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Why this promising biofuel crop takes a summer break Why this promising biofuel crop takes a summer break

By explaining a photosynthetic peculiarity in switchgrass, MSU researchers from the Walker lab may have unlocked even more of the plant’s potential.

January 25, 2023 Tags: Walker lab
Untying molecular knots: Making molecular simulations more efficient with LongBondEliminator Untying molecular knots: Making molecular simulations more efficient with LongBondEliminator

Researchers from the Vermaas lab created a more efficient tool to solve the problem of ring piercings in molecular simulations. This work is published in Biomolecules.

January 18, 2023 Tags: Vermaas lab
From colleagues to collaborators, a cross-department conversation links statistics to plant science From colleagues to collaborators, a cross-department conversation links statistics to plant science

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, to team up with statistician and Assistant Professor Chih-Li Sung from the Department of Statistics and Probability.

January 9, 2023 Tags: Walker lab
Is there a link between climate change and plant nutrition? Is there a link between climate change and plant nutrition?

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.

January 3, 2023 Tags: Walker lab
Kramer lab: Plants between light and darkness Kramer lab: Plants between light and darkness

For research, plants are frequently grown under stable lighting, which does not reflect natural conditions. In a series of experiments with changing light conditions, simulating the natural interplay of light and shadow, researchers from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology in Potsdam-Golm and the College of Natural Science at MSU reveal the importance of two key proteins for the dynamic control of photosynthesis.

December 26, 2022 Tags: Kramer lab
Donghee Hoh receives the 2022 Kende award Donghee Hoh receives the 2022 Kende award

Donghee Hoh is the 2022 recipient of the Kende Award, which acknowledges the best doctoral dissertation in plant sciences at Michigan State University over the last two years

December 22, 2022 Tags: awards, Kramer lab
Borrowing building blocks from bacteria to create a more sustainable future Borrowing building blocks from bacteria to create a more sustainable future

With $10.65 million of support from the U.S. Department of Energy, Michigan State University is home to one of the nation’s newest Energy Frontier Research Centers. Led by Cheryl Kerfeld, a Hannah Distinguished Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, the center is exploring how nature compartmentalizes some of its most important biochemical reactions.

December 15, 2022 Tags: Vermaas lab, Ducat lab, Kerfeld lab
Gregg Howe: Three NatSci faculty members ranked for their global publication power Gregg Howe: Three NatSci faculty members ranked for their global publication power

This month, three scientists affiliated with the Michigan State University College of Natural Science, including the PRL's Gregg Howe, have been recognized as being among the world’s most influential scientists thanks to their papers’ usefulness to other researchers in their fields.

November 30, 2022 Tags: awards, Howe lab
PRL Perspectives: Postdoctoral researcher Daipayan Sarkar PRL Perspectives: Postdoctoral researcher Daipayan Sarkar

Daipayan Sarkar is a postdoctoral researcher from the Vermaas lab, where his research focus is on fundamental aspects of photosynthesis and its widespread application in sustainability research.

November 22, 2022 Tags: Vermaas lab, PRL Perspectives
Brandizzi lab: Michigan State researchers send experiment on NASA mission Brandizzi lab: Michigan State researchers send experiment on NASA mission

NASA launched a spacecraft this past week that will travel beyond the moon and back … and a piece of Michigan State University is aboard.

November 21, 2022 Tags: Brandizzi lab
Gregg Howe: MSU researchers recognized in '2022 Highly Cited' list Gregg Howe: MSU researchers recognized in '2022 Highly Cited' list

Eleven Michigan State University researchers, including the PRL's Gregg Howe, have been recognized in the 2022 Highly Cited Researchers List compiled by Clarivate Analytics.

November 18, 2022 Tags: awards, Howe lab
Benning lab receives NSF grant to bring research into the undergraduate classroom Benning lab receives NSF grant to bring research into the undergraduate classroom

Researchers from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory Benning lab have received a $1,076,813 grant from the National Science Foundation to bring research into the undergraduate classroom setting with a project looking at how the chloroplast reacts to stress responses in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana

November 15, 2022 Tags: awards, Benning lab
DOE-BER grant seeks new imaging approaches to observe plant-microbe interactions DOE-BER grant seeks new imaging approaches to observe plant-microbe interactions

Michigan State University and the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, operated by Stanford University, are working to build new microscopes that allow scientists to peer into plant cells like never before.

November 8, 2022 Tags: awards, Brandizzi lab
PRL Perspectives: Undergraduate research assistant İlayda Korkmaz PRL Perspectives: Undergraduate research assistant İlayda Korkmaz

İlayda Korkmaz is an undergraduate student in the Benning Lab who is majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as well as Political Science. She is interested in energy and enzymes. In her free time, she likes to read, paint and watch movies.

October 19, 2022 Tags: PRL Perspectives, Benning lab
PRL welcomes a new systems biology research group: Assistant Professor Daniela Strenkert and Research Assistant Professor Stefan Schmollinger PRL welcomes a new systems biology research group: Assistant Professor Daniela Strenkert and Research Assistant Professor Stefan Schmollinger

The MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory is excited to welcome two new members to its faculty body: Assistant Professor Daniela Strenkert, who has her academic appoint with the Department of Plant Biology, and Research Assistant Professor Stefan Schmollinger with an academic appointment with the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

October 5, 2022 Tags: Schmollinger, Strenkert lab
Former graduate student Abhijnan Chattopadhyay accepts postdoc position with the National Institutes of Health Former graduate student Abhijnan Chattopadhyay accepts postdoc position with the National Institutes of Health

Abhijnan Chattopadhyay, former graduate student in David Kramer’s lab, is headed to the National Institute of Health (NIH) at North Carolina Research Triangle Park for his postdoctoral fellowship.

September 28, 2022 Tags: future scientists, alumni, Kramer lab
PRL Perspectives: Graduate student Bianca Serda PRL Perspectives: Graduate student Bianca Serda

Bianca Serda is a second-year graduate student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Molecular Plant Sciences programs here at Michigan State University. "I have learned that there are many resources available to help move my research forward, all I need to do is ask what is available for me and somehow, I find what I need."

September 21, 2022 Tags: PRL Perspectives, Sharkey lab
MPS Seminars return for 2022/2023 Academic year MPS Seminars return for 2022/2023 Academic year

Join the Molecular Plant Sciences program Fall and Spring semester for the Monday seminar series.

September 12, 2022
Inaugural EHS Laboratory Safety Awards recognizes NatSci laboratories Inaugural EHS Laboratory Safety Awards recognizes NatSci laboratories

Ten Michigan State University laboratories were acknowledged by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety as a part of their inaugural Laboratory Safety Recognition Awards this year.

September 8, 2022 Tags: Walker lab, awards
MSU researchers from the Kerfeld lab help reveal a 'blueprint' for photosynthesis [LINK] MSU researchers from the Kerfeld lab help reveal a 'blueprint' for photosynthesis [LINK]

New findings in microbes called cyanobacteria present new opportunities for plant science, bioengineering and environmental protection.

August 31, 2022 Tags: Kerfeld lab

Top Stories

Why this promising biofuel crop takes a summer break Why this promising biofuel crop takes a summer break

By explaining a photosynthetic peculiarity in switchgrass, MSU researchers from the Walker lab may have unlocked even more of the plant’s potential.

Untying molecular knots: Making molecular simulations more efficient with LongBondEliminator Untying molecular knots: Making molecular simulations more efficient with LongBondEliminator

Researchers from the Vermaas lab created a more efficient tool to solve the problem of ring piercings in molecular simulations. This work is published in Biomolecules.

From colleagues to collaborators, a cross-department conversation links statistics to plant science From colleagues to collaborators, a cross-department conversation links statistics to plant science

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, to team up with statistician and Assistant Professor Chih-Li Sung from the Department of Statistics and Probability.