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Local News Celebrates Spartan Research Initiatives

Friday, February 3, 2017

WLNS – 6 News anchor Sheri Jones met President Simon at the new bio-engineering facility on campus that makes it possible for researchers from the colleges of Engineering, Human…

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MSU to Use Nearly $2M USAID Grant to Help Feed Haiti

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Hurricane Matthew roared through the Caribbean before moving north to the southeastern United States in October 2016, leaving a path of devastation. Haiti’s southwest region, which has a…

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Gap Between Research, Practice in Sustainable Agriculture

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
aerial view of KBS farm

A six-year research effort by Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientists has found a big difference in the yields produced by alternative agricultural practices in commercial fields compared…

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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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