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Farms, Tables and Revealing Vast Impacts Between and Beyond

Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Open farm field with irrigation system in the background

Bountiful harvests in one location can mean empty water reservoirs and environmental woes far from farmlands. A unique study in this week’s Nature Communications examines how food, energy, water and…

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Fishing For Answers To Life’s Mysteries

Monday, November 2, 2020
Close up veiw of a gar fishes mouth, showing its teeth. With a blue sky in the background.

Evolutionarily speaking, the spotted gar is a bit of an old soul. That’s why Ingo Braasch, a Michigan State University assistant professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, is…

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Study Finds Small Streams Have Big Impacts On Great Lakes

Thursday, October 29, 2020
River tributary with trees on both sides

Excessive nutrient inputs from tributary streams and rivers contribute to harmful algal blooms and coastal ecosystem degradation worldwide. However, the role that small tributaries play in coastal nutrient…

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Putting MSU On The “Geopath” To Diversity In The Earth Sciences

Thursday, October 22, 2020
Image of Tourists taking in Gros Morne Park, Newfoundland, Canada where geoscientist Matt Schrenk conducts research.

With support from a two-year, $250,000 National Science Foundation GeoPAths grant, Matt Schrenk, assistant professor, and Julie Libarkin, professor, both from MSU’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (EES) in the College of Natural…

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Mendoza To Tackle Greenhouse Gas Issues As A Scialog Fellow

Thursday, October 15, 2020
A factory with smoke stack

Jose Mendoza of Michigan State University has been named a Fellow for Scialog: Negative Emissions Science and will join 50 early-career scientists aimed at tackling the issues of…

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MSU Entomologists Join $5.4 Million Effort To Develop Sustainable Management Of Spotted Wing Drosophila

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
MSU entomologist Rufus Isaacs works with his students and staff in the laboratory.

The new grant aims to develop systems-based integrated management programs of the invasive fruit fly spotted wing Drosophila, a major pest of fruit. Entomology professor Rufus Isaacs’ lab…

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Mapping A Greener Future On Farms With Precision Technology

Thursday, October 8, 2020
soybean and corn fields

When it comes to farming, becoming more sustainable can also mean becoming more profitable. So it’s only natural that farmers would look to Spartans for help going —…

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Understanding How Algal Cells Divide When They Are Hungry

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Photobioreactors in the lab of David Kramer

A new study from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory delves into how algae manage cell division processes when they suffer from starvation. The finding has implications for biofuel technologies, given…

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MSU Interdisciplinary Team Secures $3.2M Grant To Empower Off-Grid Communities

Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Native fishermen docking their boats

Michigan State University Researcher Emilio Moran will lead a team in the development of a convergent framework offering non-dam hydropower as a sustainable energy solution for off-grid communities…

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Michigan Clean Water Corps To Be Administered By MSU Through New $1.7 Million Grant

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Great Lakes bathymetry map

The Michigan Clean Water Corps, a statewide network of volunteer programs for monitoring lake and stream water quality, will now be administered through MSU with a grant from…

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