MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

Molecular Plant Sciences Program

Welcome to MPS

Michigan State University has one of the world's highest concentrations of plant scientists and leads in all areas of plant science research and education. The MPS graduate program brings together the breadth and depth of MSU faculty who apply diverse methods to study photosynthetic organisms.


Why study molecular plant sciences

Plants support most life on earth. They are the foundation of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and provide essential services and materials to people.

Molecular plant scientists study the genetic, biophysical, and biochemical processes that plants use to capture solar energy and use it to biosynthesize food, fuel, wood and paper, textiles, and pharmaceuticals. Fundamental molecular plant science knowledge is critical for:

  1. Improving agricultural productivity and sustainability
  2. Developing new renewable energy sources
  3. Making novel compounds to improve human health and diet
  4. Improving plant responses to environmental challenges

Why Michigan State University

 

 

World-Class Environment

  • Unsurpassed expertise in basic and applied plant biology areas
  • Over 50 faculty in eight departments and two colleges
  • State of the art facilities

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Program Breadth

  • Dual major program with participating departments
  • Networking and training opportunities
  • Three 8-week lab rotations to broaden cross-discipline exposure

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Integrated Coursework

  • First-year core courses provide unified and rigorous education in modern plant molecular sciences
  • Wide range of electives in all areas of basic and applied plant biology
  • Diversity of graduate seminars on cutting edge topics; weekly seminars by outside speakers; weekly research presentations by current students

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News

MSU hosts second Fascination of Plants Day
MSU hosts second Fascination of Plants Day
June 12, 2018

The event invited the general public to explore the world of plants and algae, including fun hands-on activities for kids and adults.

A new DNA editing toolkit for algae
A new DNA editing toolkit for algae
June 12, 2018

The Benning and Farre labs have released a new genetic engineering toolkit for the algal species Nannochloropsis oceanica. It is of interest for the production of biofuels and other oil-based chemicals.

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Seminars

A seminar series that incorporates the broad research interests across the molecular plant sciences program runs on Mondays at 4p.

Alison Smith
March 26, 2018
Exploiting vitamin metabolism for algal biotechnology

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