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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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MSU Research Could Transform How Photosynthesis is Studied

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Michigan State University scientists have discovered a significant role that a particular protein complex plays in the process of photosynthesis, potentially changing how scientists study the process entirely….

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MSU Scientists Helping African Farmers Grow New Sources of Protein

Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Atsuko Kanazawa

Atsuko Kanazawa, assistant professor in the lab of University Distinguished Professor David Kramer, focuses on understanding the basics of photosynthesis, the process by which which plants capture solar…

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MSU Students Win Silver Medal at Synthetic Biology Competition

Thursday, December 21, 2017
The Shewlock Holmes team, from left to right: Ciara Fromwiller, Serenity Tyll, Cody Madsen, Michaela TerAvest, Danny Ducat, Noelia Bravo, Brian Amburn, Donna Liebelt (advisor). Not included: Bjoern Hamberger, Tim Whitehead. By Shewlock Homes.

MSU’s second-ever iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machines) student team won a Silver Medal at the 2017 competition in Boston. The team was made up of seven students from Chemical Engineering,…

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MSU Researchers Studying Plants’ Genetic Response to Space

Thursday, December 21, 2017

The public buzz is building as technological advances get us closer to sending a human to Mars – and sometime in the future, to colonizing it. But how…

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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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