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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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Researchers Improve Biofuel Potential at Molecular Level

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Dan Ducat, assistant professor at the Plant Research Laboratory, and Derek Fedeson, phd student in genetics, pose in front a painting of a thermal spring on Tuesday December 13, 2016.

Michigan State University scientists have engineered “molecular Velcro” into to cyanobacteria, boosting this microalgae’s biofuel viability as well as its potential for other research. The findings, featured in…

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Patented Bioelectrodes Make Energy, Eat Waste

Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Gemma Reguera

New research at Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Nature Communications shows how Geobacter bacteria grow as films on electrodes and generate electricity –…

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Engineering Bacteria to Create Biofuels, Green Energy

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Michigan State University researcher Cheryl Kerfeld and her team are working to make it possible to power the world in a healthy, sustainable way by applying engineering approaches…

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Acidification Tells Plants It’s Deadly Freezing

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
snow on trees

A new study from the Christoph Benning lab shows how plants sense freezing temperatures through increased cellular acidification. The results, published in the July issue of Plant Physiology,…

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Enhancing the Value of Biofuel Crops with Plant-Based Oils

Thursday, June 30, 2016
Benning and Ohlrogge

Michigan State University’s Christoph Benning, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, is working to increase the energy density of cellulosic biofuel crops, such as grasses, woods, and the non-food…

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Fertilizer Use Could Reduce Benefit of Cellulosic Biofuels

Thursday, June 2, 2016
switchgrass crop

According to a new study from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Michigan State University, the use of nitrogen fertilizer on switchgrass crops can produce a sharp…

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MSU Researchers Track How Plants Create Beneficial Compounds

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Robert Last

Michigan State University scientists are examining the biochemistry of plants in research that could help plants become less susceptible to insect pests. “Plants are master biochemists,” said Robert Last, MSU…

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MSU, ExxonMobil to Work on Algae-Based Fuels

Wednesday, September 30, 2015
Photobioreactors in the lab of David Kramer

A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels. David Kramer, MSU’s…

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Biodiversity Doesn’t Help or Hurt Grasses Grown for Biofuel

Friday, September 25, 2015
Kay Gross

A new study conducted at the Michigan State University (MSU) W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) has revealed that species diversity has no substantial impact on production of switchgrass…

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