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MSU Researchers Elected to American Academy of Microbiology

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Beronda Montgomery and George Garrity

George Garrity and Beronda Montgomery, Michigan State University professors of the College of Natural Science, were elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, or AAM, for their excellence, originality and leadership…

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MSU Students Win Silver Medal at Synthetic Biology Competition

Thursday, December 21, 2017
The Shewlock Holmes team, from left to right: Ciara Fromwiller, Serenity Tyll, Cody Madsen, Michaela TerAvest, Danny Ducat, Noelia Bravo, Brian Amburn, Donna Liebelt (advisor). Not included: Bjoern Hamberger, Tim Whitehead. By Shewlock Homes.

MSU’s second-ever iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) student team won a Silver Medal at the 2017 competition in Boston. The team was made up of seven students from Chemical Engineering,…

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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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Two MSU Plant Scientists Among Most Highly Cited

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Sheng Yang He and Gregg Howe

For the third year in a row, Sheng Yang He and Gregg Howe have been named Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics (formerly done by Thomson Reuters). According to Clarivate Analytics, this…

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Bacteria Community Creates Biodegradable Plastic with Sunlight

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

For all their convenience, plastics are massive environmental headaches. “The main problem is that most synthetic plastic is not completely biodegradable. It cannot be broken down by living…

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MSU Researcher Recreates Evolution Process of Protein

Monday, October 23, 2017
Cyanobacteria cultured in specific media.

The Kerfeld lab (www.kerfeldlab.org) in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Lab focuses on structure-based characterization and engineering of photoprotection and the carbon concentrating mechanism in cyanobacteria; her group is…

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MSU Gets NSF Grant to Study How Undergrads Learn Science

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Cooper, Long, Stoltzfus and Schwarz

Undergraduate science students at Michigan State University are being asked questions about antibiotic resistance and other phenomena that require them to look below the surface, connect concepts across…

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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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Study Finds How Plants are Damaged by Extreme Sunlight

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Robert Last

Scientists have an increasingly sophisticated understanding of mechanisms that ensure efficient photosynthesis under laboratory-controlled light conditions. But less is known about the regulation of photosynthesis when plants experience…

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$10M DOE Grant to Help Boost Camelina OIlseed Yield

Thursday, September 14, 2017
MSU's Danny Schnell works on the seed-oil based Camelina plant, and is seen here with research associates Emily Pawlowski (left) and Bibin Paulose.

Both civil airlines and the military have successfully used camelina oil blends to fly airplanes. Camelina is not a significant food crop. So why doesn’t the oilseed plant…

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