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Building Soft Robots To Lend A Helping Hand (Or Four)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Soft robotic hand holding an apple

Spartan researchers have won a grant to develop next-generation machines to help humans in orchards and operating rooms Smarter. Better. Faster. Softer. That’s what Michigan State’s Zhaojian Li…

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Breeding The Best Blueberry

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Image of blueberry plant.

The quest for the best blueberry begins with genetic building blocks that Michigan State University researchers are studying in a USDA-funded project to boost yield, enhance flavor and resist pests. “The perfect blueberry is…

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MSU Receives $2 Million USDA Grant To Improve Blueberry Pollination

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Blueberry bushes

Michigan State University has received a four-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative to improve blueberry pollination. The project is led…

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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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Finding And Fighting A New Hop Disease In Michigan

Thursday, October 1, 2020
Image of hop plants.

As Michigan’s hop industry grows, many of the state’s craft brewers would prefer to use locally-grown hops for their pilsners, ales and stouts, but a new species of…

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Srivastava Named 2020 International Academy Of Agricultural And Biosystems Engineering Fellow

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Ag Hall Image

Ajit Srivastava, professor in the MSU Department of Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, has been awarded one of the field’s highest honors. Ajit Srivastava, professor in the Michigan State…

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Ask The Expert: Seasonal Economics Of Food During A Pandemic

Tuesday, September 22, 2020
boxes of food piled up

Michigan State University’s Trey Malone answers questions about the economics of food in the coming months and how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect typical seasonal patterns. Malone is an assistant…

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Three Students Earn USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellowships

Sunday, September 13, 2020
Stevia Plants close up

Kaitlyn Casulli, Genevieve Hoopes and Natalie Kaiser, doctoral students conducting research with CANR faculty, are among 57 award recipients nationwide. Kaitlyn Casulli, Natalie Kaiser and Genevieve Hoopes, doctoral students conducting research…

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MSU-Led National Cucurbit Project Renewed For $7.1 Million

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
MSU Department of Horticulture professor Rebecca Grumet and students.

The Cucurbit Coordinated Agricultural Project (CucCAP), a multi-institution, nationwide research and outreach initiative led by Michigan State University and dedicated to cucurbit crops — cucumbers, squashes, melons and…

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MSU Researchers To Lead $5.2M Grant To Investigate Management Strategies For Fire Blight

Thursday, September 3, 2020
Two juicy red apples still on the tree in a warm summer evening.

George Sundin and Nikki Rothwell will lead a USDA-funded project examining fire blight, a disease that can kill apple and pear trees. George Sundin George Sundin, professor and…

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