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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’s Zhang Studying Nanoparticles as Potential Contaminant

Friday, October 6, 2017
Wei Zhang

Nanotechnology has been a topic of conversation in the scientific sphere for decades, but only recently has it forayed into agriculture. It involves the manipulation of materials at…

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Activated Carbon Could Stop Dioxin Health Risk

Friday, October 6, 2017
MSU Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences professor Stephen Boyd.

New research from Michigan State University has shown for the first time that activated carbon – a substance widely used in water purification – can help eliminate the…

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Pigeon Pea, White Yam: Ghana’s Perfect Crop Combo

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
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White yam is a profitable crop for Ghana’s smallholder farmers, but it poses two big problems: the plants need to be staked, which eats up about a third…

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Biotechnology Saving Potatoes from ‘Late Blight’

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
David Douches

Dave Douches, professor and director of Michigan State University’s Potato Breeding and Genetics Program grows purple potatoes, tiny potatoes, and potatoes that are disease-resistant. He does all of this…

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Cellulosic Biofuels Can Benefit Environment if Managed Correctly

Monday, July 3, 2017
Phil Robertson

Could cellulosic biofuels – or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood – become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy…

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Volatile Organic Compounds: Assessing Soil and Plant Health

Monday, June 19, 2017

Professor Ray Hammerschmidt, Department of Plant Soil and Microbial Sciences,  introduces the possibilities and research behind the use of organic compounds to determine the health of plants and…

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MSU’s Lenski Elected to European Molecular Biology Group

Monday, June 19, 2017
Richard Lenski

Richard Lenski, Michigan State University John Hannah Distinguished Professor and evolutionary biologist renowned for his E. coli Long-Term Experimental Evolution Project, has been elected an associate member of…

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MSU’s Li Gets Jackson Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy Award

Tuesday, June 13, 2017
MSU professor Hui Li.

Hui Li, an associate professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU), is the recipient of the 2017 Jackson Soil Chemistry…

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Decomposing Leaves Are a Source of Greenhouse Gases

Monday, June 5, 2017
Sasha Kravchenko, MSU plant, soil and microbial scientist

Michigan State University scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide. The culprit? Tiny bits of decomposing leaves…

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