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Our First Look at a New Light Absorbing Protein in Cyanobacteria

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Cyanobacteria

Cyanobacteria are tiny, hardy organisms. Each cell is 25 times smaller than a human hair, but don’t let the size fool you. Their collective ability to do photosynthesis…

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Keeping Plants Nourished: the Workings of a Photosynthesis Backup System

Monday, March 25, 2019
Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis is how plants ‘make their food’ and feed the rest of the planet. The key ingredient in that recipe is carbon. So, the process captures energy from…

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Harnessing Synthetic Biology to Co-produce High-value Terpenoid Biomaterials and Biofuel in Plants

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Molecules

Michigan State University scientists have developed synthetic biology tools to co-produce high-value compounds in plants. The study is published today in the journal Nature Communications. Terpenoids form the…

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New Insights Into Plant Cell Organelle and Molecule Movement

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Leaves

Michigan State University scientists have identified a new protein, called TGNap1 (TGN associated protein 1), that they found at a poorly understood plant cell organelle, the Trans-Golgi Network…

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7 MSU Ag-Bio Researchers Among Most Highly Cited

Friday, December 7, 2018
MSU Sign

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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Christian Danve Castroverde Wins NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Monday, November 5, 2018
Danve Castroverde

Christian Danve Castroverde, a post-doc in the lab of Sheng Yang He, has won a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Postdoctoral Fellowship. The fellowship…

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New Ways to Control Bacterial Factories for Future Biotech Uses

Sunday, November 4, 2018
Bacterial Microcompartment

The lab of Cheryl Kerfeld has developed a new method to manipulate miniature factories found in bacteria that could someday lead to new medical, industrial, or energy applications. The factories,…

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Scientists Find New Methods to Control Bacterial Factories for Biotech Aims

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Kerfeld Image

Michigan State University scientists have announced a breakthrough in manipulating miniature factories, found in bacteria, that hold much promise in the biotech field. The factories, or bacterial microcompartments,…

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Overspending on Defense Arsenal Bankrupts a Plant’s Economy

Monday, October 22, 2018
Flower

Michigan State University scientists may be close to finding out if plants can defend and grow at the same time. The research could help in understanding natural ecosystems…

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Blazes of Light Reveal How Plants Signal Danger Long Distances

Friday, September 14, 2018
Catapillar's on Arabidopsis thaliana plants

Michigan State University was part of a multi-university study that revealed how plant communication systems respond to threats from herbivores. The results, featured in Science, show that once…

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