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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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Discovery of Cellular Snooze Button Advances Cancer and Biofuel Research

Monday, October 13, 2014
Algae in Benning lab

The discovery of a cellular snooze button has allowed a team of Michigan State University scientists to potentially improve biofuel production and offer insight on the early stages…

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MSU Receives Grant to Boost Yields of Critical West-African Crop

Saturday, August 9, 2014
Dried cowpeas

Cowpeas are a critical, affordable source of protein for countless millions in Sub-Saharan Africa. Yet, pests decimate more than 50 percent of the crop annually. Michigan State University’s…

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Digital Evolution – Charles Ofria

Friday, August 1, 2014

Dr. Ofria’s research group explores Computer Science and Evolutionary Biology to help understand fundamental concepts in each field. His group writes self replicating computer programs and puts them…

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