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Soil Holds the Secret to Mitigating Climate Change

Monday, September 17, 2018
Soil

Food production doesn’t have to be a victim of climate change. New research from Michigan State University suggests that crop yields and the global food supply chain can…

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Blazes of Light Reveal How Plants Signal Danger Long Distances

Friday, September 14, 2018
Catapillar's on Arabidopsis thaliana plants

Michigan State University was part of a multi-university study that revealed how plant communication systems respond to threats from herbivores. The results, featured in Science, show that once…

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New Genetics Tool Helps Answer Evolutionary Questions

Thursday, September 13, 2018
Gideon Bradburd

The age of big data is here. Thanks to innovations in genetic sequencing technology, scientists can now generate massive datasets describing the genomes of Earth’s diverse set of…

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New Biofuel Production System Powered by a Community of Algae and Fungi

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

MSU scientists have a new proof of concept for a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi. It lowers cultivation and harvesting…

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Michaela TerAvest Wins Prestigious Beckman Young Investigator Award

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Michaela TerAvest

Michaela TerAvest, Michigan State University assistant professor of biochemistry, was recently awarded the Beckman Young Investigator Award by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation. The award program provides research support…

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Blazing the Trail in Multimessenger Astrophysics

Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Ice Cube Observator

Michigan State University is blazing the trail in multimessenger astrophysics—a new area of science that the National Science Foundation is calling one of its ten “big ideas” for…

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MSU Scientists Closer to Solving Arthritic Condition in Teens

Friday, August 24, 2018
Andrea Amalfitano

A new Michigan State University study has found that a malfunctioning gene associated with a common arthritic disease that often starts in teenagers is now directly linked to…

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DUNE Collaboration Completes Interim Design Report for Gigantic Particle Detectors

Wednesday, August 22, 2018
LBNF-DUNE Graphic showing mi and km

The more than 1,000 scientists and engineers from 32 countries working on the international Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, or DUNE, hosted by the Department of Energy’s Fermilab, achieved…

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MSU Physicists Solve a Storied Problem

Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Physics

Two “runners” are traveling around a track. They are running at different speeds. Eventually, they will get to opposite positions on the track. How do we get the…

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MSU Plant Biologist Receives NSF Grant to Study Natural Defense in Plants

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Michigan State University plant biologist Marjorie Weber is the lead investigator of a five-year, $1.1 million National Science Foundation Dimensions in Biodiversity grant to study the evolutionary dynamics…

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