News

Managing photosynthesis' traffic jams

The Ducat lab has coaxed a lab-grown cyanobacteria to efficiently make and export sugar, a technique which could someday lead to greater biofuel production at lower cost.

Geoffry Davis wins ISPR presentation award

Geoffry Davis presented his findings at the 17th International Congress on Photosynthesis Research, held in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

Joe Aung awarded a Pathway to Independence Award

The 2016 NIH award will provide up to $837,000 in funds towards researching how harmful bacteria infect plants.

He and Howe among most highly cited researchers in 2016

Our plant defense specialists made the Highly Cited Researchers 2016 list, which represents some of the world’s most influential scientific minds. Click for the full list.

Undergrad researchers get a taste of graduate student life

The students participated in the Plant Genomics @ MSU REU program, which is part of a national endeavor providing undergrads with participatory research experiences at over 100 universities. 

In Remembrance: Dr. Kentaro Inoue (1968-2016)

On August 31, 2016, the PRL lost a dear colleague and friend, when Kentaro Inoue was killed in a tragic accident as he rode his bicycle to work en route to the UC-Davis campus.

Tags: alumni
The dangers of overcharging your plants

Capturing light to produce energy is a dangerous business for plants. The Kramer lab has discovered one important reason why, in their search for ways to improve crop yields.

'Dialing in the lipidome'

In the ongoing quest for healthier lifestyles and environmental sustainability, one of the biggest solutions might also be one of the tiniest: lipids. Think biofuels, cancer research, or even producing fish oils in plants.

Michael Thomashow named MSU Foundation Professor

The title is designated for individuals who combine externally recognized and exemplary scholarly accomplishment. Consideration is also given to teaching innovation and excellence. Congratulations, Mike!

Kramer lab's CoralspeQ featured in Nature magazine

The technology is featured alongside various new tools that are transforming marine science, as researchers rush to understand how coral reefs are affected by overfishing, pollution, global warming and ocean acidification.

Beronda Montgomery named MSU Foundation Professor

The title is designated for individuals who combine externally recognized and exemplary scholarly accomplishment. Consideration is also given to teaching innovation and excellence. Congratulations, Beronda!

The building of impactful science careers

Reading science news online gives us exciting insights about our lives and the universe. But the path to significant discoveries is a long one, as seen in the Benning lab's latest photosynthesis related study.

CoralspeQ Debut at International Coral Reef Symposium

Atsuko blogs on the debut of a PRL-built device that measures coral reef health. "If we continue the current practice of land-use, with no further pollution control, over-fishing & etc., coral reefs would disappear by 2070."

Plants have their cake and eat it too

Scientists have thought for a long time now that plants don’t do a good job growing and defending at the same time. The Howe lab has created a plant that does both.

Undergrads make strong showing at Mid-SURE Symposium

PRL undergraduate researchers shared the fruits of their research at this year’s Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE).

Kerfeld lab reveals a new light-responsive protein family

These ancient proteins will both add to our knowledge of the evolution of photosynthesis and open exciting doors to applications in fields like medicine and biotechnology.

David Kramer wins innovation prize from ISPR

The International Society of Photosynthesis Research award recognizes that insights from photosynthesis could contribute to fields ranging from solar energy to global climate change.

Improving grain legume production in Zambia

The Kramer lab is using its homegrown tech, PhotosynQ, towards improving bean production in this African country, where 60 percent of the population lives in poverty and more than 350,000 people suffer from food insecurity.

Federica Brandizzi featured in Lansing State Journal

Brandizzi is studying ways to increase soybean and alfalfa yields. She is one of 11 MSU professors who have received grants through the university’s Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization program.  

Fighting back the Yellow Dragon

The Walton lab and a team of international researchers are exploring a natural tool to combat citrus greening, one of the most economically devastating citrus diseases worldwide.