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Understanding How Algal Cells Divide When They Are Hungry

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Photobioreactors in the lab of David Kramer

A new study from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory delves into how algae manage cell division processes when they suffer from starvation. The finding has implications for biofuel technologies, given…

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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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Brandizzi Named 2020 MSU Innovator Of The Year

Thursday, April 2, 2020

As the world’s population increases and the demand for food continues to rise, the need to improve crop yields only grows, not only for the current consuming population…

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Plant Protein Helps Control Powerhouse of Plant Cell

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Stevia Plants close up

A new Michigan State University study shows how a protein, called peroxiredoxin Q, or PRXQ, connects two biochemical pathways that are vital for plant chloroplast health. Chloroplasts are…

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A Protein Lulls Algae to Sleep: What That Means for Making Green Fuels

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
biofueld cell close up

Algae have the potential to become a sustainable source of high value biofuels and oils. A big hurdle that holds us back from mass producing algae feedstocks is…

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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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