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Spartan Ideas Celebrates MSU’s Cyber-Conversations

Friday, January 15, 2016
Spartan Ideas bloggers

Ask a researcher if he or she likes to write for a lay audience and the answer will likely be no. While academic writing in the interest of…

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MSU’s DellaPenna Aims to Improve Plants at the Genetic Level

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Michigan State University Distinguished Professor Dean DellaPenna discusses his world renowned plant research focused on increasing the productivity and nutritional value of plants for human health. DellaPenna, recently…

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Decline of Wild Bees Threatens U.S. Crops

Monday, December 21, 2015

The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they’re disappearing in many of the country’s most-important farmlands. If losses of these crucial pollinators continue, the new…

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Meeting Future Demands for Food and Energy

Friday, December 18, 2015

University Distinguished Professor Mike Thomashow, MSU-DOE Plant Research Lab, and Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences and Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, presents to the MSU Board…

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Combining Ag, Medicine to Solve Global Problems

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Since arriving at MSU two years ago, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources researcher Felicia Wu has been aggressively applying agricultural solutions to issues of human health around…

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MSU’s Kamfwa Driven to Improve Crop Yields in Zambia

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Growing up in Zambia, Kelvin Kamfwa remembers watching his parents—small-scale farmers—struggle with low yields. Kamfwa is pursuing a doctorate in plant breeding, genetics, and biotechnology in the College…

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MSU’s Global Impact Initiative to Recruit 100 New Researchers

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
collage of research

Written by Stephen Hsu, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Michigan State University More than 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States confer degrees. Yet, no…

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Detecting the Next Crop Epidemic

Monday, December 7, 2015
Brad Day

Plant diseases have the potential for devastating damage. A 2000 outbreak of fire blight carved a wide swath through Michigan’s orchards, dealing the state’s growers an estimated $42…

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MSU Part of Award-Winning, Multi-State ‘Tree Fruit’ Project

Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Apples

Michigan State University, along with its 37 partner institutions across North America, received the national 2015 Experiment Station Section Excellence in Multi-state Research Award for a project to improve…

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Protecting Plants from Stealthy Diseases

Monday, November 2, 2015

Stealthy diseases sometimes trick plants by hijacking their defense signaling system, which issues an alarm that diverts plant resources for the wrong attack and allows the enemy pathogens…

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