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Water Moves Carbon through Ecosystems

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
River

Many people see the carbon cycle as vertical – CO2 moving up and down between soil, plants and the atmosphere. However, new Michigan State University research published in…

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Understanding Viruses for Improved Human Health

Thursday, November 8, 2018

In Kristin Parent’s world of studying viruses that infect bacteria, she knows if there’s a host, there’s also a virus that can infect it. What she and her…

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Large Hydropower Dams ‘Not Sustainable’ in the Developing World

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Dam

It’s hard to beat hydropower from dams, a renewable source of electricity that helped build much of the developed world. Yet five scientists from Michigan State University say…

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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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Christian Danve Castroverde Wins NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Monday, November 5, 2018
Danve Castroverde

Christian Danve Castroverde, a post-doc in the lab of Sheng Yang He, has won a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship…

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Be Thankful for Sweet Potatoes

Friday, November 2, 2018
Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potato is a globally important staple food crop, and has highly recognized potential to alleviate hunger, vitamin A deficiency, and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, where it is…

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MSU Named a Partner in $5.2M Center for Socially Impactful Research

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Research

What do potatoes, galaxy clusters and kestrels have in common? Each is studied by a Michigan State University researcher who made advancements in these areas of expertise. But…

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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 Pioneers New Course: Digital Introduction to Biology, Evolution

Friday, October 19, 2018

Michigan State University researchers have improved an introductory biology class to make it more accessible for students not majoring in life sciences. The new course, “Integrative Biology: From…

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