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Can Crops Become More Efficient?

Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Photo of a head of wheat in the field.

Michigan State, Eastern Michigan researchers have won a grant to probe a natural process that saps plants’ productivity. Plants were evolving for hundreds of millions of years before…

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Probing How Plants Deal With Drought

Thursday, February 25, 2021
Up close image of cracked soil due to lack of water.

A new $1.2 million grant could help farmers bring more drought-resistant crops to their fields The National Science Foundation has awarded Michigan State University researcher Polly Hsu a $1.2 million…

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Plant and Photosynthesis: What’s Making Plants Lose Their Lunch?

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
Aerial picture of crop land.

A new study from Michigan State University is shedding light on how plants could potentially become more efficient at photosynthesis. The long-term implications of this research range from…

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Plant Science In A New Light

Thursday, December 17, 2020
Researcher in a greenhouse with pink light

Michigan State’s research greenhouses are bringing in LED technology, an eye-catching, pink upgrade that saves energy and money. What do you get when you mix some green and…

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DOE Renews Funding for Innovative Photosynthesis Research at MSU DOE Plant Research Lab

Friday, May 29, 2020
Biochemistry building home of the Plant Research Lab

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the Michigan State University-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) an $11.25 million DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) competitive renewal…

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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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Taming Electrons with Bacteria Parts

Monday, January 20, 2020

Electrons are tough to pin down in biology. Learning how to harness electrons is no fool’s errand because, when electrons move, they are the electricity that powers life….

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Trying to Improve Bioenergy Crops with ‘Big Picture’ Math Models

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
Group photo of researchers in a lab

MSU assistant professor Berkley Walker’s DNA synthesis proposal has been selected by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI), a DOE Office of Science User Facility,…

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Brake Proteins Needed When Photosynthesis Rates Are High

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
sun shinning through tress

Just as brakes are essential to a car whizzing down a highway, plants rely on special proteins to maintain high rates of photosynthesis without crashing. The big picture is this. Photosynthesis is…

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Protecting Photosynthesis from Stalling: a 24-Hr Molecular Hotline

Monday, May 20, 2019
Protecting photosynthesis from stalling: a 24-hr molecular hotline

Photosynthesis is the process that powers life on earth. Photosynthetic organisms capture energy from sunlight, which they use to tear carbon from atmospheric carbon dioxide. The carbon ends…

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