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

Wednesday, July 15, 2020
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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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MSU Scientists Discover Legacy Of Past Weather Inscribed In Stories Of Prairie Plant Restoration

Monday, April 6, 2020
flowers in the prairie

Before there were farms in southwest Michigan, there were prairies. For thousands of years, tall grass prairies stood undisturbed until European settlers turned the rich, highly productive soils…

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Brandizzi Named 2020 MSU Innovator Of The Year

Thursday, April 2, 2020

As the world’s population increases and the demand for food continues to rise, the need to improve crop yields only grows, not only for the current consuming population…

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Scientists Improve Yield Predictions Based on Seedling Data

Thursday, January 9, 2020
An orange sunset with the figures of corn stalks.

A doctor diagnosing a 50-year-old patient based on a blood test taken during the patient’s infancy would be unthinkable. Anecdotally speaking, however, that’s what Michigan State University scientists…

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Plant Specimens Provide Powerful Data About Life in the Anthropocene

Monday, November 11, 2019
close up shot of green and purple leafed plants

Researchers from Michigan State University and Carnegie Museum of Natural History report plant specimens are being used in novel new ways that could influence future environmental policy, species conservation…

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NIH Grant Supports Research on Fungal Pathogens

Monday, August 26, 2019
Under scope image of fungal pathogens

Michigan State University plant biologist Frances Trail is part of a team of three scientists to recently receive a National Institutes of Health, or NIH, Research Project Grant…

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