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By Design: Partnering to Develop Midwest Farming Systems of the Future

Friday, December 4, 2020
Aerial view of farm fields at Kellogg Biological Station

As farmers wrap up grain harvest across the Midwest, their eyes are on their yield monitors, tracking their farms’ performance this growing season. At Michigan State University’s W.K. Kellogg…

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No-Till Agriculture Increases Crop Yields, Environmental Gains Over Long Haul

Monday, May 18, 2020
Two men standing in a crop field

Despite the environmental benefits of no-till agriculture, farmers often hesitate to change to this management approach due to uncertain economic returns. Sarah Cusser, postdoctoral research associate at the Kellogg…

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MSU Faculty Named Highly Cited Researchers for 2019

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Rufus Isaacs collecting specimens off a tree outdoors

Eight MSU researchers have been recognized in the 2019 Highly Cited Researchers List, an annual compilation of the global leaders in scientific influence by Clarivate Analytics. Each year, the…

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New Research Points to Soil Pore Structure as Key to Carbon Storage

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Alexandra Kravchenko, Michigan State University professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, and several of her colleagues recently discovered a new mechanism determining how carbon…

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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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Cellulosic Biofuels Can Benefit Environment if Managed Correctly

Monday, July 3, 2017
Phil Robertson

Could cellulosic biofuels – or liquid energy derived from grasses and wood – become a green fuel of the future, providing an environmentally sustainable way of meeting energy…

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Decomposing Leaves Are a Source of Greenhouse Gases

Monday, June 5, 2017
Sasha Kravchenko, MSU plant, soil and microbial scientist

Michigan State University scientists have pinpointed a new source of nitrous oxide, a greenhouse gas that’s more potent than carbon dioxide. The culprit? Tiny bits of decomposing leaves…

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Fertilizer Use Could Reduce Benefit of Cellulosic Biofuels

Thursday, June 2, 2016
switchgrass crop

According to a new study from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center and Michigan State University, the use of nitrogen fertilizer on switchgrass crops can produce a sharp…

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Changing Land-Use Habits Can Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Phil Robertson

While the use of fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil is the largest contributor to emissions of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, there are other factors…

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Microbes Crucial to Long-Term Soil Health

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Illustration of crop rotation

Phil Robertson, Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch scientist and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences has spent the past 26 years studying…

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