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Day Named MSU Foundation Professor

Monday, September 21, 2020
Brad Day

Michigan State University (MSU) recently named new MSU Foundation Professors, a designation given to outstanding faculty who demonstrate excellence in research. Among those distinguished is Brad Day, Ph.D.,…

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Montgomery Joins Research & Innovation Team

Friday, September 18, 2020
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Plant biology researcher and MSU Foundation Professor, Beronda Montgomery, will bring her talents to the Office of Research & Innovation as interim assistant vice president. She joined the…

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MSU Part Of NSF-Funded Project to Digitize, Study Important Plant Specimens

Monday, September 14, 2020
Close up image of Coenogonium Linkii, a lichen from the Peruvian Amazon

Michigan State University is part of a multi-million-dollar grant to digitize and study bryophyte and lichen, two important types of plants that are hosts to what are known…

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In The Amazon Rainforest, Degradation May Be A Bigger Threat Than Deforestation

Monday, September 14, 2020
Image of fire burning in Amazon rainforest

Deforestation leaves voids in the Amazon rainforest that are easily spotted by satellite, but more subtle degradation from logging and farming can be harder for scientists to catalog….

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MSU-Led National Cucurbit Project Renewed For $7.1 Million

Tuesday, September 8, 2020
MSU Department of Horticulture professor Rebecca Grumet and students.

The Cucurbit Coordinated Agricultural Project (CucCAP), a multi-institution, nationwide research and outreach initiative led by Michigan State University and dedicated to cucurbit crops — cucumbers, squashes, melons and…

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MSU Researchers To Lead $5.2M Grant To Investigate Management Strategies For Fire Blight

Thursday, September 3, 2020
Two juicy red apples still on the tree in a warm summer evening.

George Sundin and Nikki Rothwell will lead a USDA-funded project examining fire blight, a disease that can kill apple and pear trees. George Sundin George Sundin, professor and…

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Newly Discovered Sugar Transporter Might Help Beans Tolerate Hot Temperatures

Monday, August 31, 2020
Photo of bean plants growing in field

MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) scientists have characterized a sucrose transporter protein found in common beans. The recently discovered protein could help us understand how beans tolerate hot…

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MSU Joins $20 Million AI Initiative For The Future Of Sustainable Agriculture

Thursday, August 27, 2020
Photo of corn field

Michigan State University researcher Bruno Basso has a reputation for bringing ideas celebrated in the tech world to the farm field. The MSU Foundation Professor in earth and…

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Joint MSU, U-M Project Studying Effect of Inclusivity On STEM Faculty Receives $1.4M NSF Grant

Monday, August 24, 2020
hands put together for teamwork

CLIMBS-UP, a collaborative research project between Michigan State University and the University of Michigan (U-M) to study inclusive environments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) within academia,…

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Scientists Go The Distance In Electron Transfer Study

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Electron movement – what scientists call electron transfer – powers many of life’s functions. For example, a good deal of the energy we derive from the foods we…

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