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MSU hosts second Fascination of Plants Day
June 12, 2018
MSU hosts second Fascination of Plants Day

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

A new DNA editing toolkit for algae
June 12, 2018
A new DNA editing toolkit for algae

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.

Postdoctoral researcher awarded prestigious Marie Curie fellowship
May 31, 2018
Postdoctoral researcher awarded prestigious Marie Curie fellowship

Maria Agustina Dominguez Martin, a postdoctoral researcher for the College of Natural Science in the laboratory of Cheryl Kerfeld, is the recipient of a prestigious Marie Curie Global Fellowship. 

Aiko Turmo: working hard to achieve my aspirations
May 29, 2018
Aiko Turmo: working hard to achieve my aspirations

Aiko Turmo is a graduate student in the lab of MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory scientist Cheryl Kerfeld and is a recipient of the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Benning and Ohlrogge share 2018 MSU Innovator of the Year award
May 3, 2018
Benning and Ohlrogge share 2018 MSU Innovator of the Year award

The award was part of MSU Innovation Celebration, a showcase of Spartan technologies and startups that also honors researchers and students who have reported an invention, licensed a technology, or were awarded patents during the academic year.

NSF awards $2.5 million for MSU plant genome research project
April 26, 2018
NSF awards $2.5 million for MSU plant genome research project

The project, including MPS faculty member Ning Jiang, continues through March 2022 and will investigate different species of economically important grasses. 

Women in science
April 6, 2018
Women in science

Michigan State University is a national leader among universities in the number of endowed faculty positions held by women. Of the 131 endowed positions currently occupied across campus, 24.4 percent are held by women. Nine of those are in the College of Natural Science—four donor-funded positions and five MSU Foundation Professors.

Light affects cyanobacteria's diet
March 28, 2018
Light affects cyanobacteria's diet

Scientists have found a link between how water-dwelling bacteria, called cyanobacteria, monitor light quality in their surroundings and how much energy they get out of photosynthesis.

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.