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Adapting Human Medical Technology to Predict Plant Diseases

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Brad Day

MSU researchers from human medicine, plant genetics and plant pathology have joined forces to adapt the latest technology for tracking and predicting the next major plant epidemic. Their…

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MSU President Reflects on Global Impact Initiative

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

There is no better advocate for the Global Impact Initiative than Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon. With the backing of the MSU Board of Trustee’s…

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Taking on the World’s Biggest Challenges

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

News 6 in Lansing, Michigan, recently highlighted the Global Impact Initiative as part of a series on “Celebrating Spartans.” The video features Stephen Hsu, VP for Research and…

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MSU to Study How Plants Absorb Harmful Chemicals from Soil, Water

Monday, February 8, 2016
Hui Li

Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientist Hui Li has been awarded a $475,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to study the mechanisms by which fresh…

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Better Bean Yields for Better Lives

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Michigan State University researcher and Guatemala native Luis Flores is working to bring new farming practices to his homeland to help reverse the trend of staggering malnutrition in…

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MSU Researchers Lead Efforts to Thwart Invasive Fruit Pest

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
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A tiny vinegar fly from eastern Asia called spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is fast becoming one of the most intensively studied insects at Michigan State University (MSU). That’s…

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Mysterious Bacteria Cannot Fix Its Own Nitrogen After All

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Maren Friesen

Maren Friesen, Michigan State University plant biologist, has found that an elusive bacteria, known as Streptomyces thermoautotrophicus, does not in fact have the exceptional properties that some scientists had hoped….

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Paying Citizens to Protect Nearby Environment May Help

Friday, January 29, 2016
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Conserving wildlife habitat sounds noble, but when it comes down to work or sacrifice, cold hard cash – a decent amount of it – goes a long way….

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Plant Scientist Howe Named MSU Foundation Professor

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Gregg Howe

Michigan State University (MSU) plant scientist Gregg Howe has been named an MSU Foundation Professor. Howe, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and a…

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MSU Researchers Track How Plants Create Beneficial Compounds

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Robert Last

Michigan State University scientists are examining the biochemistry of plants in research that could help plants become less susceptible to insect pests. “Plants are master biochemists,” said Robert Last, MSU…

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