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Crystal Structure Shows Electrons, Unusual Enzyme

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Hausinger and Hu

Michigan State University have combined structural biology and enzymatic approaches to clarify the catalytic mechanism of an unusual enzyme. “We now have a crystal structure that allows us…

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MSU’s Childs Named Director of Genomics Core of RTSF

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Kevin Childs

Kevin Childs, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Biology, was appointed director of the Research Technology Support Facility (RTSF) Genomics Core at MSU in April. Childs’ current…

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MSU Scientists Tracking Evolution of Specialized Plant Molecule

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Robert Last

Michigan State University’s Robert Last studies tomatoes. Specifically, he researches their hair, or trichomes. His most recent study focused on a single type of molecule in trichomes –…

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Pigeon Pea, White Yam: Ghana’s Perfect Crop Combo

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
BEHEARDpigeon pea

White yam is a profitable crop for Ghana’s smallholder farmers, but it poses two big problems: the plants need to be staked, which eats up about a third…

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Biotechnology Saving Potatoes from ‘Late Blight’

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
David Douches

Dave Douches, professor and director of Michigan State University’s Potato Breeding and Genetics Program grows purple potatoes, tiny potatoes, and potatoes that are disease-resistant. He does all of this…

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Protecting Plants from the Power of Sunlight

Friday, July 21, 2017
These plants are related, but those that can't manage environmental stress might not survive. Source: Donghee Hoh, Kramer lab

Research is showing that the speed at which plants adjust to changes in their surroundings is vital to their health. But a major problem for scientists has been…

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DOE Provides Next-Phase Funding for Great Lakes Bioenergy Research

Monday, July 17, 2017
Late fall switchgrass harvest at the GLBRC / KBS LTER biofuels scale-up site; Photo Credit: J.E.Doll, Michigan State University

The U.S. Department of Energy has selected the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center for an additional five years of funding to develop sustainable alternatives to transportation fuels and…

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New Techniques Pinpoint Evolution of Wheat Fungi

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Fungi

Michigan State University and Yale University scientists have illuminated a successful new strategy for pinpointing fungi genes responsible for the evolution of certain biological processes. The results appear in…

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MSU Water Research on Ornamental Crops Wins National Award

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Michigan State University-led research project focused on water conservation and improved water quality within the ornamental crops industry is the national recipient of the 2017 Experiment Station…

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New Studies of Seed Oil Boosts Potential for Biofuel

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Ultrastructure of a chloroplast.

Seed oil, aka vegetable oil, is a basic part of food. Scientists have been experimenting with harvesting that oil to make biofuels that could someday power our jets…

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