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Christoph Benning

Symbiotic Relationship between Fungi and Algae Illuminates Algae’s Migration to Land

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Nannochloropsis oceanica endosymbiosis with Mortierella Elongata

Picture a typical documentary scene on the evolution of life. It probably starts with little bugs in a murky, primordial soup. Eons of time zip by as bugs…

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A New Rhomboid-like Protein that Helps Plants Produce Lipids

Monday, May 13, 2019
A new rhomboid-like protein that helps plants produce lipids

The Benning lab has identified a rhomboid-like protein that may help plant chloroplasts tune their lipid production. The study is published in The Plant Journal.  Lipids are molecules…

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Anastasiya Lavell Wins BMB Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Monday, April 22, 2019
Anastasiya Lavell Wins BMB Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award

Anastasiya Lavell, a graduate student in the Benning lab, has won the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. Anastasiya was among the…

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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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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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When Lipids Meet Hormones: Plants’ Answer to Complex Stresses

Monday, May 7, 2018

Unlike animals, plants can’t run away when things get bad. That can be the weather changing or a caterpillar starting to slowly munch on a leaf. Instead, they…

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MSU Innovation Center Recognizes Faculty and Student Inventors

Thursday, May 3, 2018

2018 Awardees Honored at MSU Innovation Celebration inside Spartan Stadium  The 2018 Innovation Celebration highlights ground-breaking technology from MSU labs and startup companies from across Michigan State University’s…

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Stress Tested: How Algae Change their Internal Solar Panels to Stay Alive

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Storm

A collaboration between the Benning and Kramer labs is revealing how nature’s solar panels, found inside algae, constantly grow and shrink in size to adjust to changes in their environments, a crucial…

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MSU Researchers Making Progress on Biofuels

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Arabidopsis can make lipids through two sources in plant cells. Half of the precursors come from the chloroplasts (the solar power plant for the plant’s survival) and half from the endoplasmic reticulum, a massive cellular factory.

Sometimes, when a science experiment doesn’t work out, unexpected opportunities open up. That’s what Yang Yang and the lab of Christoph Benning, MSU Foundation Professor and director of the MSU-DOE…

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Lipids Promise Advances in Biofuels, Cancer Research

Sunday, September 18, 2016
Christoph Benning

In the ongoing quest for healthier lifestyles and environmental sustainability, one of the biggest solutions might also be one of the tiniest. Decades of cutting-edge research at Michigan…

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