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MSU lands $4.8m NSF grant to improve corn
February 28, 2018
MSU lands $4.8m NSF grant to improve corn

The project, led by Erich Grotewold, will use the funding from the National Science Foundation grant to increase corn productivity by better understanding how gene expression is controlled.
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Faculty Voice - Christoph Benning: Facilitating Collaborations
February 27, 2018
Faculty Voice - Christoph Benning: Facilitating Collaborations

The MPS Faculty member and director of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory reflects on his experience of fruitful multi-lab projects at MSU.

Beronda Montgomery elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
February 15, 2018
Beronda Montgomery elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology

Beronda Montgomery was one of two Michigan State University professors elected as fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, or AAM, for their excellence, originality and leadership in the microbiological sciences.

How plants 'muscle up' against bacteria in the cold
January 26, 2018
How plants 'muscle up' against bacteria in the cold

Michigan State University scientists have furthered our understanding on how a plant protein, called CAMTA, helps plants strengthen themselves as they anticipate long periods of cold, such as three to four months of winter in the American midwest or northern Europe.

Reviewing photosynthesis in dynamic conditions: Photosystem I as a guard
January 22, 2018
Reviewing photosynthesis in dynamic conditions: Photosystem I as a guard

The fundamental protein complex potentially guards plants from high light and ageing effects. This new observation could change how we view photosynthesis.
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MSU researchers identify a new family of light-responsive proteins
November 29, 2017
MSU researchers identify a new family of light-responsive proteins

Michigan State University researchers have discovered a new family of light-sensitive proteins found in cyanobacteria, formerly known as blue-green algae.

Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table
November 27, 2017
Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table

An issue of global concern is the anticipated shortage of agricultural output to meet the steady rise in human population. Michigan State University scientists understand that overcoming crop loss due to disease and adverse weather will be key in achieving this goal.

Sheng Yang He and Gregg Howe named 2017 Highly Cited Researchers
November 16, 2017
Sheng Yang He and Gregg Howe named 2017 Highly Cited Researchers

Their research ranks among the top 1% most cited works in their fields during the year of publication. He and Howe have made the list three years in a row.

MSU lands $3.2M grant to improve stevia taste, US production
November 15, 2017
MSU lands $3.2M grant to improve stevia taste, US production

The team will work to improve the flavor of the low-calorie sweetener and find ways to help farmers effectively produce the leafy green perennial.

Examining potatoes' past could improve spuds of the future
October 30, 2017
Examining potatoes' past could improve spuds of the future

Examining the ancestors of the modern North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped spuds adapt over thousands of years. In a recent study, MSU plant biologist Robin Buell shows potential genetic keys that could ensure the crop will thrive in the future.