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Yang-Tusng Lin looks at a test tube
February 17, 2022
Researchers from the Benning lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory have been looking into the signals for activating different states of the cell cycle in microalga, which has potential applications for future biofuel production and cancer research.
Hands use tweezers on a small plant
February 11, 2022
Christoph Benning, director of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), was elected a Senior Member of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). He is among 83 academic inventors to be elected to the group in 2022.
Sean Weise
February 3, 2022
Sean Weise, research assistant professor in the Sharkey lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), is moving to the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology to build and teach a new undergraduate class.
Austrian pine
January 31, 2022
Whole-molecule carbon isotope ratios (13C/12C) enable assessments of plant carbon uptake yet conceal information about carbon allocation.
Federica Brandizzi and Sang-Jin Kim in a greenhouse
January 25, 2022
It’s estimated that by 2050, the global population could reach 9 billion. With limited natural resources, feeding, clothing and providing materials to support that many people will be challenging. In Federica Brandizzi’s lab at Michigan State University, she and her colleagues are finding ways to make plants part of the solution.
James Santiago
January 24, 2022
James Santiago, postdoc in the Sharkey lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) has accepted a new position as a R&D plant physiologist at Soli Organic, a culinary herb company based in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Close up of a computer with colorful squares on the screen
January 12, 2022
MSU scientists have developed a new gene discovery method that is helping them to understand how plants recover from stressful situations in their environments.
Jianping Hu
January 11, 2022
Hu lab
Professor Jianping Hu has been appointed as the new director of the Molecular Plant Sciences (MPS) Graduate Program at Michigan State University.
Depicted are typical Chlamydomonas cells with a single cup-shaped chloroplast and a nucleus
December 22, 2021
A structure that helps algae photosynthesize when carbon dioxide levels are low may also play a role during hyperoxia conditions.
Gloved hands hold a plate with algae
December 22, 2021
A new study from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) shows how some algae can protect themselves when the oxygen they produce impairs their photosynthetic activity. The discovery also answers a long-standing question about how algae survive when CO2 levels are low.