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Growth-defense gene pulls many strings in plant cell factories

The Brandizzi lab has demonstrated how one master gene fine-tunes how massive protein factories in plant cells allocate resources to growth and defense functions.

Investing in cell wall growth for improved photosynthesis

Changes in leaf cell wall make-up can dramatically affect how large or thick leaves grow. This knowledge may help improve how crops intercept light and exchange gas with the atmosphere.

Scratching the genetic surface of poisonous mushrooms

The Walton lab has sequenced the genomes of two species of poisonous Amanita mushrooms, with an eye towards harnessing them for medicinal and biological uses.

How cyanobacteria define their middle point

The mechanism promotes cell division to ensure daughter cells are healthy and of equal size.

Molecular velcro boosts microalgae's potential in biofuel industrial applications

Derek Fedeson from the Ducat lab has designed a system to attach cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, to yeast and other surfaces. 

Understanding a cell part construction manager

The Hu lab has deepened our understanding of how cells build up internal parts responsible for producing and breaking down energy, with an eye towards agricultural and medical solutions.

MSU students participate in premier synthetic biology competition

Eric Young, a grad student, reflects on MSU's first participation at iGEM, an international competition encouraging students to solve real-world challenges through genetically engineered biological systems.

2016 Kende Award goes to Dr. Marcelo Campos

The Brazilian scientist won the PRL award, which recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the plant sciences at MSU from the previous two years.

Sean McGuire awarded Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The award from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, recognizes talented undergrads committed to pursuing a career in research.

The highs and lows of scientific research

An under the hood look at the science behind the He lab's latest discovery: the establishment of a connection between high humidity levels and bacterial plant disease.

Just add water: New discovery in plant-disease mechanism

New research from the He lab has found that too much rain, coupled with prolonged high levels of humidity, can result in more plant disease.

Adam Jordan joins VWR as Sales Associate

The former Ducat lab's Research Tech will join a global leader in product and service solutions for labs and production industries.

Discovering what keeps cellular cargo on track

The Brandizzi lab have identified how plants’ largest cell factory moves to maintain vital functions, which could lead to advances in improving plant cells’ critical functions and growing better crops.

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.

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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.

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How plants tune their greenness to light quality in their surroundings How plants tune their greenness to light quality in their surroundings

New research is refining our understanding of how light wavelengths impact how plants develop their chloroplasts.

Plant protein helps control both chloroplast's chemistry and lipid membrane Plant protein helps control both chloroplast's chemistry and lipid membrane

The protein, peroxiredoxin Q, is known to maintain a healthy balance of chemicals and energy levels in chloroplasts. The new research shows the protein also impacts the system that produces chloroplast membranes.

Leaf under attack from bacteria? One way plants stop the spread of infection Leaf under attack from bacteria? One way plants stop the spread of infection

The CAMTA system - which is known to protect plants from cold weather - plays a newly discovered role: when bacteria invade a leaf, CAMTA warns neighboring, unaffected leaves to prepare for invasion.