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Doctoral Student Selected for National Ecology Policy Award

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Anna Groves

Anna Groves, a doctoral student in the Department of Plant Biology and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior (EEBB) program in the MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci), is…

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MSU’S Litchman Wins Excellence Professorship Award

Monday, March 13, 2017
Elena Litchman

Elena Litchman, Michigan State University Foundation Professor of integrative biology, is the recipient of an Excellence Professorship Award from the Professor Dr. Werner-Petersen Foundation based in Kiel, Germany….

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Local News Celebrates Spartan Research Initiatives

Friday, February 3, 2017

WLNS – 6 News anchor Sheri Jones met President Simon at the new bio-engineering facility on campus that makes it possible for researchers from the colleges of Engineering, Human…

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Sequencing Poisonous Mushrooms May Lead to New Medicines

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Johnathan Walton, director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, poses in his lab on Wednesday November 21, 2012.

A team of Michigan State University scientists has genetically sequenced two species of poisonous mushrooms, discovering that they can theoretically produce billions of compounds through one molecular assembly…

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Gap Between Research, Practice in Sustainable Agriculture

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
aerial view of KBS farm

A six-year research effort by Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientists has found a big difference in the yields produced by alternative agricultural practices in commercial fields compared…

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Wheat Virus Crosses Over, Harms Native Grasses

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Carolyn Malmstrom, associate professor of plant biology, poses in front of a growth chamber on Monday February 11, 2013.

Once upon a time, it was thought that crop diseases affected only crops. New research shows, however, that a common wheat virus can spread and harm perennial native…

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MSU Students, Faculty Win Bronze Medal for Genetic Engineering

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Darwin Warga Kane, Pamela Himadewi, and Lauren Tamm

MSU’s first iGEM team earned a bronze medal in the International Genetic Engineered Machine Foundation competition in the fall. The team, dubbed Frosty the Cyanos, comprised three undergraduate…

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Human Biosensor Can Predict Plant Diseases

Thursday, December 29, 2016
plant sensor

A biosensor developed at MSU to detect pathogens in humans has been reconfigured with plant genomic data to target specific plant pathogens. By combining research from plant pathology,…

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Researchers Improve Biofuel Potential at Molecular Level

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Dan Ducat, assistant professor at the Plant Research Laboratory, and Derek Fedeson, phd student in genetics, pose in front a painting of a thermal spring on Tuesday December 13, 2016.

Michigan State University scientists have engineered “molecular Velcro” into to cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae’s biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research. The findings, featured in…

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MSU Researchers Study Wheat Disease in High Infestation Year

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
wheat rust

The fungal pathogen Puccinia striiformis f. sp. tritici, more commonly known as wheat yellow or stripe rust, is often a passenger on wind gusts, such as storms and…

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