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MSU’s ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ Tied to International Initiative

Thursday, June 1, 2017
fascination of plants 2017

Thirty Michigan State University volunteers – grad students, post-docs and faculty – from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Horticulture,…

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Unpacking a New Bacterial Mini-Factory

Monday, May 22, 2017
The raw material enters the mini-factory. It is processed first by a "signature enzyme," in this case, the GRE. Source: Clement Aussignargues, Kerfeld lab

Many bacteria contain microcompartments that function like mini-factories, efficiently processing compounds for diverse purposes. For example, they sequester toxic intermediates in organisms like the notorious Salmonella and Escherichia;…

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Plant Proteins Found to Control Development

Monday, May 22, 2017
Jianping Hu

The Jianping Hu and her lab have identified a new protein that helps with the division and proliferation of little cellular factories, called peroxisomes. The study is published…

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Plants’ Defenses Reveal Capacity to Fight Disease

Thursday, May 18, 2017

André Velásquez, research associate in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, and colleague Matt Oney wanted to find out how many types of defenses a plant could muster against…

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Improving Plants by Increasing Biomass, Starting from Seeds

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Sang-Jin Kim (center). By Harley J Seeley

Sang-Jin Kim, assistant professor in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, and his colleagues in the Brandizzi lab want to make plants more productive and resilient in the face of…

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Solving Big Problems in Agriculture and Energy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Michigan State University plant researcher David Kramer has his sights set on making a measurable impact on food security and renewable energy for the future. He and his…

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More Genes Turned on When Plants Compete

Monday, May 15, 2017
Maren Friesen

According to Maren Friesen, a Michigan State University plant biologist whose work is featured in a special issue of the Journal of Ecology, the lessons of plant diversity and…

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MSU’s He Reappointed as an HHMI Investigator

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Sheng-Yang He standing in greenhouse

Sheng Yang He, a University Distinguished Professor of plant biology at Michigan State University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) – Gordon Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) Investigator…

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Schemske Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Thursday, May 4, 2017
National Academy of Sciences

Douglas Schemske, a John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor emeritus of plant biology at Michigan State University, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Schemske earned…

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MSU Biologist Howe Named ASPB Fellow

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Gregg Howe

Gregg Howe, a Michigan State University Foundation Professor and AgBioResearch scientist, is the recipient of a Fellow of ASPB Award by the American Society of Plant Biologists. Established…

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