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MSU Exploring Mints’ Health, Food Benefits

Wednesday, July 22, 2015
mint

Michigan State University has netted a $5.1 million National Science Foundation grant to explore the diverse world of mints. Mints, or Lamiaceae, is the world’s sixth-largest family of…

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Perennial Biofuel Crops’ Water Consumption Similar to Corn

Monday, July 6, 2015
Miscanthus giganteus, a cellulosic biofuel crop

Converting large tracts of the Midwest’s marginal farming land to perennial biofuel crops carries with it some key unknowns, including how it could affect the balance of water…

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Structural Bioengineering of Photosynthesis

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Cheryl A. Kerfeld is the Hannah Distinguished Professor of Structural Bioengineering in the DOE Plant Research Laboratory and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan State…

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Microbes Could be Key for Better Yields, Stronger Plants

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Microbes

How can agriculture evolve to meet the demands of an increasing global population without compromising the integrity of the environment? Microbes just might be the answer. Michigan State…

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Crop Rotation Study Shows Positive Impact on Long-Term Land Sustainability

Monday, June 8, 2015

A study authored by MSU’s Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences assistant professor Lisa Tiemann, is the first of its kind to show that crop rotations, in…

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Sheng-Yang He Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Monday, May 4, 2015
Sheng-Yang He standing in greenhouse

A professor at Michigan State University and a leading plant scientist has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. Sheng-Yang He, a University Distinguished Professor in the…

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Greasing Photosynthesis and Making Fuels

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Christoph Benning, MSU Foundation Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, is one of the world’s foremost experts in plant lipid metabolism. His work could ultimately lead to plant…

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Plants: Cool Biology and Useful Functions

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Robin Buell, professor of plant biology, and an expert in the genomic aspects of plant biology and plant pathogens, explains some of her ongoing projects, including her work with…

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New MSU Turfgrass Resists Golf Course Disease

Monday, April 27, 2015

A 20-year search for a turfgrass resistant to the most common disease afflicting golf courses in Michigan and throughout the northeastern United States has finished on an upswing….

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Michigan State’s Top Innovators Honored

Friday, April 24, 2015

From clear solar cells (to be used as windows on cars, buildings and more) to agricultural drones to beer brewed with craft-roasted Michigan chestnuts, Michigan State University students…

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