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Leah Johnson
September 14, 2023
In plants, the jasmonate signaling pathway helps plants control their defense responses to environmental stresses. Like the human body, plants respond differently to individual threats. Just as people wouldn’t get a fever due to a sprained ankle, plants deal with harmful elements in particular ways. A study from the Howe lab looks at how plants respond to environmental threats in the correct way.
MacKenzie Jacobs
August 31, 2023
MPS graduate student MacKenzie Jacobs writes about her experience in Switzerland in summer 2023, attending Polyploid Summer School at the University of Fribourg.
A photo of a walkway in a garden
August 10, 2023
Five Molecular Plant Sciences graduate students have been accepted to the Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability Graduate Training Program. This two-year program provides training and career opportunities for students who are interested in research areas related to plant biotechnology.
angel McKay Whiteman working in a lab
August 8, 2023
The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology features MPS graduate stuent Angel McKay Whiteman as a Graduate Student Spotlight.
An illustration from the “Mystery of the Monkeyflower” comic book developed by Michigan State University to help teach high schoolers about genes and adaptation
July 17, 2023
MPS faculty member David Lowry participates in a collaboration between plant and education researchers at MSU working to transform the relationship students have with science.
A computer graphic showing how isoprene intercalates into the hydrophobic core of a thylakoid membrane
June 28, 2023
Two MPS faulty members, Josh Vermaas and Tom Sharkey, teamed up to investigate how isoprene levels and temperature affect the thylakoid membrane of plants at the nanoscale.
Corals in a tank
June 14, 2023
This scientific connection led to a unique collaboration between Robert Quinn and MPS faculty member Christoph Benning, who teamed up and received a $1.9 million grant from the National Science Foundation to study the role that betaine lipids from a mutually beneficial symbiotic relationship with algae play in coral bleaching.
Kadeem J. Gilbert
June 1, 2023
Kadeem J. Gilbert, W.K. Kellogg Biological Station faculty member and assistant professor in the Michigan State University College of Natural Science’s Department of Plant Biology, has received a prestigious award that recognizes outstanding young plant scientists.
A pile of cherries with a DNA strand behind it
May 22, 2023
Since Michigan is the nation's leading producer of tart cherries, Michigan State University researchers, including MPS faculty member Courtney Hollender, were searching for the genes associated with tart cherry trees that bloom later in the season to meet the needs of a changing climate.
Anton Lang
April 28, 2023
Graduate student Hannah Parks and postdoctoral researcher María Santos Merino have been awarded the 2023 Anton Lang Memorial Awards at a ceremony which took place on Monday, April 24, 2023. This year’s lecture was given by University Distinguished Professor Thomas D. Sharkey from Michigan State University.