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Pigeon Pea, White Yam: Ghana’s Perfect Crop Combo

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
BEHEARDpigeon pea

White yam is a profitable crop for Ghana’s smallholder farmers, but it poses two big problems: the plants need to be staked, which eats up about a third…

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Biotechnology Saving Potatoes from ‘Late Blight’

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
David Douches

Dave Douches, professor and director of Michigan State University’s Potato Breeding and Genetics Program grows purple potatoes, tiny potatoes, and potatoes that are disease-resistant. He does all of this…

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Protecting Plants from the Power of Sunlight

Friday, July 21, 2017
These plants are related, but those that can't manage environmental stress might not survive. Source: Donghee Hoh, Kramer lab

Research is showing that the speed at which plants adjust to changes in their surroundings is vital to their health. But a major problem for scientists has been…

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DOE Provides Next-Phase Funding for Great Lakes Bioenergy Research

Monday, July 17, 2017
Late fall switchgrass harvest at the GLBRC / KBS LTER biofuels scale-up site; Photo Credit: J.E.Doll, Michigan State University

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center for an additional five years of funding to develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels and…

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New Techniques Pinpoint Evolution of Wheat Fungi

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Fungi

Michigan State University and Yale University scientists have illuminated a successful new strategy for pinpointing fungi genes responsible for the evolution of certain biological processes. The results appear in…

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MSU Water Research on Ornamental Crops Wins National Award

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Michigan State University-led research project focused on water conservation and improved water quality within the ornamental crops industry is the national recipient of the 2017 Experiment Station…

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New Studies of Seed Oil Boosts Potential for Biofuel

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Ultrastructure of a chloroplast.

Seed oil, aka vegetable oil, is a basic part of food. Scientists have been experimenting with harvesting that oil to make biofuels that could someday power our jets…

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MSU Researchers Making Progress on Biofuels

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Arabidopsis can make lipids through two sources in plant cells. Half of the precursors come from the chloroplasts (the solar power plant for the plant’s survival) and half from the endoplasmic reticulum, a massive cellular factory.

Sometimes, when a science experiment doesn’t work out, unexpected opportunities open up. That’s what Yang Yang and the lab of Christoph Benning, MSU Foundation Professor and director of the MSU-DOE…

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MSU Researchers Study Plants’ Growth/Defense Switch

Monday, July 10, 2017
plant defenses

A year ago, the lab of Gregg Howe, a Michigan State University Foundation Professor and AgBioResearch scientist, developed a plant that upended a common misconception that plants can…

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Cellulosic Biofuels Can Benefit Environment if Managed Correctly

Monday, July 3, 2017
Phil Robertson

Could cellulosic biofuels – or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood – become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy…

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