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Leveraging Drone Technology to Release Sterile Insects

Friday, November 8, 2019

Chris Adams and Larry Gut, entomologists in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University, are using large drones to release sterile insects as a more sustainable and cost-effective…

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Unlikely Gathering of Scientists Generates Extraordinary Research Team to Create the Fat Free Cell

Thursday, November 7, 2019
microscopic view of a fat cell

In late February 2019, the National Science Foundation, or NSF, gathered a group of scientists from widely different disciplines who rarely communicate — let alone collaborate — into…

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Trustees Approve Funding Request For Greenhouse Expansion

Friday, October 25, 2019
plants in an msu greenhouse

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees is supporting a state funding request for the renovation and expansion of plant science greenhouses to enhance research and education. MSU…

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Study Provides Framework for 1 Billion Years of Green Plant Evolution

Wednesday, October 23, 2019
microscopic and close up photo of 3 plants

Gene sequences for more than 1100 plant species have been released by an international consortium of nearly 200 plant scientists, the culmination of a nine-year research project. The One…

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Identifying a Cyanobacterial Gene Family that Helps Control Photosynthesis

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
cyanobacteria

A new Michigan State University study has identified a family of genes in cyanobacteria that help control carbon dioxide fixation. The discovery furthers our basic knowledge of photosynthesis….

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MSU Researchers Collaborate on $2.7M DOE Grant to Study Sorghum

Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Healthy growing crop of sorghum

Michigan State University researchers are part of a multi-university team that has been awarded a $2.7 million U.S. Department of Energy, or DOE, grant for a new study…

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First MSU Ph.D. Student Receives Beinecke African Conservation Scholarship

Tuesday, September 17, 2019
A satellite image of the Albertine Rift

Samuel Ayebare, a Ph.D. student in Michigan State University’s Department of Integrative Biology (IBIO) and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior (EEBB) program, is the first MSU student…

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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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