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Human Biosensor Can Predict Plant Diseases

Thursday, December 29, 2016
plant sensor

A biosensor developed at MSU to detect pathogens in humans has been reconfigured with plant genomic data to target specific plant pathogens. By combining research from plant pathology,…

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Spotted Wing Drosophila Proves Formidable Fruit Foe

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
MSU entomologist Rufus Isaacs works with his students and staff in the laboratory.

When a tiny invasive fly — the size of a grain of rice — called spotted wing drosophila (SWD) first arrived in California from Asia in 2008, researchers weren’t overly…

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A Silent Animal Sickness: Bovine Leukemia Virus

Friday, December 9, 2016
MSU professor of large animal clinical sciences Paul Bartlett.

In the 1970s, less than 10 percent of U.S. dairy cows were affected by bovine leukemia virus (BLV) – a retrovirus that causes infection in dairy and beef cattle,…

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How Bacterium in Undercooked Chicken Causes GBS

Friday, December 9, 2016
Linda Mansfield

A Michigan State University research team is the first to show how a common bacterium found in improperly cooked chicken causes Guillain-Barre Syndrome, or GBS. The federally funded…

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MSU Helps Revive State’s Chestnut Industry

Friday, December 2, 2016
MSU researcher Dennis Fulbright specializes with the reintroduction of the American Chestnut tree.

Michigan is ranked No. 1 in the U.S. for its number of chestnut growers and land, and Michigan State University has played a key role in leading this…

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MSU to Digitize Butterfly, Moth Research Collections

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Anthony Cognato, collection director of MSU's A.J. Cook Arthropod Research Collection, examining butterfly specimens.

Butterflies and moths are challenging and economically significant pests for growers. Because they are closely associated with the plants they feed on, they are also frequently used by…

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Simple Food Additive Slows E. coli Poisoning

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Chris Waters

Polysorbate, a safe additive found in everything from ice cream to cosmetics, has been proven to slow the toxic effects of E. coli poisoning. Had this discovery been…

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Plant Diversity Could Naturally Repel Crop Pests

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

A new study has unveiled why a field with a variety of plants seems to attract fewer plant-eating insects than farm land with just one type of crop….

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MSU Scientists to Lead Effort to Help Organic Cucurbit Growers

Monday, October 10, 2016
cucurbits

A team of Michigan State University (MSU) researchers will lead a project to develop new tools to help organic cucurbit growers address their most pressing needs with a…

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MSU’s Online Tool Helps Citizen Scientists Solve Community Problems

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
people working around a river

With proper training and recently launched online software and web-portal, citizen scientists can follow scientific-based practices to improve environmental decision-making and even secure funding to help solve environmental…

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