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High Temperatures Weaken Plants’ Defenses Against Bacteria

Monday, November 27, 2017

An issue of global concern is the anticipated shortage of agricultural output to meet the steady rise in human population. Michigan State University scientists understand that overcoming crop…

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New Database of 50,000 Lakes’ Water Quality to Improve Policy

Monday, October 30, 2017
Patricia Soranno and Kendra Cheruvelil

To better understand the complex factors that threaten lake water quality, scientists need data on many lakes in various types of environmental settings. Unfortunately, much of the lake…

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Bacteria Community Creates Biodegradable Plastic with Sunlight

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

For all their convenience, plastics are massive environmental headaches. “The main problem is that most synthetic plastic is not completely biodegradable. It cannot be broken down by living…

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New MSU Map Initiative to Guide Irrigation Decisions

Friday, October 20, 2017
Republican River Basin, rising in the High Plains of eastern Colorado and flowing east 453 miles (729 km)[4] through the U.S. states of Nebraska and Kansas

Irrigated agriculture is the largest consumer of freshwater globally, but precise records and maps of when and where water is applied by farmers are difficult to locate. Now…

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MSU Scientist Leads NOAA-Funded Effort to Better Predict Droughts

Thursday, October 19, 2017
drought map of the United States

A Michigan State University scientist is leading a competitively funded NOAA research project to create a better system for predicting droughts, a type of climate extreme that causes…

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Preserving Healthy Water Ecoystems

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
water on plant

Michigan, in many ways, is defined by water. The state boasts 11,037 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, providing at least one…

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MSU’s Zhang Studying Nanoparticles as Potential Contaminant

Friday, October 6, 2017
Wei Zhang

Nanotechnology has been a topic of conversation in the scientific sphere for decades, but only recently has it forayed into agriculture. It involves the manipulation of materials at…

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Activated Carbon Could Stop Dioxin Health Risk

Friday, October 6, 2017
MSU Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences professor Stephen Boyd.

New research from Michigan State University has shown for the first time that activated carbon – a substance widely used in water purification – can help eliminate the…

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NASA Grant Supports Study of Great Lakes Basin

Monday, October 2, 2017
Dave Hyndman, professor and chair of the Departmment of Earth and Environmental Sciences (foreground), and Anthony Kendall, a research associate in Hyndman's Hydrogeology Lab, get ready to download data from a monitoring site in Whiskey Harbor, a bay connected to Lake Huron located near Port Hope, Mich., in Huron County. Photo courtesy MSU Hydrogeology Lab.

The impact of global change and land-use legacies on fresh water systems in the Great Lakes is the focus of a three-year, $1.5 million National Aeronautics and Space…

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MSU Researchers to Use Algae to Reduce Power Plant Emissions

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
T.B. Simon Power Plant

Michigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products. The research project, funded by a $1…

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