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Federica Brandizzi, Felicia Wu, Bruno Basso
March 29, 2023
MPS faculty member Federica Brandizzi discusses agricultural innovation. The world’s population is growing, and climate change is continuing to impact the crops we need to feed that growing population.
Federica Brandizzi and Joanne Thomson look at some of the seedlings that returned from lunar orbit on the Orion spacecraft.
March 28, 2023
The moon holds answers, and a MPS faculty member Federica Brandizzi and graduate student Joanne Thomson are bringing those answers within reach. Patience, creativity and a cheerful fearlessness are turning insights buried in plant seeds into pathways to the very survival of the human race.
A top down view of a piece of lab equipment that measures photosynthesis
March 27, 2023
Found in acidic volcanic hot springs, the extremophilic alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae contains a unique process that allows them to survive in extreme environments. Researchers, led by graduate student Anne Steensma from the Molecular Plant Sciences Graduate Program, are looking at this process and its potential to change how we understand the ways photosynthetic organisms adapt to environmental challenges like high temperatures.
Gloved hands in dirt
March 24, 2023
Michigan State University researchers including MPS faculty member Hatem Rouached have discovered a molecular mechanism that connects plant root growth to phosphorus availability.
Max Harman
March 20, 2023
Harman is a first year Ph.D. student in the MPS program. He wants to pursue a career in agriculture research to improve food and our food system using novel gene-editing techniques to discover and implement novel traits that benefit both producers and consumers.
A field and text that reads: the grassed of us
March 15, 2023
Michigan State University researcher Acer VanWallendael understands the public’s fascination with fungus. It is, after all, a fungus that kicks off the zombie apocalypse in the hit HBO series “The Last of Us.”
Hannah Parks
February 8, 2023
Scopolamine and hyoscyamine are medicinally important compounds that are produced in some solanaceous species. MPS student Hannah Parks is interested in understanding the metabolism in this family of plants.
January 23, 2023
MSU researchers, including MPS students Emily Lanier and Abigail Bryson, have traced the evolution of mint genomes for potential future applications that range from medicines to pesticides to antimicrobials.
Berkley Walker
January 9, 2023
Complicated sets of biological data can be challenging to extrapolate meaningful information from. Wanting to find a better way to look at this data led Berkley Walker, assistant professor at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) and the Department of Plant Biology, to team up with statistician and Assistant Professor Chih-Li Sung from the Department of Statistics and Probability.
Dirt and plant cells
January 3, 2023
A new study from researchers at Michigan State University underscores that we still have much to learn regarding how plants will function — and how nutritious they will be — as more carbon enters our atmosphere.