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[LINK] Cheryl Kerfeld: Inspired by nature [LINK] Cheryl Kerfeld: Inspired by nature

Cheryl Kerfeld is the Hannah Distinguished Professor of Structural Bioengineering in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory.

November 20, 2018 Tags: Kerfeld lab
New ways to control bacterial factories for future biotech uses New ways to control bacterial factories for future biotech uses

The new methods let scientists assemble the factories on demand and insert custom molecules inside them for further processing. The aim is to eventually design sustainable medical, industrial, or energy applications.

November 7, 2018 Tags: Kerfeld lab, green solutions
Christian Danve Castroverde wins NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Christian Danve Castroverde wins NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Castroverde, a post-doc in the He lab who researches how climate conditions influence plant defense responses, has won a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship.

November 5, 2018 Tags: He lab, awards
Jonathan Walton 1953-2018 Jonathan Walton 1953-2018

We are saddened that Jonathan Walton passed away on October 18, 2018 after a brief illness.

October 23, 2018 Tags: Walton lab
Overspending on defense arsenal bankrupts a plant's economy Overspending on defense arsenal bankrupts a plant's economy

Can plants defend and grow simultaneously? The answer could help us understand natural ecosystems or help farmers increase yields without increasing dependence on pesticides.

October 22, 2018 Tags: Howe lab, fundamental research
Plants, put in the dark, reveal over 100 active peroxisome proteins Plants, put in the dark, reveal over 100 active peroxisome proteins

A new study identifies 111 peroxisomal proteins, including six newly identified ones, in dark-treated plants. It is part of an effort to fully map the functions of plant peroxisomes.

October 1, 2018 Tags: Hu lab, fundamental research
Stressed plant roots warn the rest of the plant of looming dangers Stressed plant roots warn the rest of the plant of looming dangers

When facing drought or heat stress, roots are advance scouts that warn the rest of the plant to prepare for the big 'hit.'

September 25, 2018 Tags: Brandizzi lab, fundamental research
Blazes of light reveal how plants signal danger over long distances Blazes of light reveal how plants signal danger over long distances

A multi-university study reveals how plant communication systems respond to threats from herbivores. Once wounded, plants use calcium signals to warn distant tissues of future attacks.

September 24, 2018 Tags: Howe lab, fundamental research
Koichi Sugimoto joins Yamaguchi University, Japan, as Assistant Professor Koichi Sugimoto joins Yamaguchi University, Japan, as Assistant Professor

The recent PRL alumnus from the Howe lab will train students, maintain facilities, and teach classes on analytical chemistry and lab equipment usage.

September 20, 2018 Tags: Howe lab, future scientists
Berkley Walker joins PRL faculty Berkley Walker joins PRL faculty

Dr. Walker is a broadly-trained biochemist and biologist who focuses on resolving photosynthetic fluxes from cellular to canopy scales.

September 17, 2018 Tags: Walker lab
As climate changes, plants might not suck carbon from the air fast enough As climate changes, plants might not suck carbon from the air fast enough

Atmospheric scientists factor lesser known photosynthesis research into their models. The result: carbon levels in the air could be much higher by 2100 than previously predicted.

September 13, 2018 Tags: Sharkey lab, fundamental research
Kyaw (Joe) Aung joins Iowa State University as an Assistant Professor Kyaw (Joe) Aung joins Iowa State University as an Assistant Professor

The freshly minted PRL alumnus, a former member of the Hu and He labs, will explore how pathogenic microbes manipulate plant communication systems to their advantage.

September 5, 2018 Tags: Hu lab, He lab, future scientists
[VIDEO] New biofuel production system powered by a community of algae and fungi [VIDEO] New biofuel production system powered by a community of algae and fungi

The system lowers cultivation and harvesting costs and increases productivity, factors that currently hold back biofuels from being widely adopted.

September 4, 2018 Tags: Benning lab, green solutions
Scientists find new methods to control bacterial factories for biotech aims Scientists find new methods to control bacterial factories for biotech aims

The Kerfeld lab announces two new methods for manipulating bacterial factories for biotech aims: one is to screen and extract the factories, the other is to predictably insert custom enzymes in them.

July 24, 2018 Tags: Kerfeld lab, green solutions
Keeping up with lipids on the move: a new molecular tracking method Keeping up with lipids on the move: a new molecular tracking method

Scientists have created a new tracking method for plant lipids. The approach could fill our knowledge gaps of lipid movement and help us improve yields in crops targeted for biofuels.

June 29, 2018 Tags: Benning lab, fundamental research
Grad student, Alyssa Preiser, receives Barnett Rosenberg Assistantship Grad student, Alyssa Preiser, receives Barnett Rosenberg Assistantship

The award is for advances students with a distinguished record of accomplishment and provides a stipend of $30,000 plus health insurance and tuition waver for one year.

June 28, 2018 Tags: Sharkey lab, awards
Microbiologists and plant scientists find secret to tackling cholera [LINK] Microbiologists and plant scientists find secret to tackling cholera [LINK]

While cholera rages across many regions of the world, a team of microbiologists and plant scientists from the Benning lab has pinpointed a genetic weakness in the pandemic’s armor, which could lead to future treatments.

June 26, 2018 Tags: Benning lab, fundamental research
Gutter Ball XXIV: Lee Alexander wins bowling tournament Gutter Ball XXIV: Lee Alexander wins bowling tournament

Alexander, who works in the GLBRC Cell Wall Analysis Facility, won the coveted "Gutter Ball Champion" title.

June 21, 2018 Tags: outreach
Two plant cell 'hotspots' tell the cell where to import its resources Two plant cell 'hotspots' tell the cell where to import its resources

The two proteins, called VAP, indicate where endocytosis, a form of transport in which a living cell imports molecules, should occur.

June 19, 2018 Tags: Stefano, Brandizzi lab, fundamental research
PRL alumnus, Richard Vierstra, elected to National Academy of Sciences PRL alumnus, Richard Vierstra, elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences, established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, recognizes achievement in science by election to membership.

June 18, 2018 Tags: awards

Top Stories

Plants get stressed too. We're looking at thousands of genes to understand how they manage it. Plants get stressed too. We're looking at thousands of genes to understand how they manage it.

MSU scientists have developed a new gene discovery method that is helping them to understand how plants recover from stressful situations in their environments.

How do algae survive excess oxygen? Recent discovery gives clues to boost biofuel production How do algae survive excess oxygen? Recent discovery gives clues to boost biofuel production

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.

New limitations to photosynthesis discovered by observing plants in the real world New limitations to photosynthesis discovered by observing plants in the real world

Using innovative methodologies that combine biology and statistics, researchers from the Kramer lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) observe the ways plants respond to their natural environments.