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Stress tested: how algae change their internal solar panels to stay alive
Stress tested: how algae change their internal solar panels to stay alive
February 21, 2018

The natural solar panels constantly grow and shrink in size to adjust to changes in their hosts' environments. Scientists want to tap into this energy source for biofuels and food purposes.

Tags: Benning lab, Kramer lab, fundamental research
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Beronda Montgomery elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
Beronda Montgomery elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology
February 16, 2018

Beronda Montgomery has been elected fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology.

Tags: Montgomery lab
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How detecting light in the water affects how much food cyanobacteria get
How detecting light in the water affects how much food cyanobacteria get
February 15, 2018

Scientists have linked how water-dwelling bacteria monitor light wavelengths in their surroundings with their capacity to do photosynthesis. The research has medical/biofuels implications.

Tags: fundamental research, Montgomery lab
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SP1 protein interacts with three energy-related cellular organelles
SP1 protein interacts with three energy-related cellular organelles
February 5, 2018

The protein, which helps to construct peroxisomes, also interacts with chloroplasts and mitochondria. The organelles are important for generating and managing plant energy supplies.

Tags: Hu lab, fundamental research
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Reviewing photosynthesis in dynamic conditions: Photosystem I as a guard
Reviewing photosynthesis in dynamic conditions: Photosystem I as a guard
January 22, 2018

The fundamental protein complex potentially guards plants from high light and ageing effects. This new observation could change how we view photosynthesis.

Tags: John Froehlich, fundamental research
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Reflections from "Feed the Future" conference in Burkina Faso
Reflections from "Feed the Future" conference in Burkina Faso
January 15, 2018

Atsuko Kanazawa reflects on collaborative projects in West Africa that contribute to local food security, like identifying drought-resistant beans or supporting women-run experimental farms.

Tags: green solutions, outreach, Kramer lab
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Growing a garden in space
Growing a garden in space
December 19, 2017

Scientists are studying how plants adapt to space environments. The NASA funded research aims to help us grow fresh produce beyond the planet Earth.

Tags: future scientists, fundamental research, Brandizzi lab
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Bethany Huot wins 2017 Kende award
Bethany Huot wins 2017 Kende award
December 12, 2017

The award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the plant sciences at MSU from the previous two years.

Tags: awards, Montgomery lab, He lab
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MSU 2017 team wins silver medal at synthetic biology competition
MSU 2017 team wins silver medal at synthetic biology competition
December 11, 2017

MSU’s second-ever iGEM team earned a Silver Medal for a new technology that can detect dangerous contaminants in the environment.

Tags: Ducat lab, outreach, future scientists
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How plants 'muscle up' as they prep for the cold
How plants 'muscle up' as they prep for the cold
December 7, 2017

A protein that helps plants prepare for the cold also helps them beef up for bacterial attacks, as a precautionary measure.

Tags: fundamental research, Thomashow lab
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Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table [VIDEO]
Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table [VIDEO]
November 27, 2017

The Nature Communications study shows how high temperature weakens plant defenses while, separately, strengthening bacterial attacks.

Tags: He lab, fundamental research
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Sheng Yang He and Gregg Howe named 2017 Highly Cited Researchers
Sheng Yang He and Gregg Howe named 2017 Highly Cited Researchers
November 16, 2017

Their research ranks among the top 1% most cited works in their fields during the year of publication. He and Howe have made the list three years in a row.

Tags: He lab, Howe lab, awards
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How to build artificial nanofactories to power our futures: Logistics
How to build artificial nanofactories to power our futures: Logistics
October 31, 2017

A peek into the logistics of how bacterial nanofactories move electrons, towards creating chemical products. Future apps include renewable energy and medical tools.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
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Better together: a bacteria community creates biodegradable plastic with sunlight
Better together: a bacteria community creates biodegradable plastic with sunlight
October 23, 2017

The cooperative works like an assembly line and is relatively cheap to run. Future products could include medicine, even food for Martian outposts.

Tags: Ducat lab, green solutions
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Grad student Isaac Osei-Bonsu wins conference award
Grad student Isaac Osei-Bonsu wins conference award
October 12, 2017

The Department of Plant Biology student won for his poster presentation on research to improve photosynthetic performance in heat-sensitive cowpea crops.

Tags: Kramer lab, awards, future scientists
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Taking the brakes off plant production: not so good after all
Taking the brakes off plant production: not so good after all
October 10, 2017

When engineers want to speed up a system, they look for the slowest steps and make them faster. In plants, this approach potentially does more harm than good, says the Kramer lab.

Tags: Kramer lab, fundamental research
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PhotosynQ education focus: Sonya Lawrence [LINK]
PhotosynQ education focus: Sonya Lawrence [LINK]
October 9, 2017

This post highlights how the Instructor in the Biological Sciences Program at MSU has been incorporating PhotosynQ into her courses since 2014.

Tags: Kramer lab, future scientists, PhotosynQ
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Beronda Montgomery named American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer [LINK]
Beronda Montgomery named American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer [LINK]
October 6, 2017

The five lectures, taking place between 2017 and 2019, will focus on diverse research topics and also career cultivation.

Tags: Montgomery lab, outreach
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Identifying a new family of light-responsive proteins
Identifying a new family of light-responsive proteins
October 2, 2017

The new family of proteins protects cyanobacteria from sunlight damage, and they are interesting for use in synthetic medical or renewable energy applications.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, Montgomery lab, fundamental research
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Turning the evolutionary clock back on a light-sensitive protein
Turning the evolutionary clock back on a light-sensitive protein
September 19, 2017

Scientists show how the two OCP parts interact and also create new synthetic versions of that protein. The goal is to use it in synthetic healthcare systems, powered by light.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
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