Molecular Plant Sciences Program

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How a plant cell's skeleton helps fight infection

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Race to defenses: Maize outpaces soybeans in fighting off fungal invasions

Sudden death syndrome is a devastating disease that afflicts soybean crops, causing annual losses in U.S. soybean yields in excess of $274 million dollars. New Michigan State University research shows that the trick to surviving the disease might be a matter of timing when to mount a defense response.

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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.

 

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
 

Program Breadth

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

Integrated Coursework

  • Core courses provide unified education in modern plant molecular sciences
  • Wide range of electives in basic and applied plant biology areas
  • Diversity of graduate seminars on cutting edge topics; weekly seminars by outside speakers and current students

What's coming up?

January
25
Dianne Pater 4:00 PM
February
01
Noah Whiteman 12:00 AM
February
08
Dawn Nagel 12:00 AM
February
15
Benjamin Engel 12:00 AM