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Climate Change Studied in a Digital Environment

Friday, June 30, 2017

Emily Dolson is a doctoral student earning dual degrees in computer science and in ecology, evolutionary biology, and behavior at Michigan State University. She is also part of the BEACON Center for…

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Protecting Pandas Helps People, Environment in China

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
panda

Recent Michigan State University work shows China’s decades of defending panda turf have been good not just for the beloved bears, but also for protecting habitat for other…

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New Snapshot of How Bacteria are Organized

Thursday, June 22, 2017

For the first time, scientists have visualized the fine details of bacterial microcompartment shells – the organisms’ submicroscopic nanoreactors, which are comprised completely of protein. The results, led…

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MSU’s Last is President-Elect of National Plant Biologists Group

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Robert Last

Robert Last, an MSU Barnett Rosenberg Professor, has been elected president-elect of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). Last, a professor in the MSU Departments of Biochemistry…

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Volatile Organic Compounds: Assessing Soil and Plant Health

Monday, June 19, 2017

Professor Ray Hammerschmidt, Department of Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences,  introduces the possibilities and research behind the use of organic compounds to determine the health of plants and…

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MSU’s Li Gets Jackson Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy Award

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
MSU professor Hui Li.

Hui Li, an associate professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU), is the recipient of the 2017 Jackson Soil Chemistry…

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New Resources Available for Farmers for National Pollinator Week

Monday, June 12, 2017

How can farmers help bees and ensure they get reliable pollination for their crops? That question is being addressed by the Integrated Crop Pollination Project, which is celebrating…

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MSU Awarded $2M NSF Grant to Study Phytoplankton

Friday, June 9, 2017
Left, Klausmeier; right, Litchman

Michigan State University aquatic ecologist Elena Litchman (above, right) is the lead investigator of a four-year, $2 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Dimensions of Biodiversity grant to study how…

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Decomposing Leaves Are a Source of Greenhouse Gases

Monday, June 5, 2017
Sasha Kravchenko, MSU plant, soil and microbial scientist

Michigan State University scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide. The culprit? Tiny bits of decomposing leaves…

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MSU Gets Grant to Fight Tart Cherry Tree Pest

Monday, June 5, 2017
Spotted Wing Drosophila

The Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research, a nonprofit established through bipartisan congressional support in the 2014 Farm Bill, awarded $150,000 today to scientists at Michigan State University…

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