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MSU to Lead Global Legume Research

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
African legume field

Michigan State University is the home of the new Feed the Future Legume Systems Research Innovation Lab, uniting researchers from universities around the United States with international collaborators…

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New Biofuel Production System Powered by a Community of Algae and Fungi

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

MSU scientists have a new proof of concept for a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi. It lowers cultivation and harvesting…

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MSU Plant Biologist Receives NSF Grant to Study Natural Defense in Plants

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Michigan State University plant biologist Marjorie Weber is the lead investigator of a five-year, $1.1 million National Science Foundation Dimensions in Biodiversity grant to study the evolutionary dynamics…

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Modeling the Evolutionary Emergence of Diverse Microbial Metabolisms

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Elena Litchman and Christopher Klausmeier

Michigan State University Foundation Professors Elena Litchman and Christopher Klausmeier are the recipients of a two year, $360,000 NASA Astrobiology/Exobiology grant to fund research on modeling the evolutionary origin of…

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Scientists Find New Methods to Control Bacterial Factories for Biotech Aims

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The lab of Cheryl Kerfeld has announced a breakthrough in manipulating miniature factories, found in bacteria, that hold much promise in the biotech field. The factories, called bacterial…

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Researchers Explore Diversity as New Weapon Against Crop Pests

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Despite advances in modern agriculture, insect pests continue to be one of the most significant and long-standing threats faced by farmers. Now, researchers in the lab of Michigan…

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Keeping up with Lipids on the Move: a New Molecular Tracking Method

Friday, June 29, 2018
Lipid Image

In one of the older Star Wars movies, Jedi master Yoda instructs his apprentice, Luke, on the ways of the Force in a series of now-iconic scenes. The…

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Grad Student Receives Barnett Rosenberg Assistantship

Thursday, June 28, 2018
Alyssa Preiser

Alyssa Preiser, a Ph.D. student in the lab of MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) scientist Thomas Sharkey, is a recipient of the Barnett Rosenberg Assistantship in Biological Sciences….

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Microbiologists and Plant Scientists Find Secret to Tackling Cholera

Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Chris Waters

While cholera rages across many regions of the world, a team of microbiologists and plant scientists has pinpointed a genetic weakness in the pandemic’s armor, which could lead…

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Study Shows How Gene Helps Plants Manage Protein Production in Stressful Times

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Flower

The lab of Federica Brandizzi is showing how a gene helps plants adjust protein production during stressful times. The study is in the Proceedings of the National Academy…

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