Lakes for…

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Helping Dogs (and Humans) Heal

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Doctors in Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Human Medicine teamed up to perform an uncommon cleft palate surgery on a dog, using a…

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Loss of Species’ Sex Signals May Lead to Extinction

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
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Sending signals to the opposite sex isn’t always a trait that’s passed on to animals’ offspring, according to new research conducted at Michigan State University. Animal sex signals,…

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MSU to Lead Study of Fish Contaminants

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

A grant of $800,000 from the Environmental Protection Agency will help a research team led by Michigan State University determine the effects of certain contaminants on fish. Specifically,…

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