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DOE Renews Funding for Innovative Photosynthesis Research at MSU DOE Plant Research Lab

Friday, May 29, 2020
Biochemistry building home of the Plant Research Lab

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the Michigan State University-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) an $11.25 million DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) competitive renewal…

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New Method Tracks Cyanobacteria Photosynthetic Productivity, in Real Time

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
large bushy tree

MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory scientists have established a new method to quantify how much cyanobacteria assimilate carbon in the process of photosynthesis, in real time. The study is published…

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MSU Scientists Shake Up Balancing Act of Plant Metabolism

Monday, May 18, 2020

Step outside and spring is in full bloom, from red tulips, to pink magnolias to purple lilacs, but how do plants create all that color? The alluring hues…

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No-Till Agriculture Increases Crop Yields, Environmental Gains Over Long Haul

Monday, May 18, 2020
Two men standing in a crop field

Despite the environmental benefits of no-till agriculture, farmers often hesitate to change to this management approach due to uncertain economic returns. Sarah Cusser, postdoctoral research associate at the Kellogg…

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Researchers Discover Evolutionary Origins of Cat Attractant In Catmint

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
image of catnip flower

Catmint, or catnip, is a flowering plant in the mint family belonging to the genus Nepeta Lamiaceae that is well-known for its intoxicating effect on cats. This “feline”…

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MSU’s Gregg Howe Elected to the National Academy Of Sciences

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Gregg Howe in the lab

Michigan State University plant scientist Gregg Howe has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, or NAS. Founded in 1863, the NAS is one of the oldest…

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Researchers Earn Grant to Study Fungus that Causes Liver Cancer

Monday, May 4, 2020
soybean and corn fields

Felicia Wu, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, and David Hennessy, Elton R. Smith Chair in…

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The Zillow App of Agricultural Regeneration

Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Corn field

We can check the price of a home from a mobile app, but what if that technology could be used to shop for agricultural land — and simultaneously improve…

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Australian Scholar Sets Groundwork for International Irrigation Partnership

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Michael Scobie n a field

Michigan State University is developing an international irrigation and water management partnership with the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) in Australia, thanks in large part to Australian Ph.D….

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Digital Agriculture Paves the Road to Agricultural Sustainability

Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Aerial picture of crop land.

In a study published in Nature Sustainability, an ecosystem scientist and an agricultural economist outline how to develop a more sustainable land management system through data collection and…

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