Recruiting the next generation of plant scientists at ABRCMSLucas Reist, a graduate student in the Cell & Molecular Biology and Molecular Plant Science, or MPS, programs attended the 2023 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Scientists, or ABRCMS, in Phoenix, Arizona.
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
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.