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Brake Proteins Needed When Photosynthesis Rates Are High

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
sun shinning through tress

Just as brakes are essential to a car whizzing down a highway, plants rely on special proteins to maintain high rates of photosynthesis without crashing. The big picture is this. Photosynthesis is…

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NatSci Undergrads Receive Fellowships to Investigate Microscopic Pathogens

Monday, July 1, 2019
College of Natural Science

Alyssa Corpus and Jack Dodson, undergraduate students in Michigan State University’s Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) in the College of Natural Science, were both selected for…

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Our Water Cycle Diagrams Give a False Sense of Water Security

Monday, July 1, 2019
Our water cycle diagrams give a false sense of water security

Pictures of the earth’s water cycle used in education and research throughout the world are in urgent need of updating to show the effects of human interference, according…

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Grand Prize Winners Selected for University Undergraduate Research & Arts Forum

Monday, July 1, 2019
Grand Prize winners selected for University Undergraduate Research & Arts Forum

Research in the areas of molecular biology and language have earned Grand Prize awards for the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum, or UURAF. “The opportunity to engage…

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New MSU Agreement will Exchange Graduate Students and Research in Seoul

Wednesday, June 19, 2019
New MSU agreement will exchange graduate students and research in Seoul

There was “exciting science” between Michigan State University and Chung-Ang University at the 20th anniversary of the Korea Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine Conference in Seoul, Korea, in…

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Virus Researcher Awarded Burroughs Wellcome PATH Grant

Thursday, June 13, 2019
Doing the ‘Samba’: MSU awarded first PATH grant

Kristin Parent, a Michigan State University Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or BMB, assistant professor and J.K. Billman, Jr. M.D. Endowed Research Professor, received a 2019 Burroughs Wellcome…

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Microbes May Act as Gatekeepers of Earth’s Deep Carbon

Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Microbes may act as gatekeepers of Earth’s deep carbon

Two years ago, a team of scientists, including Michigan State University geomicrobiologist Matt Schrenk, visited Costa Rica’s subduction zone, where the ocean floor sinks beneath the continent and volcanoes…

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Seed Microbiome May Hold Uncommon Ability to Benefit Next Generation of Plants

Monday, June 10, 2019
Seed microbiome may hold uncommon ability to benefit next generation of plants

At the conclusion of a pilot study for Michigan State University’s Plant Resilience Institute, or PRI, microbial ecologist Ashley Shade had a hunch that started a chain reaction…

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Switchgrass Hybrid Yields Insights into Plant Evolution

Monday, June 10, 2019
Switchgrass hybrid yields insights into plant evolution

Switchgrass is attractive as a potential bioenergy crop because it can grow for years without having to be replanted. Requiring less fertilizer than typical annual crops like corn,…

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Team of MSU Scientists Tackling the PFAS Crisis

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are colloquially known as “forever chemicals” because they are so difficult to break down. They are found in water supplies wherever flame…

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