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Researchers Team Up to Investigate Microbes and Their Effect on Plant Growth

Friday, May 17, 2019
Researchers team up to investigate microbes and their effect on plant growth

Michigan State University (MSU) microbiologist Cecilia Martinez-Gomez is co-principal investigator (PI) on a four-year, $1.77 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Dimensions in Biodiversity grant comprised of five research teams,…

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A New Rhomboid-like Protein that Helps Plants Produce Lipids

Monday, May 13, 2019
A new rhomboid-like protein that helps plants produce lipids

The Benning lab has identified a rhomboid-like protein that may help plant chloroplasts tune their lipid production. The study is published in The Plant Journal.  Lipids are molecules…

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Simpler & Smaller: A New Synthetic Nanofactory Inspired by Nature

Monday, April 29, 2019
Simpler & smaller: a new synthetic nanofactory inspired by nature

Bacteria across our planet contain nanometer-sized factories that do many different things. Some make nutrients, others isolate toxic materials that could harm the bacteria. We have barely scratched…

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Understanding Evolution to Reduce Pesticide Use in Tomatoes

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Tomatoes, Evolution, Pesticide, Crop Breeders

Although pesticides are a standard part of crop production, Michigan State University researchers believe pesticide use could be reduced by taking cues from wild plants. The team recently…

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Ninth Annual Innovation Celebration Honors Entrepreneurial Success

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Innovation Center MSU

Excitement and conversation filled the room as a record attendance of more than 400 people gathered at Spartan Stadium April 18 to celebrate faculty and students showcasing technologies…

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MSU Awarded $7.8M for Agricultural Transformation in Malawi

Monday, April 22, 2019
MSU awarded $7.8M for agricultural transformation in Malawi, Tobacco

Michigan State University researchers received a $7.8 million grant from the Agricultural Transformation Initiative to build an independent policy research institute in Malawi dedicated to improving the livelihoods…

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Solving the Mystery of Fertilizer Loss from Midwest Cropland

Monday, April 15, 2019
Solving the mystery of fertilizer loss from Midwest cropland

Farmers can’t predict their annual corn harvest with certainty, but with the help of new research from Michigan State University, they can now pinpoint specific parts of their…

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Our First Look at a New Light Absorbing Protein in Cyanobacteria

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria are tiny, hardy organisms. Each cell is 25 times smaller than a human hair, but don’t let the size fool you. Their collective ability to do photosynthesis…

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Leveraging the Resilience of Microbial Communities to Support Stable Ecosystems

Monday, April 1, 2019

Microbial communities (or microbiomes) contain discrete populations of bacteria, archaea, fungi, and viruses that interact both with each other and with their local environment.  Environmental microbial communities act…

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Keeping Plants Nourished: the Workings of a Photosynthesis Backup System

Monday, March 25, 2019
Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is how plants ‘make their food’ and feed the rest of the planet. The key ingredient in that recipe is carbon. So, the process captures energy from…

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