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A new chloroplast 'app' for making biofuels A new chloroplast 'app' for making biofuels

In addition to doing photosynthesis, the chloroplast is the source of up to 10% of seed oil production in plants. Scientists are experimenting with harvesting that oil to make biofuels.

July 11, 2017 Tags: Benning lab, green solutions
Gregg Howe earns University Distinguished Professor title Gregg Howe earns University Distinguished Professor title

Howe is among ten MSU faculty named University Distinguished Professors in recognition of their achievements in the classroom, laboratory, and community.

July 7, 2017 Tags: Howe lab, awards
The ref and the fighter: two sides of plant defense The ref and the fighter: two sides of plant defense

The Howe lab delves into how defense genes do more than just fight. They also tangle with growth functions.

July 5, 2017 Tags: Howe lab, fundamental research
Thomas Sharkey joins the PRL Thomas Sharkey joins the PRL

The MSU Distinguished Professor studies the biochemistry and biophysics that determine the exchange of gases between the biosphere and the atmosphere.

July 3, 2017 Tags: Sharkey lab, future scientists
[VIDEO] Our first ever look at bacterial organelle shells [VIDEO] Our first ever look at bacterial organelle shells

In a new Science publication, The Kerfeld lab show us the details of bacterial organelle shells for the first time ever, making it easier to target them for medical or renewable energy applications. 

June 23, 2017 Tags: Kerfeld lab, green solutions
Squeezing oil out of plants and into your gas tank: it's hard. Squeezing oil out of plants and into your gas tank: it's hard.

When the Benning lab tried a technique for producing plant biofuels, an unexpected result led to an increase in our basic knowledge of plant biology.

June 20, 2017 Tags: Benning lab, green solutions
How to build an artificial nano-factory to power our futures How to build an artificial nano-factory to power our futures

The Kerfeld lab has analyzed over 200 sets of cyanobacteria DNA. This knowledge is getting us closer to understanding how to build synthetic factories that will someday produce green fuels or products used to diagnose diseases.

June 14, 2017 Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
Bowling scores only a mom could love, records shattered at PRL bowling tourney Bowling scores only a mom could love, records shattered at PRL bowling tourney

Eric Young wins big time, scoring an impressive 267 to take home the Gutter Ball XXIII trophy.

May 31, 2017 Tags: outreach
MSU hosts first ever Fascination of Plants Day MSU hosts first ever Fascination of Plants Day

MSU plant biologists invited the general public to explore the world of plants and algae in a celebration that took place alongside hundreds of others in over 50 countries.

May 30, 2017 Tags: outreach
2017 Anton Lang Memorial Award Winners Announced 2017 Anton Lang Memorial Award Winners Announced

Clement Aussignargues and Joshua MacCready have won the 2017 Anton Lang Memorial Award.

May 26, 2017 Tags: Kerfeld lab, Ducat lab, awards, future scientists
Getting first prize at the UURAF: Our 3 winners tell us how Getting first prize at the UURAF: Our 3 winners tell us how

We interview Hope, Michael, and Cassie to find out what drew them to science, what makes them tick, and why they think they did well at the UURAF.

May 24, 2017 Tags: Kerfeld lab, Benning lab, Howe lab, future scientists
Growing pains and how that might affect seed quality Growing pains and how that might affect seed quality

The Brandizzi lab is showing how extreme heat negatively impacts seed quality in plants targeted for producing biofuels.

May 16, 2017 Tags: Kim, Brandizzi lab, fundamental research
Sheng Yang He reappointed as a Howard Hughes HHMI Investigator Sheng Yang He re-appointed as a Howard Hughes HHMI Investigator

A Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Gordon Betty Moore Foundation investigator since 2011, He has been reappointed as an HHMI investigator for a second term.

May 9, 2017 Tags: He lab, awards
Looking deeper into peroxisome proliferation Looking deeper into peroxisome proliferation

The Hu lab has identified a new protein that helps control how little cellular factories, called peroxisomes, divide and proliferate.

May 2, 2017 Tags: Hu lab, fundamental research
A thousand tales of plant defense A thousand tales of plant defense

The He lab has completed an unprecedented study of over 1000 plant varieties to tease out their major defense systems against bacteria.

April 25, 2017 Tags: He lab, fundamental research
Gregg Howe awarded Fellow of ASPB Award Gregg Howe awarded Fellow of ASPB Award

The American Society of Plant Biologists award recognizes distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology and service to the society.

April 18, 2017 Tags: Howe lab, awards
Howe receives 2017 MSU Innovation Center Award Howe receives 2017 MSU Innovation Center Award

Dr. Gregg Howe has received the 2017 Innovation of the Year award for research that uncouples the antagonistic relationship between plant growth and defense.

April 13, 2017 Tags: Howe lab, awards
Unpacking a new bacterial mini-factory Unpacking a new bacterial mini-factory

The new compartment, widely spread among different kinds of bacteria, might be reassembled to someday sustainably produce “green” chemicals, medicines, and renewable energy.

March 30, 2017 Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
Montgomery, Thomashow invested as MSU Foundation Professors Montgomery, Thomashow invested as MSU Foundation Professors

The PRL's Beronda Montgomery and Michael Thomashow were honored as MSU Foundation Professors on March 23 at an investiture ceremony held at MSU’s Wharton Center.

March 27, 2017 Tags: Montgomery lab, Thomashow lab, awards
From the lab to the world: solving big problems in agriculture and energy From the lab to the world: solving big problems in agriculture and energy

Introducing MultispeQ, an affordable and sophisticated scientific instrument that measures plant health and photosynthetic parameters.

March 22, 2017 Tags: Kramer lab, PhotosynQ, green solutions

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Using Artificial Intelligence to delve into plant cell secrets Using Artificial Intelligence to delve into plant cell secrets

A new AI system, called DeepLearnMOR, can identify organelles and classify hundreds of microscopy images in a matter of seconds and with an accuracy rate of over 97%. The study illustrates the potential of AI to significantly increase the scope, speed, and accuracy of screening tools in plant biology.

Study links energy metabolism to reduced fertility in overheated bean crops Study links energy metabolism to reduced fertility in overheated bean crops

The study reports that the activity levels of the carbon metabolism protein, G6PDH, are related to decreased production of pollen in bean flowers. As global temperatures rise, some bean crops, including Michigan-grown varieties, might be more sensitive to higher heat levels.

2021 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced 2021 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced

Evan Angelos and Hainan Zhao were recognized during a ceremony which took place online on Monday, April 19, 2021. The Anton Lang Memorial Fund was established in honor of the founding director of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, who passed away in 1996.