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Plant Phenomics Researcher Joins MSU

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Dan Chitwood

Dan Chitwood recently joined the Department of Horticulture as an assistant professor. Chitwood studies plant morphology from the molecular basis of leaf development to quantifying the diverse shapes…

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MSU Releases New ‘Day Neutral’ Strawberry Varieties

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
strawberries

James Hancock, professor emeritus, Michigan State University, is internationally acclaimed for developing many successful blueberry varieties. Several years ago, he turned his green thumb to strawberries, developing the first…

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New Laboratory Explores Vertical Farming

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Erik Runkle, a professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture, developed new Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory (CELL) to: Conduct research on controlled-environment production of high-value specialty food crops, such as…

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Developing New Cropping Systems to Help Michigan Vegetables Survive Extreme Weather

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Brainhard with carrots

Michigan vegetable producers are facing an increased incidence of extreme weather events — such as drought, heat and heavy rainfall — that place extreme stress on crops. New…

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USDA Grant to Improve Agricultural Use of Water, Energy

Thursday, January 18, 2018
David Hyndman

Around the world, irrigated agriculture is the largest consumer of water and one of the largest users of energy. Michigan State University scientists are leading a $2.5 million…

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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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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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MSU Water Research on Ornamental Crops Wins National Award

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Michigan State University-led research project focused on water conservation and improved water quality within the ornamental crops industry is the national recipient of the 2017 Experiment Station…

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MSU’s ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ Tied to International Initiative

Thursday, June 1, 2017
fascination of plants 2017

Thirty Michigan State University volunteers – grad students, post-docs and faculty – from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Horticulture,…

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More Beans: Better Crops, Better Nutrition in Guatemala

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Luis Flores, Guatemala

According to the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the indigenous Mayan population of the western highlands of Guatemala remains one of the most undernourished in the world….

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