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New Biofuel Production System Powered by a Community of Algae and Fungi

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

MSU scientists have a new proof of concept for a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi. It lowers cultivation and harvesting…

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Global Water Pathogens Project Receives Gates Foundation Award

Monday, May 14, 2018
Joan Rose

The Global Water Pathogens Project, or GWPP, a joint effort through Michigan State University and the International Hydrological Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization,…

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MSU’s Shade Receives NSF Award to Research Rare Soil Microorganisms

Thursday, May 3, 2018
Portrait photo of Ashley Shade with NSF logo

  Ashley Shade, an assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in the MSU College of Natural Science, and in the Department of Plant, Soil…

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Eleven MSU Researchers Receive CAREER Awards for 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
NSF Career Awardees Headshots

Eleven Michigan State University scientists are the recipients of National Science Foundation (NSF) Early CAREER Faculty Awards, seven of them women in the College of Natural Science. The…

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New MSU Research to Explore the Basis of Immunity

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

A new research project by Michigan State University scientists will probe the mechanisms that drive disease and immunity at the cellular level, work which stands to revolutionize our…

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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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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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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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