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MSU Leads $1 Million NSF Grant to Study Diversity in Classroom Instruction Materials

Thursday, October 1, 2020
classroom

Most scientists that students see in undergraduate educational materials do not reflect the diversity of researchers within the scientific community, nor do they match the identities of students…

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“Sticky Roots” And The Fate Of Soil Carbon In Natural Ecosystems

Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Plant with long roots

Human activities are driving increasing concentrations of CO2 into the atmosphere. The good news is that nature has built-in mechanisms operating in ecosystems that can transform atmospheric CO2 into organic…

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MSU Part Of NSF-Funded Project to Digitize, Study Important Plant Specimens

Monday, September 14, 2020
Close up image of Coenogonium Linkii, a lichen from the Peruvian Amazon

Michigan State University is part of a multi-million-dollar grant to digitize and study bryophyte and lichen, two important types of plants that are hosts to what are known…

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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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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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MSU’s Trail Leads Multi Funded Investigation Into Evolution Of Infectious Fungi

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
College of Natural Science

Fungi appeared on Earth around 1.5 billion years ago. Today, there may be as many as 5 million fungal species, and they are found everywhere, from the mushroom…

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NSF Funded Project Explores Plant Metabolism Links To Climate Change, Human Nutrition

Monday, July 13, 2020
lab crew

Michigan State University plant biologist Berkley Walker is part of a team of scientists that is using a 3-year, $1.4 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Molecular and Cellular…

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Researchers Discover Evolutionary Origins of Cat Attractant In Catmint

Wednesday, May 13, 2020
image of catnip flower

Catmint, or catnip, is a flowering plant in the mint family belonging to the genus Nepeta Lamiaceae that is well-known for its intoxicating effect on cats. This “feline”…

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Academic Ecosystems Critical to Sustainable Postdoctoral Workforce

Tuesday, April 14, 2020
Yimu Zhao, a doctoral student in chemical engineering and materials science, and Richard Lunt, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science, run a test in Lunt’s lab. Lunt and his team have developed a new material that can be placed over windows and create solar energy.

Postdoctoral scholars comprise an invaluable component of global research communities, yet their support and training systems are poorly aligned with today’s job market. These issues are widely discussed…

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Plants Control Microbiome Diversity Inside Leaves To Promote Health

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

In a new study, published in the journal Nature, Michigan State University scientists show how plant genes select which microbes get to live inside their leaves in order…

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