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Brake Proteins Needed When Photosynthesis Rates Are High

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
sun shinning through tress

Just as brakes are essential to a car whizzing down a highway, plants rely on special proteins to maintain high rates of photosynthesis without crashing. The big picture is this. Photosynthesis is…

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Sea Lampreys Drawn to Love Smell

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
sea lamprey on rocks

Some people are drawn to cologne; others are attracted to perfume. When it comes to sea lampreys, however, spermine smells like love. In new research led by Michigan…

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Seed Microbiome May Hold Uncommon Ability to Benefit Next Generation of Plants

Monday, June 10, 2019
Seed microbiome may hold uncommon ability to benefit next generation of plants

At the conclusion of a pilot study for Michigan State University’s Plant Resilience Institute, or PRI, microbial ecologist Ashley Shade had a hunch that started a chain reaction…

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Switchgrass Hybrid Yields Insights into Plant Evolution

Monday, June 10, 2019
Switchgrass hybrid yields insights into plant evolution

Switchgrass is attractive as a potential bioenergy crop because it can grow for years without having to be replanted. Requiring less fertilizer than typical annual crops like corn,…

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Team of MSU Scientists Tackling the PFAS Crisis

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are colloquially known as “forever chemicals” because they are so difficult to break down. They are found in water supplies wherever flame…

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A New Way to ‘Hoard’ Resources in Nano-sized Factories Targeted for Biotech

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The lab of Cheryl Kerfeld has created a synthetic nano-sized factory, based on natural ones found in bacteria. This research could someday lead to new medical, industrial, or…

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Native Plant Species May be at Greater Risk from Climate Change than Non-natives

Friday, May 31, 2019
Kellogg Biological Station

As spring advances across the Midwest, a new study looking at blooming flowers suggests that non-native plants might outlast native plants in the region due to climate change….

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Altering How Cyanobacteria Capture Light from the Sun Can Impact their Health

Wednesday, May 29, 2019
Altering how cyanobacteria capture light from the sun can impact their health

Scientists have delved further into how cyanobacteria, one of the planet’s most abundant organisms, manage how they capture light to do photosynthesis. At the center of it all…

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Protecting Photosynthesis from Stalling: a 24-Hr Molecular Hotline

Monday, May 20, 2019
Protecting photosynthesis from stalling: a 24-hr molecular hotline

Photosynthesis is the process that powers life on earth. Photosynthetic organisms capture energy from sunlight, which they use to tear carbon from atmospheric carbon dioxide. The carbon ends…

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Ashley Shade Elected Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow

Sunday, May 19, 2019
College of Natural Science

Ashley Shade, Michigan State University microbial ecologist, was selected as a 2019-2023 Ecological Society of America (ESA) Early Career Fellow for her pioneering work into advancing the understanding…

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