Atsuko Kanazawa reflects on collaborative projects in West Africa that contribute to local food security, like identifying drought-resistant beans or supporting women-run experimental farms.January 15, 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
The award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the plant sciences at MSU from the previous two years.December 12, 2017
MSU’s second-ever iGEM team earned a Silver Medal for a new technology that can detect dangerous contaminants in the environment.December 11, 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
Their research ranks among the top 1% most cited works in their fields during the year of publication. He and Howe have made the list three years in a row.November 16, 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
The cooperative works like an assembly line and is relatively cheap to run. Future products could include medicine, even food for Martian outposts.October 23, 2017
The Department of Plant Biology student won for his poster presentation on research to improve photosynthetic performance in heat-sensitive cowpea crops.October 12, 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
This post highlights how the Instructor in the Biological Sciences Program at MSU has been incorporating PhotosynQ into her courses since 2014.October 9, 2017
The five lectures, taking place between 2017 and 2019, will focus on diverse research topics and also career cultivation.October 6, 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
Scientists show how the two OCP parts interact and also create new synthetic versions of that protein. The goal is to use it in synthetic healthcare systems, powered by light.September 19, 2017
Scientists are learning how bacterial nanofactories are constructed in nature. Recent experiments show we could engineer their building blocks into new structures, for useful applications.September 12, 2017
“Feed the Future," funded by USAID, engages universities, institutions, and private organizations in the US, Africa, and Central/South America to improve legume management on local farms.September 11, 2017
Her poster showcased a newly discovered family of light-sensitive proteins of interest for renewable energy and medical applications.September 7, 2017
The former He lab post-doc joins the Institute of Plant Physiology and Ecology. She studies plant-microbe interactions and how plants control a healthy microbiome.August 31, 2017
A blog post by Dan TerAvest on a workshop with researchers from across West Africa in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, with support from the McKnight Foundation.August 30, 2017
MSU scientists have developed a new gene discovery method that is helping them to understand how plants recover from stressful situations in their environments.
A new study from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) shows how some algae can protect themselves when the oxygen they produce impairs their photosynthetic activity. The discovery also answers a long-standing question about how algae survive when CO2 levels are low.
Using innovative methodologies that combine biology and statistics, researchers from the Kramer lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) observe the ways plants respond to their natural environments.