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Fields of Breeders’ Dreams: A Team Effort Toward Targeted Crop Improvements

Thursday, January 28, 2021
Switchgrass

Community effort yields reference switchgrass genome, environmental adaptations data. Michigan State University plant biology researcher David Lowry is part of a study that examines the use of switchgrass in fighting…

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Finding Microbial Pillars of the Bio-Energy Community

Thursday, September 12, 2019
Late fall switchgrass harvest

Stems, leaves, flowers and fruits make up the biggest chunk of potential living space for microbes in the environment, but ecologists still don’t know a lot about how…

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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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Switchgrass Hybrid Yields Insights into Plant Evolution

Monday, June 10, 2019
Switchgrass hybrid yields insights into plant evolution

Switchgrass is attractive as a potential bioenergy crop because it can grow for years without having to be replanted. Requiring less fertilizer than typical annual crops like corn,…

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$1.1M DOE Grant to Improve Switchgrass for Biofuel

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
David Lowry, assistant professor of plant biology, poses next to a switchgrass plant on Tuesday July 18, 2017.

Just as sequencing the human genome has netted major health and medical benefits, switchgrass genomics will pay dividends through the development of advanced liquid biofuels. Researchers at Michigan…

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Wheat Virus Crosses Over, Harms Native Grasses

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Carolyn Malmstrom, associate professor of plant biology, poses in front of a growth chamber on Monday February 11, 2013.

Once upon a time, it was thought that crop diseases affected only crops. New research shows, however, that a common wheat virus can spread and harm perennial native…

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