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MSU’S Litchman Wins Excellence Professorship Award

Monday, March 13, 2017
Elena Litchman

Elena Litchman, Michigan State University Foundation Professor of integrative biology, is the recipient of an Excellence Professorship Award from the Professor Dr. Werner-Petersen Foundation based in Kiel, Germany….

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Wheat Virus Crosses Over, Harms Native Grasses

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Carolyn Malmstrom, associate professor of plant biology, poses in front of a growth chamber on Monday February 11, 2013.

Once upon a time, it was thought that crop diseases affected only crops. New research shows, however, that a common wheat virus can spread and harm perennial native…

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Faculty Position Posting Plant Biology

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
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Department of Plant Biology Application of Large Scale Biology Data to Fundamental Problems in Plant Biology The Department of Plant Biology at Michigan State University invites applications for…

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Several MSU Researchers Among World’s Most Highly Cited

Monday, December 12, 2016
seven faculty members

Seven Michigan State University faculty members have earned a spot on the Reuters Thomson highly cited researchers list for 2016. This year’s list honors approximately 3,000 scientists from…

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Ecologist Klausmeier Named MSU Foundation Professor

Friday, September 9, 2016
Christopher Klausmeier and zooplankton

Christopher Klausmeier, professor of plant biology and W.K. Kellogg Biological Station faculty member, has been named an MSU Foundation Professor. The MSU Foundation Professor title is designated for…

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Biologist Litchman Named MSU Foundation Professor

Friday, September 9, 2016
Elena Litchman and satellite photo of phytoplankton

Elena Litchman, professor of integrative biology and faculty member at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station, has been named an MSU Foundation Professor. The MSU Foundation Professor title is…

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MSU to Use NSF Grant to Study Plants’ Defenses

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Brad Day

Michigan State University has landed a $900,000 National Science Foundation grant to learn more about how plants’ molecular gates close and alert defenses for battling diseases. The MSU…

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MSU Plant Biologist Receives NSF CAREER Award

Sunday, June 26, 2016
Lars Brudvig

Lars Brudvig, assistant professor of plant biology in Michigan State University’s College of Natural Science (NatSci), is the recipient of a five-year, $653,460 National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty…

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Mysterious Bacteria Cannot Fix Its Own Nitrogen After All

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Maren Friesen

Maren Friesen, Michigan State University plant biologist, has found that an elusive bacteria, known as Streptomyces thermoautotrophicus, does not in fact have the exceptional properties that some scientists had hoped….

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Biodiversity Doesn’t Help or Hurt Grasses Grown for Biofuel

Friday, September 25, 2015
Kay Gross

A new study conducted at the Michigan State University (MSU) W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) has revealed that species diversity has no substantial impact on production of switchgrass…

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