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Africans’ Food: Now More Purchased, Perishable and Processed

Monday, October 16, 2017
Tschirley, Reardon, and Liverpool-Tasie

David Tschirley, professor , Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics (AFRE) at Michigan State University (MSU), is studying the economic changes taking place  in Africa today and…

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Chinese Pandas Benefit from Conservation Efforts

Friday, October 13, 2017

For more than two decades, Spartan researchers have worked toward improving the plight of the panda in China. Led by MSU’s Jianguo “Jack” Liu, the results include policy…

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Light-Sensitive Proteins Offer Potential ‘Custom’ Health Solutions

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Each cyanobacterium is 25 times smaller than a human hair. We are studying the fundamentals of energy capture and conversion in this organism in order to apply that knowledge for synthetic biology purposes Original by Eric Young.

We are inching closer to the day where we can use light to help cure diseases. The key is harnessing the power of  proteins that are sensitive to light. The Kerfeld…

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Geckos, Anoles Evolved Sticky Feet In Different Ways

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Travis Hagey holding an anole

Travis Hagey, Michigan State University evolutionary biologist, shows how different groups of lizards – geckos and anoles – took two completely different evolutionary paths to developing the beneficial…

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Identifying a New Family of Light-Responsive Proteins

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
cyanobacteria

When Han Bao started looking for a new  cyanobacteria species to study, she had no idea that the perfect candidate was just upstairs. Han is part of the Kerfeld lab’s project around…

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Speeding Up Plants’ Production Cycle Can Destroy Them

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Atsuko Kanazawa

For more than 15 years, Atsuko Kanazawa and her colleagues at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) have been working to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis – the process…

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Genetic Solution Possible for Male Birth Control

Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Chen Chen, Reproductive and Developmental Sciences Program, Department of Animal Science

When it comes to birth control, many males turn to two options: condoms or vasectomies. While the two choices are effective, both methods merely focus on blocking the…

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Head Start May Protect Against Foster Care Placement

Monday, October 9, 2017
Sacha Klein

Participating in Head Start may help prevent young children from being placed in foster care, finds a national study led by a Michigan State University researcher. Kids up…

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MSU’s Zhang Studying Nanoparticles as Potential Contaminant

Friday, October 6, 2017
Wei Zhang

Nanotechnology has been a topic of conversation in the scientific sphere for decades, but only recently has it forayed into agriculture. It involves the manipulation of materials at…

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Activated Carbon Could Stop Dioxin Health Risk

Friday, October 6, 2017
MSU Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences professor Stephen Boyd.

New research from Michigan State University has shown for the first time that activated carbon – a substance widely used in water purification – can help eliminate the…

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