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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
Power Plants: Kramer lab featured in MSU President's 2016 Report Power Plants: Kramer lab featured in MSU President's 2016 Report

The 90-second clip is part of a series showcasing MSU's abilities in anticipating global challenges. The Kramer lab focuses on understanding photosynthesis in real time and in dynamic environments.

March 16, 2017 Tags: Kramer lab, green solutions, PhotosynQ
Beronda Montgomery: Growing from adviser to mentor Beronda Montgomery: Growing from adviser to mentor

"Mentoring is so much more than offering generic advice." Check out Beronda's take on MSU's Faculty Voice series. 

March 13, 2017 Tags: Montgomery lab, future scientists
Montgomery Smith granted 2017 Excellence in Diversity Award Montgomery Smith granted 2017 Excellence in Diversity Award

The Benning lab freshman has received an honorable mention in the "Students Making a Difference Through Artistic Expression" contest for her visual arts social issues series on Detroit.

February 17, 2017 Tags: Benning lab, awards, future scientists
Growth-defense gene pulls many strings in plant cell factories 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.

February 7, 2017 Tags: Brandizzi lab, fundamental research
Investing in cell wall growth for improved photosynthesis 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.

January 24, 2017 Tags: Weraduwage, Sharkey lab, fundamental research
Scratching the genetic surface of poisonous mushrooms 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.

January 17, 2017 Tags: Walton lab, fundamental research
How cyanobacteria define their middle point How cyanobacteria define their middle point

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

January 11, 2017 Tags: Ducat lab, fundamental research
Molecular velcro boosts microalgae's potential in biofuel industrial applications 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. 

January 10, 2017 Tags: Ducat lab, green solutions
Understanding a cell part construction manager 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.

December 21, 2016 Tags: Hu lab, fundamental research
MSU students participate in premier synthetic biology competition 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.

December 19, 2016 Tags: Ducat lab, future scientists
2016 Kende Award goes to Dr. Marcelo Campos 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.

December 14, 2016 Tags: Howe lab, awards, future scientists
Sean McGuire awarded Undergraduate Research Fellowship 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.

December 12, 2016 Tags: Kerfeld lab, awards, future scientists
The highs and lows of scientific 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.

December 5, 2016 Tags: He lab, future scientists, fundamental research
Just add water: New discovery in plant-disease mechanism 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.

November 30, 2016 Tags: He lab, fundamental research

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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.