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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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A New Rhomboid-like Protein that Helps Plants Produce Lipids

Monday, May 13, 2019
A new rhomboid-like protein that helps plants produce lipids

The Benning lab has identified a rhomboid-like protein that may help plant chloroplasts tune their lipid production. The study is published in The Plant Journal.  Lipids are molecules…

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When Lipids Meet Hormones: Plants’ Answer to Complex Stresses

Monday, May 7, 2018

Unlike animals, plants can’t run away when things get bad. That can be the weather changing or a caterpillar starting to slowly munch on a leaf. Instead, they…

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MSU Research Could Transform How Photosynthesis is Studied

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Leaf

Michigan State University scientists have discovered a significant role that a particular protein complex plays in the process of photosynthesis, potentially changing how scientists study the process entirely….

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Bacteria Community Creates Biodegradable Plastic with Sunlight

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

For all their convenience, plastics are massive environmental headaches. “The main problem is that most synthetic plastic is not completely biodegradable. It cannot be broken down by living…

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