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Finding Microbial Pillars of the Bio-Energy Community

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Late fall switchgrass harvest

Stems, leaves, flowers and fruits make up the biggest chunk of potential living space for microbes in the environment, but ecologists still don’t know a lot about how…

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Underrated and Underground, Tuber Evolution Study Earns NSF Grant

Thursday, September 5, 2019
assortment of potatoes

The United States grew more than a million acres of potatoes in 2017, making the number one vegetable crop in the country a tuber. But potatoes are not…

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Global Change is Triggering an Identity Switch in Grasslands

Thursday, September 5, 2019
switchgrass in field

Grasslands make up more than 40% of the world’s ice-free land and have sustained humanity and thousands of other species for eons. In addition to providing food for…

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MSU Research Lends Insight as More Farms Worldwide Adopt Precision Agriculture Practices

Friday, August 30, 2019
Photo of corn field

MSU Researcher Lends Insight as More and More Farms Worldwide Adopt Precision Practices. Marc Hasenick isn’t interested in labels. He’s not concerned with being called “innovative” or “progressive.”…

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NIH Grant Supports Research on Fungal Pathogens

Monday, August 26, 2019

Michigan State University plant biologist Frances Trail is part of a team of three scientists to recently receive a National Institutes of Health, or NIH, Research Project Grant…

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A New Way to ‘Hoard’ Resources in Nano-Sized Factories Targeted for Biotech

Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Blue bacteria with coding in the background

The lab of Cheryl Kerfeld at Michigan State University has created a synthetic nano-sized factory, based on natural ones found in bacteria. This research could someday lead to…

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Record Number of Postdoctoral Researchers Earn NIFA Fellowships

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Seven Michigan State University postdoctoral researchers are recipients of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, fellowship and two-year grant of $161,000 to support ongoing research…

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New Research Points to Soil Pore Structure as Key to Carbon Storage

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Alexandra Kravchenko, Michigan State University professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, and several of her colleagues recently discovered a new mechanism determining how carbon…

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Symbiotic Relationship between Fungi and Algae Illuminates Algae’s Migration to Land

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Nannochloropsis oceanica endosymbiosis with Mortierella Elongata

Picture a typical documentary scene on the evolution of life. It probably starts with little bugs in a murky, primordial soup. Eons of time zip by as bugs…

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Brake Proteins Needed When Photosynthesis Rates Are High

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
sun shinning through tress

Just as brakes are essential to a car whizzing down a highway, plants rely on special proteins to maintain high rates of photosynthesis without crashing. The big picture is this. Photosynthesis is…

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