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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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High Temperatures Weaken Plants’ Defenses Against Bacteria

Monday, November 27, 2017

An issue of global concern is the anticipated shortage of agricultural output to meet the steady rise in human population. Michigan State University scientists understand that overcoming crop…

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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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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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MSU Researcher Recreates Evolution Process of Protein

Monday, October 23, 2017
Cyanobacteria cultured in specific media.

The Kerfeld lab (www.kerfeldlab.org) in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Lab focuses on structure-based characterization and engineering of photoprotection and the carbon concentrating mechanism in cyanobacteria; her group is…

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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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Speeding Up Plants’ Production Cycle Can Destroy Them

Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Atsuko Kanazawa

For more than 15 years, Atsuko Kanazawa and her colleagues at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) have been working to improve the efficiency of photosynthesis – the process…

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Protecting Plants from the Power of Sunlight

Friday, July 21, 2017
These plants are related, but those that can't manage environmental stress might not survive. Source: Donghee Hoh, Kramer lab

Research is showing that the speed at which plants adjust to changes in their surroundings is vital to their health. But a major problem for scientists has been…

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MSU Researchers Making Progress on Biofuels

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Arabidopsis can make lipids through two sources in plant cells. Half of the precursors come from the chloroplasts (the solar power plant for the plant’s survival) and half from the endoplasmic reticulum, a massive cellular factory.

Sometimes, when a science experiment doesn’t work out, unexpected opportunities open up. That’s what Yang Yang and the lab of Christoph Benning, MSU Foundation Professor and director of the MSU-DOE…

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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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