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New Discovery from Michigan’s First, Full Bee Census

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The first complete bee census, led by Michigan State University scientists, confirmed a new species and revealed that the actual number of bee species in Michigan exceeded earlier…

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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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MSU Researchers Find Ways to Kill Pests, Not Honeybees

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Bombus impatiens nectaring on Lantana sp. in Okemos, Michigan. Photo taken September 24, 2017 by F. W. Ravlin. Canon 5D Mark III, 100 mm macro.

Researchers at Michigan State University’s entomology department have unlocked a key to maintain the insecticide’s effectiveness in eliminating pests without killing beneficial bugs, such as bees. The study,…

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MSU Scholar Improving Onion Disease Resistance for Cambodia

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Kim Eang Tho

Plant diseases are a major limiting factor for crop production and food security in Cambodia. Part of the problem is that the resources and human expertise needed to…

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MSU Gets $3.2M to Improve Stevia Taste, U.S. Production

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
stevia plant

Michigan State University researchers will use a $3.2 million Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture to help make stevia…

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MSU Prof Gets Top Honor from Romanian University

Monday, November 6, 2017
Roger Hamlin (left)

Michigan State University professor emeritus Roger Hamlin was presented with a degree honoris causa, one of the highest honors that a European university can award an individual, from Babes-Bolyai…

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New Database of 50,000 Lakes’ Water Quality to Improve Policy

Monday, October 30, 2017
Patricia Soranno and Kendra Cheruvelil

To better understand the complex factors that threaten lake water quality, scientists need data on many lakes in various types of environmental settings. Unfortunately, much of the lake…

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Preserving Healthy Water Ecoystems

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
water on plant

Michigan, in many ways, is defined by water. The state boasts 11,037 inland lakes and tens of thousands of miles of rivers and streams, providing at least one…

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NSF Awards $1.75M for MSU Fungal-Plant Research

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Pure culture isolates of Mortierella, a species of the Mucoromycota lineage, in soilless media.

A team of Michigan State University researchers, including synthetic biologist Bjoern Hamberger, is investigating an ancient lineage of fungi called Mucoromycota that have been found beneficial for plants. The project aims…

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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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