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MSU Researchers Study Plants’ Growth/Defense Switch

Monday, July 10, 2017
plant defenses

A year ago, the lab of Gregg Howe, a Michigan State University Foundation Professor and AgBioResearch scientist, developed a plant that upended a common misconception that plants can…

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Defend or Grow? These Plants Do Both

Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Gregg Howe

From natural ecosystems to farmers’ fields, plants face a dilemma of energy use: outgrow and outcompete their neighbors for light, or defend themselves against insects and disease. But…

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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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World-Renowned Scientists to Study Plant Resilience in New MSU Research Institute

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
The founding members of the MSU Plant Resilience Institute.

Current estimates indicate that agricultural production must nearly double by 2050 to feed the world’s growing population. Add the impacts of climate change and the scarcity of land…

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Study to Increase Biofuel Yield, Limit Fertilizer Use

Wednesday, September 9, 2015
four scientists in switchgrass field

Michigan State University has earned a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to better understand how biofuel crops acquire nitrogen, insights that could help maximize…

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Microbes Crucial to Long-Term Soil Health

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Illustration of crop rotation

Phil Robertson, Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientist and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences has spent the past 26 years studying…

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How Plants Balance Defense, Growth Tactics

Monday, August 10, 2015
Professor Sheng Yang He in greenhouse

New research published in the current issue of Nature has revealed the molecular secrets of plants’ defense mechanisms at the atomic level. The study, led by Michigan State…

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Molecule ‘Moves’ to Protect Against Too Much Sun

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A team led by Cheryl Kerfeld, the Hannah Distinguished Professor of Structural Bioengineering in the Michigan State University-DOE Plant Research Lab, has documented that one molecule within a photosynthesis-producing bacteria…

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Benning Named Director of MSU/DOE Plant Research Laboratory

Friday, July 24, 2015
Algae in Benning lab

Christoph Benning, Michigan State University professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, will become the director of the MSU/ U.S. Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory beginning Aug. 16….

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