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Bacteria Community Creates Biodegradable Plastic with Sunlight

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

For all their convenience, plastics are massive environmental headaches. “The main problem is that most synthetic plastic is not completely biodegradable. It cannot be broken down by living…

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Light-Sensitive Proteins Offer Potential ‘Custom’ Health Solutions

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Each cyanobacterium is 25 times smaller than a human hair. We are studying the fundamentals of energy capture and conversion in this organism in order to apply that knowledge for synthetic biology purposes Original by Eric Young.

We are inching closer to the day where we can use light to help cure diseases. The key is harnessing the power of  proteins that are sensitive to light. The Kerfeld…

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Identifying a New Family of Light-Responsive Proteins

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
cyanobacteria

When Han Bao started looking for a new  cyanobacteria species to study, she had no idea that the perfect candidate was just upstairs. Han is part of the Kerfeld lab’s project around…

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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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New Snapshot of How Bacteria are Organized

Thursday, June 22, 2017

For the first time, scientists have visualized the fine details of bacterial microcompartment shells – the organisms’ submicroscopic nanoreactors, which are comprised completely of protein. The results, led…

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Sequencing Poisonous Mushrooms May Lead to New Medicines

Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Johnathan Walton, director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, poses in his lab on Wednesday November 21, 2012.

A team of Michigan State University scientists has genetically sequenced two species of poisonous mushrooms, discovering that they can theoretically produce billions of compounds through one molecular assembly…

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MSU Researcher Gets NIH Grant to Study Harmful Plant Bacteria

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Kyaw (Joe) Aung

Kyaw (Joe) Aung, a research associate in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), College of Natural Science, is the recipient of a 2016 National Institutes of Health (NIH)…

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MSU Researchers Find Connection Crucial to Plant Development

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Frederica Brandizzi

Michigan State University researchers, for the first time, have identified how plants’ largest cell factory moves to maintain vital functions, which could lead to advances in improving plant…

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MSU’s Kramer Wins International Innovation Prize

Friday, August 19, 2016

David M. Kramer, MSU Hannah Distinguished Professor in photosynthesis and bioenergetics, is the 2016 recipient of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research (ISPR) Innovation Award. The ISPR, founded…

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Plant Scientist Brandizzi Named MSU Foundation Professor

Wednesday, September 23, 2015
Frederica Brandizzi

Michigan State University (MSU) professor of plant science Federica Brandizzi has been named an MSU Foundation Professor. “This award recognizes Professor Brandizzi’s internationally renowned research for the MSU-Department…

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