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Wheat Virus Crosses Over, Harms Native Grasses

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Carolyn Malmstrom, associate professor of plant biology, poses in front of a growth chamber on Monday February 11, 2013.

Once upon a time, it was thought that crop diseases affected only crops. New research shows, however, that a common wheat virus can spread and harm perennial native…

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Project Aims to Reduce Pathogen Threat in Low-Flow Water Systems

Friday, January 13, 2017
MSU professor of biosystems and agricultural engineering Jade Mitchell.

Low-flow building water systems designed to conserve water pose potential health hazards because they may cause an increase in disease-causing organisms and harmful chemicals. A new Environmental Protection…

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Affordable Water in US Reaching a Crisis

Thursday, January 12, 2017
glass of water

If water rates continue rising at projected amounts, the number of U.S. households unable to afford water could triple in five years, to nearly 36 percent, finds new…

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MSU Researchers Explore Arctic Waters for Ecology Clues

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
MSU research associate Ben Abbott collects data from a mountain stream, Trevor Creek, to understand how different landscapes affect stream network structure and water chemistry.

As a graduate student, Jay Zarnetske spent two years doing research on the North Slope of Alaska, the last strip of land before reaching the Arctic Ocean. This…

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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 Study Uncovers Real Culprit in Flint Water Crisis

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Rick Sadler

Many believe the events leading to the lead poisoning of Flint’s drinking water began in April 2014, when it started drawing from the Flint River. Others believe it…

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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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Forest Die-Offs Impact Distant Ecosystems

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
forest

El Nino, a climate cycle influenced by a mass of warm water in the equatorial Pacific Ocean, dramatically changes weather patterns every few years. But according to new…

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New Discovery in Plant-Disease Mechanism

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Xin and Nomura

New research led by plant scientists at Michigan State University has found that too much rain, coupled with prolonged high levels of humidity, can result in more plant…

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