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When Lipids Meet Hormones: Plants’ Answer to Complex Stresses

Monday, May 7, 2018

Unlike animals, plants can’t run away when things get bad. That can be the weather changing or a caterpillar starting to slowly munch on a leaf. Instead, they…

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MSU Innovation Center Recognizes Faculty and Student Inventors

Thursday, May 3, 2018

2018 Awardees Honored at MSU Innovation Celebration inside Spartan Stadium  The 2018 Innovation Celebration highlights ground-breaking technology from MSU labs and startup companies from across Michigan State University’s…

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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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MSU Researchers Making Progress on Biofuels

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Arabidopsis can make lipids through two sources in plant cells. Half of the precursors come from the chloroplasts (the solar power plant for the plant’s survival) and half from the endoplasmic reticulum, a massive cellular factory.

Sometimes, when a science experiment doesn’t work out, unexpected opportunities open up. That’s what Yang Yang and the lab of Christoph Benning, MSU Foundation Professor and director of the MSU-DOE…

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Lipids Promise Advances in Biofuels, Cancer Research

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Christoph Benning

In the ongoing quest for healthier lifestyles and environmental sustainability, one of the biggest solutions might also be one of the tiniest. Decades of cutting-edge research at Michigan…

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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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MSU Discoveries Support Future Research

Monday, August 31, 2015
men and women

When MSU-based biophysicist Barnett Rosenberg and his team of researchers made the observations that led to the development of cisplatin and carboplatin as anti-cancer drugs in the 1970’s,…

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Benning Named Director of MSU/DOE Plant Research Laboratory

Friday, July 24, 2015
Algae in Benning lab

Christoph Benning, Michigan State University professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, will become the director of the MSU/ U.S. Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory beginning Aug. 16….

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Greasing Photosynthesis and Making Fuels

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Christoph Benning, MSU Foundation Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, is one of the world’s foremost experts in plant lipid metabolism. His work could ultimately lead to plant…

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MSU Awards Four Elite Professorships

Monday, April 6, 2015
Four MSU Professors

Michigan State University (MSU), with support from the MSU Foundation, will honor four faculty members with the designation of MSU Foundation Professor, in recognition of their exceptional contributions…

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