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Scientists Find New Methods to Control Bacterial Factories for Biotech Aims

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The lab of Cheryl Kerfeld has announced a breakthrough in manipulating miniature factories, found in bacteria, that hold much promise in the biotech field. The factories, called bacterial…

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FRIB Hosts Dr. Chris Fall

Monday, July 16, 2018
Dr. Chris Fall

On 16 July, FRIB hosted Dr. Chris Fall, principal deputy director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). Dr. Fall spent the day at…

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Keeping up with Lipids on the Move: a New Molecular Tracking Method

Friday, June 29, 2018
Lipid Image

In one of the older Star Wars movies, Jedi master Yoda instructs his apprentice, Luke, on the ways of the Force in a series of now-iconic scenes. The…

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Grad Student Receives Barnett Rosenberg Assistantship

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Alyssa Preiser

Alyssa Preiser, a Ph.D. student in the lab of MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) scientist Thomas Sharkey, is a recipient of the Barnett Rosenberg Assistantship in Biological Sciences….

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Study Shows How Gene Helps Plants Manage Protein Production in Stressful Times

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Flower

The lab of Federica Brandizzi is showing how a gene helps plants adjust protein production during stressful times. The study is in the Proceedings of the National Academy…

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SPL1 Protein Plays a Positive Role in Building Plant Cell Peroxisomes

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Plant

The Jianping Hu lab is furthering our knowledge about how the protein, SPL1, helps build peroxisomes in the plant cell. The study is in The Plant Journal.  expand…

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PhD Student, Aiko Turmo, Awarded Prestigious NSF Fellowship

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
PhD Student

Aiko Turmo, a Ph.D. student in the lab of MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) scientist Cheryl Kerfeld, is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship….

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When Lipids Meet Hormones: Plants’ Answer to Complex Stresses

Monday, May 7, 2018

Unlike animals, plants can’t run away when things get bad. That can be the weather changing or a caterpillar starting to slowly munch on a leaf. Instead, they…

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Stress Tested: How Algae Change their Internal Solar Panels to Stay Alive

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Storm

A collaboration between the Benning and Kramer labs is revealing how nature’s solar panels, found inside algae, constantly grow and shrink in size to adjust to changes in their environments, a crucial…

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Water-Dwelling Bacteria Tracks Light to Control Its Energy, Food

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Banner image of Cyanobacterial bloom near fiji by NASA, Public Domain; Refraction_triangular prism by Siyavula Education, CC BY 2.0.

The Montgomery lab in the Michigan State University-Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory has found a link between how water-dwelling bacteria, called cyanobacteria, monitor light quality in their…

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