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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’s TerAvest Gets 2018 NSF CAREER Award

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Michaela TerAvest

Michaela TerAvest, assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Michigan State University, received $519,357 from NSF’s Division of Engineering to support her project to develop a microbial electrosynthesis…

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Faculty Posting Plant Resilience – Plant Biology

Friday, September 29, 2017
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The departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Horticulture, and Plant Biology in collaboration with the newly created Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State University, are inviting applications for…

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Faculty Posting in Plant Resilience – BMB

Friday, September 29, 2017
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Overview: The departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Horticulture, and Plant Biology in collaboration with the newly created Plant Resilience Institute at Michigan State University, are inviting applications…

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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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