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Plants: Cool Biology and Useful Functions

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Robin Buell, professor of plant biology, and an expert in the genomic aspects of plant biology and plant pathogens, explains some of her ongoing projects, including her work with…

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New MSU Turfgrass Resists Golf Course Disease

Monday, April 27, 2015

A 20-year search for a turfgrass resistant to the most common disease afflicting golf courses in Michigan and throughout the northeastern United States has finished on an upswing….

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Michigan State’s Top Innovators Honored

Friday, April 24, 2015

From clear solar cells (to be used as windows on cars, buildings and more) to agricultural drones to beer brewed with craft-roasted Michigan chestnuts, Michigan State University students…

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Earth Day Is Every Day at MSU

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

At MSU, green is always in season. An early innovator in sustainability and resource conservation, MSU is meeting aggressive goals in critical areas of energy, waste reduction, transportation,…

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Regulating Photosynthesis Key to Increased Efficiency in Plants

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A team of Michigan State University researchers has discovered a switch that regulates plant photosynthesis – the process that lets plants store solar energy and use it to…

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Worldwide, the Nitrogen Cycle is Off

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Combine plowing soybean field

When exposed to nitrogen fertilizer over a period of years, nitrogen-fixing bacteria called rhizobia evolve to become less beneficial to legumes – the plants they normally serve. These…

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Tracking Invasives? There’s an App for That

Friday, February 20, 2015
Professor Amos Ziegler with his cell phone and app for tracking invasive species

Invasive species will have a tougher time sneaking around undetected, thanks to an app developed by Michigan State University. Midwestern residents can now snap photos with their smart…

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Overview of MSU Anaerobic Digestion & Research – Dana Kirk

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Dana Kirk is an assistant professor in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering at Michigan State University.  In addition to his teaching and outreach responsibilities, he is the manager of…

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Engineering Plants for Better Biofuel Production

Saturday, January 3, 2015
Catapillar on leaf

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology professor Christoph Benning and colleagues were initially the “odd people out” at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) because, while other researchers were…

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A Poisonous Cure

Friday, December 12, 2014

Take two poisonous mushrooms and call me in the morning. While no doctor would ever write this prescription, toxic fungi may hold the secrets to tackling deadly diseases….

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