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Gregg Howe
October 18, 2023
Gregg Howe is a PRL researcher who is internationally known for his work on plant resilience. He recently spent a year in Japan as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar, where he collaborated with Japanese scientists on research focused on understanding and improving plant resilience traits.
Mauricio Tejera-Nieves
October 17, 2023
As potential for biofuel, switchgrass is a perennial plant that is of great interest to researchers. Scientists from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory Walker lab are looking at how these plants regrow, even when regrowing with less than its usual carbon storage.
Tree
October 5, 2023
Trees including oak and poplar will emit more isoprene — a compound that worsens air pollution — as global temperatures rise, according to new MSU research.
A potted plant as seen from above
September 28, 2023
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Growing the legacy – Michigan State University embarks on campaign to recruit new plant science faculty.
A group of people smiling for the camera
September 27, 2023
The MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory Community Building and Outreach Committee participated in the inaugural MSU Detroit Early Honors Experience, a collaboration between Detroit Public Schools Community District and several departments at MSU. The day PRL participated in was focused on teaching Detroit high schoolers plant science concepts and research techniques out in the field.
Ian Major works with Gregg Howe and Leah Johnson in the lab
September 14, 2023
In plants, the jasmonate signaling pathway helps plants control their defense responses to environmental stresses. Like the human body, plants respond differently to individual threats. Just as people wouldn’t get a fever due to a sprained ankle, plants deal with harmful elements in particular ways. A study from the Howe lab looks at how plants respond to environmental threats in the correct way.
A close up on hands holding a scientific plate with plant seedlings on it
August 30, 2023
MSU researchers reveal a biological pathway that could be targeted to breed more resilient crops.
A group of people stand together outside in front of a statue
August 29, 2023
Mentored by MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory members, four undergraduate students participated in laboratory research this summer, as a part of the Plant Genomics @ Michigan State University Research Experiences for Undergraduates program.
Binod Basyal in a greenhouse, working with a piece of scientific equipment
August 24, 2023
Binod Basyal is a postdoctoral research associate at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Lab within the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center. He tells us about his research, his background and the importance of optimism in solving complex problems.
Max Harman and George Kusi-Appiah
August 10, 2023
Two PRL graduate students have been accepted to the Plant Biotechnology for Health and Sustainability Graduate Training Program. This two-year program provides training and career opportunities for students who are interested in research areas related to plant biotechnology.