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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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$1.1M DOE Grant to Improve Switchgrass for Biofuel

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
David Lowry, assistant professor of plant biology, poses next to a switchgrass plant on Tuesday July 18, 2017.

Just as sequencing the human genome has netted major health and medical benefits, switchgrass genomics will pay dividends through the development of advanced liquid biofuels. Researchers at Michigan…

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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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MSU’s Childs Named Director of Genomics Core of RTSF

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Kevin Childs

Kevin Childs, assistant professor in the Department of Plant Biology, was appointed director of the Research Technology Support Facility (RTSF) Genomics Core at MSU in April. Childs’ current…

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MSU Scientists Tracking Evolution of Specialized Plant Molecule

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Robert Last

Michigan State University’s Robert Last studies tomatoes. Specifically, he researches their hair, or trichomes. His most recent study focused on a single type of molecule in trichomes –…

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New Techniques Pinpoint Evolution of Wheat Fungi

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Fungi

Michigan State University and Yale University scientists have illuminated a successful new strategy for pinpointing fungi genes responsible for the evolution of certain biological processes. The results appear in…

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MSU’s Last is President-Elect of National Plant Biologists Group

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Robert Last

Robert Last, an MSU Barnett Rosenberg Professor, has been elected president-elect of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). Last, a professor in the MSU Departments of Biochemistry…

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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 Genes Turned on When Plants Compete

Monday, May 15, 2017
Maren Friesen

According to Maren Friesen, a Michigan State University plant biologist whose work is featured in a special issue of the Journal of Ecology, the lessons of plant diversity and…

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MSU’s He Reappointed as an HHMI Investigator

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Sheng-Yang He standing in greenhouse

Sheng Yang He, a University Distinguished Professor of plant biology at Michigan State University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) – Gordon Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) Investigator…

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