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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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Earth Day Is Every Day at MSU

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

At MSU, green is always in season. An early innovator in sustainability and resource conservation, MSU is meeting aggressive goals in critical areas of energy, waste reduction, transportation,…

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Regulating Photosynthesis Key to Increased Efficiency in Plants

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis – the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to…

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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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