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Ninth Annual Innovation Celebration Honors Entrepreneurial Success

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Innovation Center MSU

Excitement and conversation filled the room as a record attendance of more than 400 people gathered at Spartan Stadium April 18 to celebrate faculty and students showcasing technologies…

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The Study of Cucumber Resistance to Phytophthora Capsici

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Student Research, Cucumbers

Ben Mansfeld is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Plant Breeding, Genetics and Biotechnology Program, studying under Dr. Rebecca Grumet in the Department of Horticulture at Michigan State University….

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Uncovering the Origins of the Cultivated Strawberry

Monday, February 25, 2019
Strawberries

Until now, little has been known about the evolutionary origins of the cultivated garden strawberry. Whereas most species, including humans, are diploid with two copies of the genome…

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Harnessing Synthetic Biology to Co-produce High-value Terpenoid Biomaterials and Biofuel in Plants

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Molecules

Michigan State University scientists have developed synthetic biology tools to co-produce high-value compounds in plants. The study is published today in the journal Nature Communications. Terpenoids form the…

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Finding Ways to Use Natural Plant Adaptations to Feed the World

Friday, February 1, 2019
Robert Van Buren

Robert VanBuren, an assistant professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture, explores how the mechanisms and characteristics that help plants be resilient to drought could lead to new…

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MSU Plant Researchers Explain the Basics of Genetically Modified Organisms

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Plow on farm of wheat

An online search for “GMO” returns more than 88 million results — a tangled mess of frightening images, dense data, skepticism, insulting comments and conflicting claims and counterclaims….

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Plant Phenomics Researcher Joins MSU

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Dan Chitwood

Dan Chitwood recently joined the Department of Horticulture as an assistant professor. Chitwood studies plant morphology from the molecular basis of leaf development to quantifying the diverse shapes…

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MSU Releases New ‘Day Neutral’ Strawberry Varieties

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
strawberries

James Hancock, professor emeritus, Michigan State University, is internationally acclaimed for developing many successful blueberry varieties. Several years ago, he turned his green thumb to strawberries, developing the first…

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New Laboratory Explores Vertical Farming

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Erik Runkle, a professor in the MSU Department of Horticulture, developed new Controlled-Environment Lighting Laboratory (CELL) to: Conduct research on controlled-environment production of high-value specialty food crops, such as…

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Developing New Cropping Systems to Help Michigan Vegetables Survive Extreme Weather

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Brainhard with carrots

Michigan vegetable producers are facing an increased incidence of extreme weather events — such as drought, heat and heavy rainfall — that place extreme stress on crops. New…

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