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MSU Student Entrepreneurs Create ‘Land Grant Goods’

Monday, November 27, 2017

Land Grant Goods is the first Michigan State University-affiliated, student-run business. Its goal is to innovate the local food system while creating the next generation of food activists…

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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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MSU Researchers Find Ways to Kill Pests, Not Honeybees

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Bombus impatiens nectaring on Lantana sp. in Okemos, Michigan. Photo taken September 24, 2017 by F. W. Ravlin. Canon 5D Mark III, 100 mm macro.

Researchers at Michigan State University’s entomology department have unlocked a key to maintain the insecticide’s effectiveness in eliminating pests without killing beneficial bugs, such as bees. The study,…

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MSU Scholar Improving Onion Disease Resistance for Cambodia

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Kim Eang Tho

Plant diseases are a major limiting factor for crop production and food security in Cambodia. Part of the problem is that the resources and human expertise needed to…

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MSU Gets $3.2M to Improve Stevia Taste, U.S. Production

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
stevia plant

Michigan State University researchers will use a $3.2 million Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to help make stevia…

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Wine Lovers Should Trust Their Palates, Not ‘Experts’

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Allan Sherwin and Carl Borchrevink

The traditional pairing of wine and food too often misses the mark – leaving people confused and intimated – and should be scrapped in favor of a more…

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Bacterial ‘Nanofactories’ Could Build Better Chemicals

Friday, November 3, 2017
carboxysome-shells

Bacteria in nature house nanofactories, called bacterial microcompartments (BMCs) – that fill many purposes, depending on the host. For example, BMCs build useful compounds from carbon dioxide pulled from the atmosphere. Or,…

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Examining Potatoes’ Past Could Improve Spuds of Future

Monday, October 30, 2017

Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped spuds adapt over thousands…

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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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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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