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NSF Awards $1.75M for MSU Fungal-Plant Research

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Pure culture isolates of Mortierella, a species of the Mucoromycota lineage, in soilless media.

A team of Michigan State University researchers, including synthetic biologist Bjoern Hamberger, is investigating an ancient lineage of fungi called Mucoromycota that have been found beneficial for plants. The project aims…

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Light-Sensitive Proteins Offer Potential ‘Custom’ Health Solutions

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Each cyanobacterium is 25 times smaller than a human hair. We are studying the fundamentals of energy capture and conversion in this organism in order to apply that knowledge for synthetic biology purposes Original by Eric Young.

We are inching closer to the day where we can use light to help cure diseases. The key is harnessing the power of  proteins that are sensitive to light. The Kerfeld…

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Identifying a New Family of Light-Responsive Proteins

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
cyanobacteria

When Han Bao started looking for a new  cyanobacteria species to study, she had no idea that the perfect candidate was just upstairs. Han is part of the Kerfeld lab’s project around…

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Speeding Up Plants’ Production Cycle Can Destroy Them

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Atsuko Kanazawa

For more than 15 years, Atsuko Kanazawa and her colleagues at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) have been working to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis – the process…

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MSU’s Zhang Studying Nanoparticles as Potential Contaminant

Friday, October 6, 2017
Wei Zhang

Nanotechnology has been a topic of conversation in the scientific sphere for decades, but only recently has it forayed into agriculture. It involves the manipulation of materials at…

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Activated Carbon Could Stop Dioxin Health Risk

Friday, October 6, 2017
MSU Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences professor Stephen Boyd.

New research from Michigan State University has shown for the first time that activated carbon – a substance widely used in water purification – can help eliminate the…

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$1.1M DOE Grant to Improve Switchgrass for Biofuel

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
David Lowry, assistant professor of plant biology, poses next to a switchgrass plant on Tuesday July 18, 2017.

Just as sequencing the human genome has netted major health and medical benefits, switchgrass genomics will pay dividends through the development of advanced liquid biofuels. Researchers at Michigan…

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MSU Researchers to Use Algae to Reduce Power Plant Emissions

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
T.B. Simon Power Plant

Michigan State University scientists will explore new algae-based technologies to capture power plant emissions and sustainably turn them into valuable products. The research project, funded by a $1…

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Study Finds How Plants are Damaged by Extreme Sunlight

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Robert Last

Scientists have an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mechanisms that ensure efficient photosynthesis under laboratory-controlled light conditions. But less is known about the regulation of photosynthesis when plants experience…

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$10M DOE Grant to Help Boost Camelina OIlseed Yield

Thursday, September 14, 2017
MSU's Danny Schnell works on the seed-oil based Camelina plant, and is seen here with research associates Emily Pawlowski (left) and Bibin Paulose.

Both civil airlines and the military have successfully used camelina oil blends to fly airplanes. Camelina is not a significant food crop. So why doesn’t the oilseed plant…

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