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7 MSU Ag-Bio Researchers Among Most Highly Sited

Friday, December 7, 2018
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Seven Michigan State University researchers have been recognized in the Highly Cited Researchers List, an annual compilation of the global leaders in scientific influence by Clarivate Analytics. The…

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How Bacteria Organize their Factories, and What it Means for a Bioeconomy

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Deep in the bowels of the Arctic Ocean, or floating at the edges of scalding hot springs at Yellowstone National Park, cyanobacteria thrive in conditions that kill most…

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MSU Team Wins Bronze at 2018 Synthetic Biology Competition

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

MSU’s 2018 iGEM has won a Bronze Medal from the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) global competition. iGEM brings together students from around the world to design synthetic biology…

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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 Aquatic Ecologist Receives Grant to Study Phytoplankton Traits

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Phytoplankton under a microscope

Elena Litchman, Michigan State University aquatic ecologist, is leading a three-year, $993,000 project funded by the National Science Foundation in collaboration with faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. The…

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MSU Nets $1.1M in New DOE Grants

Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Department of Energy

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded nearly $1.1 million in grants to four Michigan State University faculty members. The four grants come from the DOE Offices of High…

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MSU Scientists get to the Root of Plant Stress Response

Monday, September 24, 2018
Plant Stress

Michigan State University microbiologist Ashley Shade and plant biologist Sheng Yang He have been awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate how the microbiome interacts with, and may mediate, plant…

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MSU Plant Biologist Receives NSF Grant to Study Natural Defense in Plants

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Michigan State University plant biologist Marjorie Weber is the lead investigator of a five-year, $1.1 million National Science Foundation Dimensions in Biodiversity grant to study the evolutionary dynamics…

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Modeling the Evolutionary Emergence of Diverse Microbial Metabolisms

Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Elena Litchman and Christopher Klausmeier

Michigan State University Foundation Professors Elena Litchman and Christopher Klausmeier are the recipients of a two year, $360,000 NASA Astrobiology/Exobiology grant to fund research on modeling the evolutionary origin of…

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Study Shows How Gene Helps Plants Manage Protein Production in Stressful Times

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Flower

The lab of Federica Brandizzi is showing how a gene helps plants adjust protein production during stressful times. The study is in the Proceedings of the National Academy…

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