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