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MSU team wins bronze at 2018 synthetic biology competition November 27, 2018 MSU team wins bronze at 2018 synthetic biology competition

The team, which included three MPS labs, participated at the International Genetically Engineered Machines competition, which brings together students from around the world to design synthetic biology solutions for some of humanity’s toughest problems.

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.

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.

New research uncovers how plants respond to complex stresses June 26, 2018 New research uncovers how plants respond to complex stresses

Recent research from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory shows the connection between two plant defense systems and plant growth and photosynthesis, or how plants convert sunlight to energy.