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Worldwide, the Nitrogen Cycle is Off

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Combine plowing soybean field

When exposed to nitrogen fertilizer over a period of years, nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia evolve to become less beneficial to legumes – the plants they normally serve. These…

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Tracking Invasives? There’s an App for That

Friday, February 20, 2015
Professor Amos Ziegler with his cell phone and app for tracking invasive species

Invasive species will have a tougher time sneaking around undetected, thanks to an app developed by Michigan State University. Midwestern residents can now snap photos with their smart…

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Overview of MSU Anaerobic Digestion & Research – Dana Kirk

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dana Kirk is an assistant professor in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University.  In addition to his teaching and outreach responsibilities, he is the manager of…

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Engineering Plants for Better Biofuel Production

Saturday, January 3, 2015
Catapillar on leaf

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology professor Christoph Benning and colleagues were initially the “odd people out” at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) because, while other researchers were…

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A Poisonous Cure

Friday, December 12, 2014

Take two poisonous mushrooms and call me in the morning. While no doctor would ever write this prescription, toxic fungi may hold the secrets to tackling deadly diseases….

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Facing Off with a Fungal Threat

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

That fuzzy fungus creeping onto the forgotten food buried in your crisper is hiding something. Mold is more than a nuisance that spoils dated produce, it also indicates…

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Cucumbers: Hunting Down Pathogens and Fighting Back

Monday, December 1, 2014

Michigan’s multimillion dollar cucumber crop has two enemies: Phytophthora capsici and downy mildew. These create significant problems with growing cucumbers and all vegetables in the cucurbit class, such…

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MSU Blueberry Breeds Bolster Michigan Ag Success

Monday, December 1, 2014

Blueberries enjoy worldwide popularity, thanks to their sweetness and anti.oxidant-rich nutrition profile. But the bounty of nature alone is not enough to keep pace with the heavy demand…

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Responding to Invasion: Protecting Michigan’s Fruit Industry

Friday, November 21, 2014
Rufus Isaacs

Michigan’s fruit industry boasts more than 22,000 acres devoted to small fruit production; blueberries account for a whopping 20,900 of those. Valued at $118.5 million, the blueberry industry…

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Faculty Conversations: Cheryl Kerfeld

Friday, October 24, 2014

Cheryl Kerfeld holds joint appointments with the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Through examining single-cell organisms, studying the process of photosynthesis,…

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