Michigan State University scientists have furthered our understanding on how a plant protein, called CAMTA, helps plants strengthen themselves as they anticipate long periods of cold, such as three to four months of winter in the American midwest or northern Europe.
Michigan State University researchers have discovered a new family of light-sensitive proteins found in cyanobacteria, formerly known as blue-green algae.
An issue of global concern is the anticipated shortage of agricultural output to meet the steady rise in human population. Michigan State University scientists understand that overcoming crop loss due to disease and adverse weather will be key in achieving this goal.
The team will work to improve the flavor of the low-calorie sweetener and find ways to help farmers effectively produce the leafy green perennial.
Examining the ancestors of the modern North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped spuds adapt over thousands of years. In a recent study, MSU plant biologist Robin Buell shows potential genetic keys that could ensure the crop will thrive in the future.
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Rob Last, MSU Barnett Rosenberg Professor, and postdoctoral researcher Jun Liu, are working to better understand the regulation of photosynthesis when plants experience rapid and extreme changes in sunlight. The results of their research were recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
MSU will lead a $10 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to explore ways to boost this promising biofuel crop’s yield.
How does an undergraduate degree in organic chemistry evolve into a deep-rooted career in plant biology? Dr. Last explains.