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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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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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MSU Researcher Gets NIH Grant to Study Harmful Plant Bacteria

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Kyaw (Joe) Aung

Kyaw (Joe) Aung, a research associate in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), College of Natural Science, is the recipient of a 2016 National Institutes of Health (NIH)…

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MSU Researchers Find Connection Crucial to Plant Development

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Frederica Brandizzi

Michigan State University researchers, for the first time, have identified how plants’ largest cell factory moves to maintain vital functions, which could lead to advances in improving plant…

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AgBio Researcher Awarded Grant for Innovative Soil Research

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Researcher and student using lab equipment

Michigan State University AgBioResearch soil scientist Lisa Tiemann has been awarded $300,000 from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) to conduct research that advances FFAR’s mission…

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Beer Made with Spartan Barley Making Industry Buzz

Friday, November 11, 2016

Century-old Spartan barley has made a comeback, and a Michigan craft brewery will be the first to feature it in a limited-edition lager called Russ’s Revival – named…

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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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Plant Diversity Could Naturally Repel Crop Pests

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
japanese-beetle

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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