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Building Soft Robots To Lend A Helping Hand (Or Four)

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Soft robotic hand holding an apple

Spartan researchers have won a grant to develop next-generation machines to help humans in orchards and operating rooms Smarter. Better. Faster. Softer. That’s what Michigan State’s Zhaojian Li…

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Breeding The Best Blueberry

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Image of blueberry plant.

The quest for the best blueberry begins with genetic building blocks that Michigan State University researchers are studying in a USDA-funded project to boost yield, enhance flavor and resist pests. “The perfect blueberry is…

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MSU Named Top 100 Global Institution

Monday, October 26, 2020
Beaumont Tower with the MSU Library in the background.

On its 2021 Best Global Universities ranking, U.S. News & World Report ranked Michigan State University among the top 100 institutions worldwide and in the top 50 in…

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MSU Receives $2 Million USDA Grant To Improve Blueberry Pollination

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Blueberry bushes

Michigan State University has received a four-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative to improve blueberry pollination. The project is led…

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Discovering Beetles Abroad To Protect Trees At Home

Monday, October 19, 2020
Man and woman looking at laptop and microscope

Not every child gets a bark beetle named after them. Then again, not every kid has Michigan State University entomologists Sarah Smith and Anthony Cognato as parents. The…

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Mapping A Greener Future On Farms With Precision Technology

Thursday, October 8, 2020
soybean and corn fields

When it comes to farming, becoming more sustainable can also mean becoming more profitable. So it’s only natural that farmers would look to Spartans for help going —…

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Understanding How Algal Cells Divide When They Are Hungry

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Photobioreactors in the lab of David Kramer

A new study from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory delves into how algae manage cell division processes when they suffer from starvation. The finding has implications for biofuel technologies, given…

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MSU Leads $1 Million NSF Grant to Study Diversity in Classroom Instruction Materials

Thursday, October 1, 2020
classroom

Most scientists that students see in undergraduate educational materials do not reflect the diversity of researchers within the scientific community, nor do they match the identities of students…

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“Sticky Roots” And The Fate Of Soil Carbon In Natural Ecosystems

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Plant with long roots

Human activities are driving increasing concentrations of CO2 into the atmosphere. The good news is that nature has built-in mechanisms operating in ecosystems that can transform atmospheric CO2 into organic…

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Investigating The Impact Of Heatwaves On Natural And Agricultural Ecosystems

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Image of A Colorado potato beetle on a leaf.

Will Wetzel, assistant professor in the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Entomology, is researching how extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, impact various ecosystems in Michigan. A major…

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