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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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MSU’s ‘Fascination of Plants Day’ Tied to International Initiative

Thursday, June 1, 2017
fascination of plants 2017

Thirty Michigan State University volunteers – grad students, post-docs and faculty – from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, the Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Horticulture,…

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Unpacking a New Bacterial Mini-Factory

Monday, May 22, 2017
The raw material enters the mini-factory. It is processed first by a "signature enzyme," in this case, the GRE. Source: Clement Aussignargues, Kerfeld lab

Many bacteria contain microcompartments that function like mini-factories, efficiently processing compounds for diverse purposes. For example, they sequester toxic intermediates in organisms like the notorious Salmonella and Escherichia;…

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Plant Proteins Found to Control Development

Monday, May 22, 2017
Jianping Hu

The Jianping Hu and her lab have identified a new protein that helps with the division and proliferation of little cellular factories, called peroxisomes. The study is published…

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Plants’ Defenses Reveal Capacity to Fight Disease

Thursday, May 18, 2017

André Velásquez, research associate in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, and colleague Matt Oney wanted to find out how many types of defenses a plant could muster against…

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Improving Plants by Increasing Biomass, Starting from Seeds

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Sang-Jin Kim (center). By Harley J Seeley

Sang-Jin Kim, assistant professor in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, and his colleagues in the Brandizzi lab want to make plants more productive and resilient in the face of…

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Solving Big Problems in Agriculture and Energy

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Michigan State University plant researcher David Kramer has his sights set on making a measurable impact on food security and renewable energy for the future. He and his…

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MSU’s He Reappointed as an HHMI Investigator

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Sheng-Yang He standing in greenhouse

Sheng Yang He, a University Distinguished Professor of plant biology at Michigan State University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) – Gordon Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF) Investigator…

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MSU Biologist Howe Named ASPB Fellow

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Gregg Howe

Gregg Howe, a Michigan State University Foundation Professor and AgBioResearch scientist, is the recipient of a Fellow of ASPB Award by the American Society of Plant Biologists. Established…

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Chemist, Plant Scientist Win Innovation Awards

Friday, April 14, 2017
James Dye and gregg Howe

Two faculty members from the College of Natural Science (NatSci) were among the honorees at the 7th annual Michigan State University Innovation Celebration on April 12. The MSU…

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