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MSU Researchers Receive USDA Grant to Evaluate Blueberry Pest Management Strategies

Friday, February 19, 2021
Image of blueberry plant.

An MSU research team received a $325,000 grant to examine the effectiveness and cost of new blueberry pest management approaches. A team of researchers from Michigan State University…

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MSU Receives $2 Million USDA Grant To Improve Blueberry Pollination

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Blueberry bushes

Michigan State University has received a four-year, $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Specialty Crop Research Initiative to improve blueberry pollination. The project is led…

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Discovering Beetles Abroad To Protect Trees At Home

Monday, October 19, 2020
Man and woman looking at laptop and microscope

Not every child gets a bark beetle named after them. Then again, not every kid has Michigan State University entomologists Sarah Smith and Anthony Cognato as parents. The…

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Mapping A Greener Future On Farms With Precision Technology

Thursday, October 8, 2020
soybean and corn fields

When it comes to farming, becoming more sustainable can also mean becoming more profitable. So it’s only natural that farmers would look to Spartans for help going —…

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Investigating The Impact Of Heatwaves On Natural And Agricultural Ecosystems

Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Image of A Colorado potato beetle on a leaf.

Will Wetzel, assistant professor in the Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Entomology, is researching how extreme weather events, such as heatwaves, impact various ecosystems in Michigan. A major…

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Three Students Earn USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellowships

Sunday, September 13, 2020
Stevia Plants close up

Kaitlyn Casulli, Genevieve Hoopes and Natalie Kaiser, doctoral students conducting research with CANR faculty, are among 57 award recipients nationwide. Kaitlyn Casulli, Natalie Kaiser and Genevieve Hoopes, doctoral students conducting research…

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Sharing Knowledge Globally in a Time of Crisis

Monday, April 6, 2020

First established more than 150 years ago, land-grant universities such as Michigan State University are dedicated to ensure that all residents of the United States are provided with the knowledge…

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Animated Videos Advance Adoption of Agriculture Techniques

Thursday, December 5, 2019
MSU awarded $7.8M for agricultural transformation in Malawi, Tobacco

In remote areas with low literacy rates, showing animated videos in the local language demonstrating agricultural techniques results in high retention and adoption rates of those techniques, found…

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MSU Entomologists Lead Effort to Improve Beetle Identification

Friday, November 22, 2019
Two professors looking at a computer on a desk

A team of scientists have developed a new online tool that will make it easier to identify Southeast Asian ambrosia beetles, a potentially destructive and invasive species. Many…

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Helpful Insects and Landscape Changes

Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Potato Beetle

We might not notice them, but the crops farmers grow are protected by scores of tiny invertebrate bodyguards. Naturally occurring arthropods like spiders and lady beetles patrol crop…

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