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Enhancing the value of biofuel crops with plant-based oils

Advances in synthetic biology are allowing Christoph Benning and his collaborators at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center to coax plants into producing more oils and valuable compounds. 

'Road testing' plants reveals photosynthesis secrets

The Kramer lab has published an article on groundbreaking technology that reveals the hidden workings of photosynthesis in living plants.

Sushi and science: creating a student community of minds

Bethany Huot, a PhD student at the PRL, realized that science is best done in supportive and active communities. So she created The Pub Club, a successful student-driven collective.

Hu co-authors paper on the regulation of plant stress response

The collaboration between Jianping Hu and Spanish researchers examines how peroxisomes and subcellular organelles detect and regulate the environmental stress response in plants.

Montgomery publishes on light harvesting efficiency

This fundamental photosynthesis research focuses on one cyanobacteria species in changing light environments. 

David Kramer featured on ExxonMobil algae biofuels article

The piece briefly explores the challenges behind scaling algae-based biofuels, as part of a recently started relationship between the Kramer Lab and ExxonMobil.

Brandizzi Lab celebrates 10 years at MSU

The lab researches critical plant production machinery that extends towards applications in such production areas as food, clothes, and precursors for biofuels.

Brandizzi Lab awarded an NSF grant for corn research

The 3-year multi-institutional project will aim to study and improve how this important crop reacts to extreme environmental stressors such as heat, drought, or high salt content.

Cheryl Kerfeld featured in MSU President's 2015 Report

The two-minute short is part of a series showcasing MSU's abilities in anticipating global challenges. Kerfeld's lab focuses on green energy sources and commodities through the bioengineering of microbes.

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Undergraduate Research Forum - Part 3/3: Michael Das

PRL undergraduates had a strong presence at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum that took place at the MSU Union on Friday, April 8. Part 3 of the series profiles Michael Das.

David Kramer lands 2016 Kettering Award

Kramer is the recipient of the prestigious American Society of Plant Biologists 2016 Charles F. Kettering Award for his research into photosynthesis.

Undergraduate Research Forum - Part 2/3: Donna Liebelt

PRL undergraduates had a strong presence at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum that took place at the MSU Union on Friday, April 8. Part 2 of the series introduces Donna Liebelt.

PhotosynQ's first workshop a success

The Kramer Lab hosted its first PhotosynQ workshop on April 22, 2016, attended by university members and private companies. 

Undergraduate Research Forum - Part 1/3: Hope Hersh

PRL undergrads had a strong presence at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum that took place on Friday, April 8, even taking away a first prize for a poster presentation. We first profile Hope Hersh.

Jin Chen to join University of Kentucky in July

Jin Chen will join the University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Division of Biomedical Informatics as Associate Professor on July 1st, 2016.

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PhotosynQ Video Featured On The Food Fix Website

Greg Austic from the Kramer Lab gives a three-minute overview of the platform for one of its earliest supporters, MSU's own Global Center for Food Systems Innovation.

PRL Welcomes New Communications Coordinator

Igor Houwat will keep the public updated on the latest happenings at the twelve resident labs.

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2016 Anton Lang Memorial Award Winners Announced

Ian Major, Ph.D., and Li Zhang have each received the Anton Lang Memorial Award for cross-disciplinary research on plant defense. 

A social network for plant science

David Kramer’s lab is reminiscent of a start-up business, a convergence of diverse minds and skills with the same end goal — to improve plant science. 

MSU partners with ExxonMobil to advance biofuel research

A new $1 million relationship between Michigan State University and ExxonMobil will expand fundmantal research designed to progress the fundamental science required to advance algae-based fuels.

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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.