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MSU to Lead $5.8M USAID Grant for Potatoes in Indonesia, Bangladesh

Monday, October 26, 2015
potatoes

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded Michigan State a $5.8 million cooperative agreement to improve potato production in Bangladesh and Indonesia. The grant supports USAID’s work…

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MSU to Lead $6.5M Effort to Develop Disease-Resistant Crops

Tuesday, October 6, 2015
cucurbits

A national team of 20 scientists led by Michigan State University has been awarded a $6.5 million grant to accelerate the development of disease-resistant cucurbit crops through leveraging…

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MSU, ExxonMobil to Work on Algae-Based Fuels

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Photobioreactors in the lab of David Kramer

A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels. David Kramer, MSU’s…

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MSU Gets $1.8M USAID to Boost Rawanda’s Coffee Industry

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development awarded Michigan State University a $1.8 million cooperative agreement to help the African Great Lakes region maintain its international position in the…

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Biodiversity Doesn’t Help or Hurt Grasses Grown for Biofuel

Friday, September 25, 2015
Kay Gross

A new study conducted at the Michigan State University (MSU) W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) has revealed that species diversity has no substantial impact on production of switchgrass…

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New Center Studies Intersection of Nutrition, Economics and Ag’s Impacts

Thursday, September 24, 2015
Felicia Wu

Mycotoxins are fungi byproducts that grow on agricultural crops and are linked to cancer and other diseases. They are just one example of the implications agricultural practices have…

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Plant Scientist Brandizzi Named MSU Foundation Professor

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Frederica Brandizzi

Michigan State University (MSU) professor of plant science Federica Brandizzi has been named an MSU Foundation Professor. “This award recognizes Professor Brandizzi’s internationally renowned research for the MSU-Department…

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MSU Researchers Build Multi-Use Protein for Biofuels

Monday, September 21, 2015
scientists in lab

Researchers at Michigan State University have built a molecular Swiss Army knife that streamlines the molecular machinery of cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, making biofuels and other…

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It’s Not Cheating Unless a Species Gets Hurt

Monday, September 21, 2015
Maren Friesen

A review of dozens of key ecological studies has found very little evidence to support one of the field’s commonly held beliefs: Cheating is widespread among “mutualists,” species…

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China’s Soybeans Show Dilemma of GMOs

Friday, September 18, 2015
Soybean Flowers

China’s struggle – mirrored across the globe – to balance public concern over the safety of genetically modified crops with a swelling demand for affordable food crops has…

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