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July 18, 2016
Acidification tells plants it's deadly freezing
Acidification tells plants it's deadly freezing

The warning causes plants to protect their energy factories from freezing temperatures. This discovery will help increase both the economic feasibility of renewable energies and plant yields.

July 14, 2016
Alumni spotlight: Jianping Yu behind a major innovation
Alumni spotlight: Jianping Yu behind a major innovation

Dr. Yu, an assistant professor from 2002-2005, is currently at the nation's only federal lab dedicated to renewable energy. His work is opening doors to algae creating a chemical, usually extracted from oil, that is found in many modern products.

July 11, 2016
PhotosynQ helping Malawian farmers increase yields
PhotosynQ helping Malawian farmers increase yields

A fascinating collaboration has developed between the Kramer lab and local partners to improve land management practices in one of the poorest nations on the planet. The group is using an innovative technology that collects plant data at low costs.

July 5, 2016
Federica Brandizzi: behind the scientist
Federica Brandizzi: behind the scientist

What makes Federica Brandizzi tick? What inspired her to study plants? Why did she leave Italy, breaking a family tradition of living in Rome for more generations than she can count? Find out in this bio of one of our biofuel scientists and MSU Foundation Professors.

June 24, 2016
Enhancing the value of biofuel crops with plant-based oils
Enhancing the value of biofuel crops with plant-based oils

Advances in synthetic biology are allowing Christoph Benning and his collaborators at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center to coax plants into producing more oils and valuable compounds. This opens exciting avenues into new applications for crops grown primarily for conversion into biofuel.

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