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How plants 'muscle up' against bacteria in the cold January 26, 2018 How plants 'muscle up' against bacteria in the cold

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.

Reviewing photosynthesis in dynamic conditions: Photosystem I as a guard January 22, 2018 Reviewing photosynthesis in dynamic conditions: Photosystem I as a guard

The fundamental protein complex potentially guards plants from high light and ageing effects. This new observation could change how we view photosynthesis.
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MSU researchers identify a new family of light-responsive proteins November 29, 2017 MSU researchers identify a new family of light-responsive proteins

Michigan State University researchers have discovered a new family of light-sensitive proteins found in cyanobacteria, formerly known as blue-green algae.

Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table November 27, 2017 Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table

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.

MSU lands $3.2M grant to improve stevia taste, US production November 15, 2017 MSU lands $3.2M grant to improve stevia taste, US production

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 potatoes' past could improve spuds of the future October 30, 2017 Examining potatoes' past could improve spuds of the future

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.

Jiming Jiang named Foundation Professor September 29, 2017 Jiming Jiang named Foundation Professor

The designation is given to outstanding faculty who demonstrate excellence in reseaerch and teaching, while enhancing the prominence of the institution.

Too much sun is no good - for people or plants September 20, 2017 Too much sun is no good - for people or plants

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.

$10M DOE grant to help boost camelina oilseed yield September 14, 2017 $10M DOE grant to help boost camelina oilseed yield

MSU will lead a $10 million U.S. Department of Energy grant to explore ways to boost this promising biofuel crop’s yield.

Robert Last: an evolving career in plant genetics September 13, 2017 Robert Last: an evolving career in plant genetics

How does an undergraduate degree in organic chemistry evolve into a deep-rooted career in plant biology? Dr. Last explains.