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Exploring the Role of Cannabis in Treating Serious Disease

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Michigan State University researchers are exploring the role cannabis plays in improving brain health and treating diseases such as HIV/AIDS, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. A pioneer in his field,…

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Harnessing Synthetic Biology to Co-produce High-value Terpenoid Biomaterials and Biofuel in Plants

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Molecules

Michigan State University scientists have developed synthetic biology tools to co-produce high-value compounds in plants. The study is published today in the journal Nature Communications. Terpenoids form the…

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Machine Learning Unlocks Plants’ Secrets

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Plants

Plants are master chemists, and Michigan State University researchers have unlocked their secret of producing specialized metabolites. The research, published in the latest issue of Proceedings of the National…

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Keeping SDGs from Being a Zero-Sum Game

Monday, February 11, 2019
SPG

Even as the world gets on the same sustainability page courtesy of the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), those very goals can result in significant tradeoffs. Scientists…

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How Does the Amazon Rain Forest Cope with Drought?

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Amazon rain forest isn’t necessarily a place that many would associate with a drought, yet prolonged dry spells are projected to become more prevalent and severe because…

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Finding Ways to Use Natural Plant Adaptations to Feed the World

Friday, February 1, 2019
Robert Van Buren

Robert VanBuren, an assistant professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture, explores how the mechanisms and characteristics that help plants be resilient to drought could lead to new…

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New Insights Into Plant Cell Organelle and Molecule Movement

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Leaves

Michigan State University scientists have identified a new protein, called TGNap1 (TGN associated protein 1), that they found at a poorly understood plant cell organelle, the Trans-Golgi Network…

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Professor Earns USDA NIFA Grant to Research Consumer Acceptance of Gene-Edited Food

Monday, January 14, 2019
USDA

Vincenzina Caputo has been awarded a three year, $498,476 grant to study consumer choice behavior and demand for gene-edited foods using a neuro-economics approach. The grant comes from…

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Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture to Invest $2.6 Million in Industry Research and Outreach

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
Cow

The Michigan Alliance for Animal Agriculture (M-AAA) will invest $2.6 million in 2019 to support research and outreach that directly benefits the animal agriculture industries. Addressing short- and…

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Plants’ Defense Against Insects is a Bouquet

Thursday, January 3, 2019
Vincenzina Caputo

Michigan State University scholar Andrea Glassmire and her colleagues have revealed how the mixture of chemical weapons deployed by plants keeps marauding insects off base better than a…

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