A new study identifies 111 peroxisomal proteins, including six newly identified ones, in dark-treated plants. It is part of an effort to fully map the functions of plant peroxisomes.October 1, 2018
When facing drought or heat stress, roots are advance scouts that warn the rest of the plant to prepare for the big 'hit.'September 25, 2018
A multi-university study reveals how plant communication systems respond to threats from herbivores. Once wounded, plants use calcium signals to warn distant tissues of future attacks.September 24, 2018
Atmospheric scientists factor lesser known photosynthesis research into their models. The result: carbon levels in the air could be much higher by 2100 than previously predicted.September 13, 2018
Scientists have created a new tracking method for plant lipids. The approach could fill our knowledge gaps of lipid movement and help us improve yields in crops targeted for biofuels.June 29, 2018
While cholera rages across many regions of the world, a team of microbiologists and plant scientists from the Benning lab has pinpointed a genetic weakness in the pandemic’s armor, which could lead to future treatments.June 26, 2018
The two proteins, called VAP, indicate where endocytosis, a form of transport in which a living cell imports molecules, should occur.June 19, 2018
The NPR1 gene keeps the unfolded protein response, a plant fail-safe for stressful times, in check.June 12, 2018
Understanding how the plant cell's food processors are built might help us breed better plants and even benefit human medicine.May 29, 2018
How plants harvest their own chloroplasts - photosynthesis machines that make their food - to help defend against outside threats.May 7, 2018
The natural solar panels constantly grow and shrink in size to adjust to changes in their hosts' environments. Scientists want to tap into this energy source for biofuels and food purposes.February 21, 2018
Scientists have linked how water-dwelling bacteria monitor light wavelengths in their surroundings with their capacity to do photosynthesis. The research has medical/biofuels implications.February 15, 2018
The protein, which helps to construct peroxisomes, also interacts with chloroplasts and mitochondria. The organelles are important for generating and managing plant energy supplies.February 5, 2018
The fundamental protein complex potentially guards plants from high light and ageing effects. This new observation could change how we view photosynthesis.January 22, 2018
Scientists are studying how plants adapt to space environments. The NASA funded research aims to help us grow fresh produce beyond the planet Earth.December 19, 2017
A protein that helps plants prepare for the cold also helps them beef up for bacterial attacks, as a precautionary measure.December 7, 2017
The Nature Communications study shows how high temperature weakens plant defenses while, separately, strengthening bacterial attacks.November 27, 2017
A peek into the logistics of how bacterial nanofactories move electrons, towards creating chemical products. Future apps include renewable energy and medical tools.October 31, 2017
When engineers want to speed up a system, they look for the slowest steps and make them faster. In plants, this approach potentially does more harm than good, says the Kramer lab.October 10, 2017
The new family of proteins protects cyanobacteria from sunlight damage, and they are interesting for use in synthetic medical or renewable energy applications.October 2, 2017
By explaining a photosynthetic peculiarity in switchgrass, MSU researchers from the Walker lab may have unlocked even more of the plant’s potential.
Researchers from the Vermaas lab created a more efficient tool to solve the problem of ring piercings in molecular simulations. This work is published in Biomolecules.
Complicated sets of biological data can be challenging to extrapolate meaningful information from. Wanting to find a better way to look at this data led Berkley Walker, assistant professor at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, to team up with statistician and Assistant Professor Chih-Li Sung from the Department of Statistics and Probability.