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Undergrad researchers get a taste of graduate student life 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. 

October 11, 2016 Tags: Ducat lab, Montgomery lab, future scientists
In Remembrance: Dr. Kentaro Inoue (1968-2016) 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.

October 6, 2016 Tags: alumni
The dangers of overcharging your plants 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.

October 4, 2016 Tags: Kramer lab, fundamental research
'Dialing in the lipidome' 'Dialing in the lipidome'

In the ongoing quest for healthier lifestyles and environmental sustainability, one of the biggest solutions might also be one of the tiniest: lipids. Think biofuels, cancer research, or even producing fish oils in plants.

September 28, 2016 Tags: Benning lab, green solutions
Michael Thomashow named MSU Foundation Professor Michael Thomashow named MSU Foundation Professor

The title is designated for individuals who combine externally recognized and exemplary scholarly accomplishment. Consideration is also given to teaching innovation and excellence. Congratulations, Mike!

September 26, 2016 Tags: Thomashow lab, awards
Kramer lab's CoralspeQ featured in Nature magazine Kramer lab's CoralspeQ featured in Nature magazine

The technology is featured alongside various new tools that are transforming marine science, as researchers rush to understand how coral reefs are affected by overfishing, pollution, global warming and ocean acidification.

September 22, 2016 Tags: Kanazawa, green solutions, Kramer lab, PhotosynQ
Beronda Montgomery named MSU Foundation Professor Beronda Montgomery named MSU Foundation Professor

The title is designated for individuals who combine externally recognized and exemplary scholarly accomplishment. Consideration is also given to teaching innovation and excellence. Congratulations, Beronda!

September 19, 2016 Tags: Montgomery lab, awards
The building of impactful science careers The building of impactful science careers

Reading science news online gives us exciting insights about our lives and the universe. But the path to significant discoveries is a long one, as seen in the Benning lab's latest photosynthesis related study.

September 14, 2016 Tags: Benning lab, future scientists
CoralspeQ Debut at International Coral Reef Symposium CoralspeQ Debut at International Coral Reef Symposium

Atsuko blogs on the debut of a PRL-built device that measures coral reef health. "If we continue the current practice of land-use, with no further pollution control, over-fishing & etc., coral reefs would disappear by 2070."

September 12, 2016 Tags: Kanazawa, Kramer lab, green solutions, PhotosynQ
Plants have their cake and eat it too Plants have their cake and eat it too

Scientists have thought for a long time now that plants don’t do a good job growing and defending at the same time. The Howe lab has created a plant that does both.

August 30, 2016 Tags: Howe lab, fundamental research
Undergrads make strong showing at Mid-SURE Symposium Undergrads make strong showing at Mid-SURE Symposium

PRL undergraduate researchers shared the fruits of their research at this year’s Mid-Michigan Symposium for Undergraduate Research Experiences (Mid-SURE).

August 29, 2016 Tags: Ducat lab, Brandizzi lab, Howe lab, Montgomery lab
Kerfeld lab reveals a new light-responsive protein family Kerfeld lab reveals a new light-responsive protein family

These ancient proteins will both add to our knowledge of the evolution of photosynthesis and open exciting doors to applications in fields like medicine and biotechnology.

August 24, 2016 Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
David Kramer wins innovation prize from ISPR David Kramer wins innovation prize from ISPR

The International Society of Photosynthesis Research award recognizes that insights from photosynthesis could contribute to fields ranging from solar energy to global climate change.

August 19, 2016 Tags: Kramer lab, awards
Improving grain legume production in Zambia Improving grain legume production in Zambia

The Kramer lab is using its homegrown tech, PhotosynQ, towards improving bean production in this African country, where 60 percent of the population lives in poverty and more than 350,000 people suffer from food insecurity.

August 16, 2016 Tags: Kramer lab, green solutions, PhotosynQ
Federica Brandizzi featured in Lansing State Journal Federica Brandizzi featured in Lansing State Journal

Brandizzi is studying ways to increase soybean and alfalfa yields. She is one of 11 MSU professors who have received grants through the university’s Michigan Translational Research and Commercialization program.  

August 12, 2016 Tags: Brandizzi lab, green solutions
Fighting back the Yellow Dragon Fighting back the Yellow Dragon

The Walton lab and a team of international researchers are exploring a natural tool to combat citrus greening, one of the most economically devastating citrus diseases worldwide.

August 9, 2016 Tags: Walton lab, green solutions
Spreading the science bug to the classroom Spreading the science bug to the classroom

The Kramer lab has built a new technology – called PhotosynQ – that is teaching scientists new things about plants. Now, they want to use it to enrich science learning.

August 5, 2016 Tags: Kramer lab, PhotosynQ, future scientists
A slew of student awards in July A slew of student awards in July

The four awards were for research on plant defense, responses to environmental stimuli... and space plants!

August 1, 2016 Tags: He lab, Brandizzi lab, Montgomery lab, awards
Innovative PRL research impresses at international workshop Innovative PRL research impresses at international workshop

PRL won two prizes at the 12th Workshop on Cyanobacteria, geared towards students and post docs. We interviewed our winners to find out what got them in science, and why their research is cool.

July 26, 2016 Tags: Ducat lab, Kerfeld lab, future scientists
Acidification tells plants it's deadly freezing Acidification tells plants it's deadly freezing

The warning causes plants to protect their energy factories from freezing temperatures. This discovery will help increase both the economic feasibility of renewable energies and plant yields.

July 18, 2016 Tags: Benning lab, fundamental research

Top Stories

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.