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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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How Bacteria Organize their Factories, and What it Means for a Bioeconomy

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Deep in the bowels of the Arctic Ocean, or floating at the edges of scalding hot springs at Yellowstone National Park, cyanobacteria thrive in conditions that kill most…

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MSU Plant Researchers Explain the Basics of Genetically Modified Organisms

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Plow on farm of wheat

An online search for “GMO” returns more than 88 million results — a tangled mess of frightening images, dense data, skepticism, insulting comments and conflicting claims and counterclaims….

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New MSU Research Center to Focus on Natural Resources Research and Outreach

Monday, November 26, 2018
Ag Hall Image

Michigan State University AgBioResearch will officially open the Corey Marsh Ecological Research Center outside Laingsburg on Nov. 28. The facility is the 14th AgBioResearch off-campus research center in the state…

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MSU Scientists Lead Effort to Bring Fall Armyworm Management to Farmers

Friday, November 9, 2018
Armyworm

Michigan State University scientists Barry Pittendrigh and Julia Bello-Bravo have led the development of resources to help farmers in Africa and India protect their crops from fall armyworm,…

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MSU Partners with Bowling Green State University on Algal Bloom Research

Friday, November 9, 2018
Lake Erie

Michigan State University is pleased to be one of nine universities partnering with Bowling Green State University (BGSU) on its recently announced Lake Erie Center for Oceans and…

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Organisms with Small Genomes, Cells Found Thriving in Hot Soils

Monday, November 5, 2018
Shade Centralia

As our planet warms, what life will survive and thrive? If the coal fire-fueled soils around Centralia, Pennsylvania, are any indication, organisms with smaller genomes and cells may…

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Scientists Find New Methods to Control Bacterial Factories for Biotech Aims

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Kerfeld Image

Michigan State University scientists have announced a breakthrough in manipulating miniature factories, found in bacteria, that hold much promise in the biotech field. The factories, or bacterial microcompartments,…

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Overspending on Defense Arsenal Bankrupts a Plant’s Economy

Monday, October 22, 2018
Flower

Michigan State University scientists may be close to finding out if plants can defend and grow at the same time. The research could help in understanding natural ecosystems…

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MSU Faculty to Lead $50M Study to Strengthen African Agriculture Higher Ed

Friday, October 12, 2018
African Field

Michigan State University’s Thom Jayne has been chosen as the lead author of a study commissioned by the World Bank to identify how agricultural universities can effectively respond…

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