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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
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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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MSU’s Gregg Howe Elected to the National Academy Of Sciences

Thursday, May 7, 2020
Gregg Howe in the lab

Michigan State University plant scientist Gregg Howe has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, or NAS. Founded in 1863, the NAS is one of the oldest…

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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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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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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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How Plants Tune Their Greenness to Light Quality in Their Surroundings

Thursday, March 5, 2020
close up of plant

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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Plant Protein Helps Control Powerhouse of Plant Cell

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Stevia Plants close up

A new Michigan State University study shows how a protein, called peroxiredoxin Q, or PRXQ, connects two biochemical pathways that are vital for plant chloroplast health. Chloroplasts are…

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