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Federica Brandizzi Named 2020 MSU Innovator Of The Year

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Federica Brandizzi in front of computers

As the world’s population increases and the demand for food continues to rise, the need to improve crop yields only grows, not only for the current consuming population…

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MSU Scientists Put The Heat On Microbes

Monday, March 23, 2020
rocks in a river

Hurricanes, floods, drought and fire. Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent as the climate changes and can destroy entire landscapes — both visible and invisible. Like humans,…

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New Study Shows How Light Impacts a Plant’s Greenness

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Wild Type Arabidopsis Plants

MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory scientists are refining our understanding of how light wavelengths impact how plants develop their chloroplasts. Chloroplasts are the engines of plants. They use light from…

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How Plants Tune Their Greenness to Light Quality in Their Surroundings

Thursday, March 5, 2020
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MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory scientists are refining our understanding of how light wavelengths impact how plants develop their chloroplasts. Chloroplasts are the ‘engines’ of plants. They use light from…

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USDA Grant Supports Potato Breeding and Genetics Program

Monday, March 2, 2020
Potatoes in a wooden crate that says "MSU-potato"

Michigan State University received $700,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to invest in its potato breeding and genetics program. The award…

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Big Data Helps Farmers Adapt to Climate Variability

Thursday, February 27, 2020
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A new Michigan State University study shines a light on how big data and digital technologies can help farmers better adapt to threats — both present and future…

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Plant Protein Helps Control Powerhouse of Plant Cell

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Stevia Plants close up

A new Michigan State University study shows how a protein, called peroxiredoxin Q, or PRXQ, connects two biochemical pathways that are vital for plant chloroplast health. Chloroplasts are…

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Montgomery Recognized as One of the 100 Most Inspiring Black Scientists in America

Monday, February 17, 2020
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Beronda Montgomery, MSU Foundation Professor, was listed as one of the 100 inspiring black scientists in America by CrossTalk, the official blog of Cell Press, a leading publisher of cutting-edge…

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Can Leaves Prepare for Bacterial Infection?

Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Leaf

A new study from MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) scientists shows how the protein, CAMTA, helps trigger whole-plant immunity against bacteria. The study is published in the journal Molecular…

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A Protein Lulls Algae to Sleep: What That Means for Making Green Fuels

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
biofueld cell close up

Algae have the potential to become a sustainable source of high value biofuels and oils. A big hurdle that holds us back from mass producing algae feedstocks is…

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