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Microbiologists and plant scientists find secret to tackling cholera June 25, 2018 Microbiologists and plant scientists find secret to tackling cholera

While cholera rages across many regions of the world, a team of microbiologists and plant scientists has pinpointed a genetic weakness in the pandemic’s armor, which could lead to future treatments.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.