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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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High Temperatures Weaken Plants’ Defenses Against Bacteria

Monday, November 27, 2017

An issue of global concern is the anticipated shortage of agricultural output to meet the steady rise in human population. Michigan State University scientists understand that overcoming crop…

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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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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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