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Probing How Plants Deal With Drought

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Up close image of cracked soil due to lack of water.

A new $1.2 million grant could help farmers bring more drought-resistant crops to their fields The National Science Foundation has awarded Michigan State University researcher Polly Hsu a $1.2 million…

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PhRMA Foundation Grant Awarded for Novel Approach, Molecules in Alzheimer’s Research

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Newly awarded research from Michigan State University could result in therapeutic and preventative drugs for Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Jessica Fortin, assistant professor for the MSU Department of Pathobiology and…

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Uncovering How Some Corals Resist Leaching

Monday, February 8, 2021
Photo of Hawaii coast line where you can see the coral through the water.

Climate change is bleaching and killing corals, but researchers from MSU and the University of Hawaii are investigating how some can stand up to a warming world. Coral…

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Bringing Genomics into the Fold

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
confocal microscopy image of the beautifully dynamic endoplasmic reticulum

With a five-year, $1.95 million National Institutes of Health R35 grant, the Brandizzi Lab in the College of Natural Science is expanding its exploration of protein folding within plant cells, paving the…

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Montgomery Selected as Science Defender by Union of Concerned Scientists

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
College of Natural Science

Michigan State University’s Beronda Montgomery, an MSU Foundation Professor, was one of five individuals nominated by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) as a 2020 Science Defender. Montgomery, who holds…

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MSU Foundation Professor Selected as Science Defender by Union of Concerned Scientists

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
College of Natural Science

Michigan State University’s Beronda Montgomery, an MSU Foundation Professor, was one of five individuals nominated by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) as a 2020 Science Defender. Montgomery, who holds…

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Defying Gravity: A New Spin On Intro Physics For Life Sciences

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Fluorescent image of bacteria

A new curriculum developed and tested at MSU puts the focus on the physics that life scientists need The basic physics that a budding biologist needs to know…

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Reincarnating Plastics: Research Team Earns $2M Grant To Reduce Plastic Waste

Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Image of plastic trash items

“Waste not, want not” was planted firmly in John Dorgan’s ethos as a kid, watching his father pull nails out of old boards for reuse. In that spirit,…

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Lunt Receives Distinguished Young Investigator Award

Monday, December 7, 2020
Photo of multiple petri dishes.

Michigan State University’s Sophia Lunt, assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (BMB) in the College of Natural Science, received the Metabolomics Association of North America (MANA) Young Investigator Award for…

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MSU Scientists Discover Ancient Enzymes Evolve New Tricks

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
The green fluorescent protein reveals the exquisitely specific tomato hair cell expression of a gene for acylsugar biosynthesis. Credit: Pengxiang Fan

Plants, herbivores and pathogens are locked in a war for survival that is hundreds of millions of years old. Rooted in place and with no way to run,…

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