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Scientists Improve Yield Predictions Based on Seedling Data

Thursday, January 9, 2020
An orange sunset with the figures of corn stalks.

A doctor diagnosing a 50-year-old patient based on a blood test taken during the patient’s infancy would be unthinkable. Anecdotally speaking, however, that’s what Michigan State University scientists…

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Identifying a Plant Cell Barrier to Breeding More Nutritious Crops

Friday, December 20, 2019
Stevia plants growing in small pots in a greenhouse

What if we could grow plants that are larger and also have higher nutritional content? Michigan State University scientists have identified a protein that could be a major roadblock…

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A New Tool Tidies Up Molecules at the Nano Level

Friday, December 13, 2019

Tidying up. Not an idea associated with living cells on the nanoscale. But just as a mismash of IKEA bits scattered throughout your bedroom is less useful than…

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Transformative Change Can Save Humans and Nature

Friday, December 13, 2019

The survival of Earth’s life is not a battle of humans versus nature. In this week’s Science a sweeping assessment of nature, concluding victory needs both humans and…

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MSU Faculty Named Highly Cited Researchers for 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Rufus Isaacs collecting specimens off a tree outdoors

Eight MSU researchers have been recognized in the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers List, an annual compilation of the global leaders in scientific influence by Clarivate Analytics. Each year, the…

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MSU Researchers Create Limited Edition Purple Potato Chips

Monday, December 2, 2019

A new breed of potato is mutually beneficial to farmers, consumers and happens to be purple. Purple potato chips could be on shelves at a grocery store near…

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Business and Forestry Researchers Partner to Create Sweet Revenue

Tuesday, November 19, 2019
cherries in boxes

Bahar Aliakbarian, research leader at the Axia Institute and fixed-term faculty in MSU’s Broad College supply chain management department, was recently awarded a grant from the Michigan Translational Research and…

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Plant Specimens Provide Powerful Data About Life in the Anthropocene

Monday, November 11, 2019
close up shot of green and purple leafed plants

Researchers from Michigan State University and Carnegie Museum of Natural History report plant specimens are being used in novel new ways that could influence future environmental policy, species conservation…

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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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