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MSU Foundation Professor Selected as Science Defender by Union of Concerned Scientists

Tuesday, December 29, 2020
College of Natural Science

Michigan State University’s Beronda Montgomery, an MSU Foundation Professor, was one of five individuals nominated by the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) as a 2020 Science Defender. Montgomery, who holds…

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Learning What It Takes To Grow A Space Garden

Monday, December 21, 2020
Image of night sky with mountains

As the public buzz continues to build around sending a manned mission to Mars, even colonizing it someday, scientists are studying what it takes to survive such a long…

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Understanding How Algal Cells Divide When They Are Hungry

Thursday, October 8, 2020
Photobioreactors in the lab of David Kramer

A new study from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory delves into how algae manage cell division processes when they suffer from starvation. The finding has implications for biofuel technologies, given…

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Newly Discovered Sugar Transporter Might Help Beans Tolerate Hot Temperatures

Monday, August 31, 2020
Photo of bean plants growing in field

MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) scientists have characterized a sucrose transporter protein found in common beans. The recently discovered protein could help us understand how beans tolerate hot…

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Scientists Go The Distance In Electron Transfer Study

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Electron movement – what scientists call electron transfer – powers many of life’s functions. For example, a good deal of the energy we derive from the foods we…

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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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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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Harnessing the Power of Biology Scientists Go the Distance in Electron Transfer Study

Monday, July 6, 2020

In one video, you see a dark, opaque surface, pulsating slowly. All of a sudden, a flash of light streaks across the surface with the intensity of a…

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Brandon Rohnke Named AAAS Science Technology Policy Fellow

Tuesday, June 9, 2020
Department of Energy

Brandon Rohnke, a postdoc at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), has accepted an offer to be a Science & Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for…

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New Method Tracks Cyanobacteria Photosynthetic Productivity, in Real Time

Tuesday, May 26, 2020
large bushy tree

MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory scientists have established a new method to quantify how much cyanobacteria assimilate carbon in the process of photosynthesis, in real time. The study is published…

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