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Study to Increase Biofuel Yield, Limit Fertilizer Use

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
four scientists in switchgrass field

Michigan State University has earned a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better understand how biofuel crops acquire nitrogen, insights that could help maximize…

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Microbes Crucial to Long-Term Soil Health

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Illustration of crop rotation

Phil Robertson, Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientist and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences has spent the past 26 years studying…

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Ancient ‘Biochar’ Could Help Environment

Monday, August 10, 2015
biochar

MSU AgBioResearch soil contaminant remediation experts Stephen Boyd, Brian Teppen and Hui Li are looking at the use of biochar to help sequester and remove dioxins and other…

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Healthy Soil Key to Crops, Climate Change

Monday, August 10, 2015
man

James Tiedje, a Michigan State University Distinguished Professor and the director of the MSU Center for Microbial Ecology has been unlocking soil’s secrets for four decades, pioneering the…

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How Plants Balance Defense, Growth Tactics

Monday, August 10, 2015
Professor Sheng Yang He in greenhouse

New research published in the current issue of Nature has revealed the molecular secrets of plants’ defense mechanisms at the atomic level. The study, led by Michigan State…

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Exploring ‘Cover Crop/ Climate’ Connections

Thursday, August 6, 2015
two women in field

Michigan State University researchers are studying the impact of “cover crop” use on everything from row crops to orchards and carrots to Christmas trees. Planted to provide a…

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Molecule ‘Moves’ to Protect Against Too Much Sun

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A team led by Cheryl Kerfeld, the Hannah Distinguished Professor of Structural Bioengineering in the Michigan State University-DOE Plant Research Lab, has documented that one molecule within a photosynthesis-producing bacteria…

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Benning Named Director of MSU/DOE Plant Research Laboratory

Friday, July 24, 2015
Algae in Benning lab

Christoph Benning, Michigan State University professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, will become the director of the MSU/ U.S. Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory beginning Aug. 16….

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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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