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MSU’s Ebert-May Gets National Ecology Education Award

Monday, March 19, 2018
Diane Ebert-May

Diane Ebert-May, Michigan State University Distinguished Professor of plant biology, is the recipient of the 2018 Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education from the Ecological…

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New Laboratory Explores Vertical Farming

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Erik Runkle, a professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture, developed new Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory (CELL) to: Conduct research on controlled-environment production of high-value specialty food crops, such as…

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MSU to Study Ways to Boost Corn Productivity

Friday, March 2, 2018

Michigan State University will use a $4.8 million National Science Foundation grant to increase corn productivity by better understanding how gene expression is controlled. Corn, as simple as…

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Water-Dwelling Bacteria Tracks Light to Control Its Energy, Food

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Banner image of Cyanobacterial bloom near fiji by NASA, Public Domain; Refraction_triangular prism by Siyavula Education, CC BY 2.0.

The Montgomery lab in the Michigan State University-Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory has found a link between how water-dwelling bacteria, called cyanobacteria, monitor light quality in their…

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MSU Researchers Elected to American Academy of Microbiology

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Beronda Montgomery and George Garrity

George Garrity and Beronda Montgomery, Michigan State University professors of the College of Natural Science, were elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, or AAM, for their excellence, originality and leadership…

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MSU Research Could Transform How Photosynthesis is Studied

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Michigan State University scientists have discovered a significant role that a particular protein complex plays in the process of photosynthesis, potentially changing how scientists study the process entirely….

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MSU Scientists Helping African Farmers Grow New Sources of Protein

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Atsuko Kanazawa

Atsuko Kanazawa, assistant professor in the lab of University Distinguished Professor David Kramer, focuses on understanding the basics of photosynthesis, the process by which which plants capture solar…

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How Plants ‘Muscle Up’ to Prep for Cold

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Beal Graden in winter

Plants, like humans, do not like very hot or cold weather. Temperature extremes are a major factor that determines where plants grow and that can limit agricultural production….

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MSU Researchers Studying Plants’ Genetic Response to Space

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The public buzz is building as technological advances get us closer to sending a human to Mars – and sometime in the future, to colonizing it. But how…

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MSU Faculty Members Among World’s Most Highly Cited

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Cole Deb He Howe Ohlrogge Wooldridge

Six Michigan State University faculty members have earned a spot on the Clarivate Analytics highly cited researchers list for 2017. This year’s list honors approximately 3,400 scientists from…

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