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MSU Forensic Entomologist is Helping Solve a Cold Case

Thursday, January 17, 2019
Eric Benbow

There’s an unsolved crime: a body found in a lake with little algal growth and no evidence of insects. Extremely odd, as other evidence suggests the body may…

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Decomposition Recycles Nutrients, Diversifies Ecosystems

Wednesday, September 12, 2018
eric benbow

Thanks to a new study by Michigan State University, scientists now have a better way to investigate decomposing plants’ and animals’ contributions to the ecosystem. This necrobiome, the…

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Microbes After Death Offer Public Health Insights

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Eric Benbow, assistant professor of entomology, pose on Wednesday October 22, 2014.

New research conducted at Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Nature Scientific Reports, shows that the postmortem microbiome ­– populations of micro-organisms that move…

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CSI – Ground Breaking Research

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Eric Benbow

As part of  the WLNS News 6 Celebrating Spartans feature, they recently highlighted a science lab that feels a bit like an episode of CSI. Thanks to a…

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Mystery Solved, Thanks to Insects

Monday, November 30, 2015
Eric Benbow and student

Michigan State University entomologist and osteopathic medical specialist Eric Benbow is performing cutting-edge research that blends entomology and microbiology to solve mysteries in areas as diverse as aquatic…

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