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MSU to Study Ways to Boost Corn Productivity

Friday, March 2, 2018
corn

Michigan State University will use a $4.8 million National Science Foundation grant to increase corn productivity by better understanding how gene expression is controlled. Corn, as simple as…

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Stress Tested: How Algae Change their Internal Solar Panels to Stay Alive

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Storm

A collaboration between the Benning and Kramer labs is revealing how nature’s solar panels, found inside algae, constantly grow and shrink in size to adjust to changes in their environments, a crucial…

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Developing New Cropping Systems to Help Michigan Vegetables Survive Extreme Weather

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Brainhard with carrots

Michigan vegetable producers are facing an increased incidence of extreme weather events — such as drought, heat and heavy rainfall — that place extreme stress on crops. New…

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Water-Dwelling Bacteria Tracks Light to Control Its Energy, Food

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Banner image of Cyanobacterial bloom near fiji by NASA, Public Domain; Refraction_triangular prism by Siyavula Education, CC BY 2.0.

The Montgomery lab in the Michigan State University-Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory has found a link between how water-dwelling bacteria, called cyanobacteria, monitor light quality in their…

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MSU Researchers Elected to American Academy of Microbiology

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Beronda Montgomery and George Garrity

George Garrity and Beronda Montgomery, Michigan State University professors of the College of Natural Science, were elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, or AAM, for their excellence, originality and leadership…

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MSU Research Could Transform How Photosynthesis is Studied

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Leaf

Michigan State University scientists have discovered a significant role that a particular protein complex plays in the process of photosynthesis, potentially changing how scientists study the process entirely….

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MSU Scientists Helping African Farmers Grow New Sources of Protein

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Atsuko Kanazawa

Atsuko Kanazawa, assistant professor in the lab of University Distinguished Professor David Kramer, focuses on understanding the basics of photosynthesis, the process by which which plants capture solar…

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How Plants ‘Muscle Up’ to Prep for Cold

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Beal Graden in winter

Plants, like humans, do not like very hot or cold weather. Temperature extremes are a major factor that determines where plants grow and that can limit agricultural production….

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MSU Researchers Studying Plants’ Genetic Response to Space

Thursday, December 21, 2017
Mars

The public buzz is building as technological advances get us closer to sending a human to Mars – and sometime in the future, to colonizing it. But how…

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MSU Faculty Members Among World’s Most Highly Cited

Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Cole Deb He Howe Ohlrogge Wooldridge

Six Michigan State University faculty members have earned a spot on the Clarivate Analytics highly cited researchers list for 2017. This year’s list honors approximately 3,400 scientists from…

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