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Assembly of diverse BMC architectures
November 8, 2018
Assembly of diverse BMC architectures

The MSU lab of Cheryl Kerfeld has developed a new method to manipulate miniature factories found in bacteria that could someday lead to new medical, industrial or energy applications.

Jonathan Walton 1953-2018
October 24, 2018
Jonathan Walton 1953-2018

We are saddened that Jonathan Walton passed away on October 18, 2018 after a brief illness.

Scientists find new methods to control bacterial factories for biotech aims
October 23, 2018
Scientists find new methods to control bacterial factories for biotech aims

MSU scientists have announced a breakthrough in manipulating miniature factories, found in bacteria, that hold much promise in the biotech field.

Overspending on defense arsenal bankrupts a plant's economy
October 22, 2018
Overspending on defense arsenal bankrupts a plant's economy

MSU scientists may be close to finding out if plants can defend and grow at the same time. The research could help in understanding natural ecosystems or helping farmers increase yields without increasing dependence on chemicals to resist pests.

MSU nets $1.1M in DOE grants
October 10, 2018
MSU nets $1.1M in DOE grants

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded nearly $1.1 million in grants to four MSU faculty members.

As climate changes, plants might not suck carbon from the air fast enough
September 26, 2018
As climate changes, plants might not suck carbon from the air fast enough

Current climate change models might be overestimating how much carbon dioxide plants can suck from the atmosphere.

MSU scientists get to the root of plant stress response
September 24, 2018
MSU scientists get to the root of plant stress response

MSU microbiologist Ashley Shade and plant biologist Sheng Yang He have been awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundationto investigate how the microbiome interacts with, and may mediate, plant responses during environmental stress and how plants may recruit different—and potentially beneficial—root microbes during such periods.

Blazes of light reveal how plants signal danger long distances
September 14, 2018
Blazes of light reveal how plants signal danger long distances

MSU was part of a multi-university study that reveals how plant communication systems respond to threats from herbivores. The results, featured in Science, show that once wounded, plants use calcium signals to warn distant tissues of future attacks.

Harnessing algae and fungi to create new biofuel system
September 13, 2018
Harnessing algae and fungi to create new biofuel system

MSU scientists have found a solution to enhance oil production and harvest using what many consider sea sludge.

MSU awarded $13.6 million from USAID to lead global legume research
September 11, 2018
MSU awarded $13.6 million from USAID to lead global legume research

MSU received a $13.6 million award from the U.S. Agency for International Development to support its lab that leads nutrition, sustainability and economic opportunities for legume farmers, especially women and youth, across the globe.