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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
Adam Jordan joins VWR as Sales Associate 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.

November 21, 2016 Tags: Ducat lab, future scientists, alumni
Discovering what keeps cellular cargo on track 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.

November 17, 2016 Tags: Brandizzi lab, fundamental research
Managing photosynthesis' traffic jams 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.

November 10, 2016 Tags: Ducat lab, green solutions
Geoffry Davis wins ISPR presentation award Geoffry Davis wins ISPR presentation award

Geoffry Davis presented his findings at the 17th International Congress on Photosynthesis Research, held in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

November 7, 2016 Tags: Kramer lab, awards, future scientists
Joe Aung awarded a Pathway to Independence Award 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.

October 27, 2016 Tags: He lab, awards, future scientists
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

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Plant "ER": Advanced genomics illuminate new mechanisms for stress mitigation Plant "ER": Advanced genomics illuminate new mechanisms for stress mitigation

As our planet’s climate continues to be unpredictable, understanding how plants respond to adverse environmental conditions becomes essential. Improving crop productivity will be vital to feed the nine billion people estimated to be alive in 2050.

2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced 2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced

Grad student Philip Engelgau and postdoc Peipei Wang have been awarded the 2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award at a ceremony which took place on Monday, April 25, 2022. This year’s lecture was given by Professor Emeritus Govindjee from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Building 'nanofactories' to help make medicines and more [LINK] Building 'nanofactories' to help make medicines and more [LINK]

Spartan research in the lab of Cheryl Kerfeld could lead to efficient, low-cost chemical reactions for valuable products with help from teensy compartments made by bacteria.