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MSU’s Trail Leads Multi Funded Investigation Into Evolution Of Infectious Fungi

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
College of Natural Science

Fungi appeared on Earth around 1.5 billion years ago. Today, there may be as many as 5 million fungal species, and they are found everywhere, from the mushroom…

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Harnessing the Power of Biology Scientists Go the Distance in Electron Transfer Study

Monday, July 6, 2020

In one video, you see a dark, opaque surface, pulsating slowly. All of a sudden, a flash of light streaks across the surface with the intensity of a…

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Disparities in Biology Textbooks Explored

Friday, June 26, 2020
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Researchers from four universities, including Michigan State University plant biologists Marjorie Weber and Ash Zemenick, participated in a study to explore a potential demographic mismatch in scientists featured in biology textbooks…

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MSU Integrative Biologist Utilizes NEON to Illuminate Biodiversity

Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Satelline image of United States

There is more to science than meets the eye. Take an ordinary Michigan landscape — white pines, black-eyed susans, white-tailed deer and a few chickadees — just random…

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Nature Provides Roadmap to Potential Breakthroughs in Solar Energy Technology

Thursday, June 11, 2020
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As policymakers increasingly turn toward science in addressing global climate change, one Michigan State University scientist is looking to nature to develop the next generation of solar energy…

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Brandon Rohnke Named AAAS Science Technology Policy Fellow

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Department of Energy

Brandon Rohnke, a postdoc at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), has accepted an offer to be a Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for…

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DOE Renews Funding for Innovative Photosynthesis Research at MSU DOE Plant Research Lab

Friday, May 29, 2020
Biochemistry building home of the Plant Research Lab

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the Michigan State University-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) an $11.25 million DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) competitive renewal…

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New Method Tracks Cyanobacteria Photosynthetic Productivity, in Real Time

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
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MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory scientists have established a new method to quantify how much cyanobacteria assimilate carbon in the process of photosynthesis, in real time. The study is published…

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MSU Scientists Shake Up Balancing Act of Plant Metabolism

Monday, May 18, 2020

Step outside and spring is in full bloom, from red tulips, to pink magnolias to purple lilacs, but how do plants create all that color? The alluring hues…

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No-Till Agriculture Increases Crop Yields, Environmental Gains Over Long Haul

Monday, May 18, 2020
Two men standing in a crop field

Despite the environmental benefits of no-till agriculture, farmers often hesitate to change to this management approach due to uncertain economic returns. Sarah Cusser, postdoctoral research associate at the Kellogg…

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