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February 17, 2017
Montgomery Smith granted 2017 Excellence in Diversity Award
Montgomery Smith granted 2017 Excellence in Diversity Award

The Benning lab freshman has received an honorable mention in the "Students Making a Difference Through Artistic Expression" contest for her visual arts social issues series on Detroit. Congrats Montgomery! (And, yes, we have a lot of artists here!)

February 7, 2017
Growth-defense gene pulls many strings in plant cell factories
Growth-defense gene pulls many strings in plant cell factories

The Brandizzi lab has demonstrated how one master gene fine-tunes how massive protein factories in plant cells allocate resources to growth and defense functions.

January 24, 2017
Investing in cell wall growth for improved photosynthesis
Investing in cell wall growth for improved photosynthesis

A new study showed how changes in leaf cell wall make-up can dramatically affect how large or thick leaves grow. This knowledge may find future applications that improve how crop plants intercept light and exchange gas with the atmosphere.

January 17, 2017
Scratching the genetic surface of poisonous mushrooms
Scratching the genetic surface of poisonous mushrooms

The Walton lab has sequenced the genomes of two species of poisonous Amanita mushrooms, with an eye towards harnessing them for medicinal and biological uses.

January 11, 2017
How cyanobacteria define their middle point
How cyanobacteria define their middle point

The mechanism promotes cell division to ensure daughter cells are healthy and of equal size.

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