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New Study Shows How Light Impacts a Plant’s Greenness

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Wild Type Arabidopsis Plants

MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory scientists are refining our understanding of how light wavelengths impact how plants develop their chloroplasts. Chloroplasts are the engines of plants. They use light from…

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Six MSU Researchers Named AAAS Fellows

Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Beaumont Tower on a cold winter morning.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS, has awarded the distinction of Fellow to six MSU faculty members this year. These individuals have been elevated…

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Identifying a Cyanobacterial Gene Family that Helps Control Photosynthesis

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
cyanobacteria

A new Michigan State University study has identified a family of genes in cyanobacteria that help control carbon dioxide fixation. The discovery furthers our basic knowledge of photosynthesis….

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MSU Research Could Transform How Photosynthesis is Studied

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Leaf

Michigan State University scientists have discovered a significant role that a particular protein complex plays in the process of photosynthesis, potentially changing how scientists study the process entirely….

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MSU Researcher Recreates Evolution Process of Protein

Monday, October 23, 2017
Cyanobacteria cultured in specific media.

The Kerfeld lab (www.kerfeldlab.org) in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Lab focuses on structure-based characterization and engineering of photoprotection and the carbon concentrating mechanism in cyanobacteria; her group is…

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Molecule ‘Moves’ to Protect Against Too Much Sun

Thursday, July 30, 2015

A team led by Cheryl Kerfeld, the Hannah Distinguished Professor of Structural Bioengineering in the Michigan State University-DOE Plant Research Lab, has documented that one molecule within a photosynthesis-producing bacteria…

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