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Reflections from "Feed the Future" conference in Burkina Faso Reflections from "Feed the Future" conference in Burkina Faso

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 Tags: Kanazawa, green solutions, Kramer lab
Growing a garden in space Growing a garden in space

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 Tags: fundamental research, Brandizzi lab
Bethany Huot wins 2017 Kende award Bethany Huot wins 2017 Kende award

The award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the plant sciences at MSU from the previous two years.

December 12, 2017 Tags: awards, Montgomery lab, He lab
MSU 2017 team wins silver medal at synthetic biology competition MSU 2017 team wins silver medal at synthetic biology competition

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 Tags: Ducat lab, outreach, future scientists
How plants 'muscle up' as they prep for the cold How plants 'muscle up' as they prep for the cold

A protein that helps plants prepare for the cold also helps them beef up for bacterial attacks, as a precautionary measure.

December 7, 2017 Tags: fundamental research, Thomashow lab
Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table [VIDEO] Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table [VIDEO]

The Nature Communications study shows how high temperature weakens plant defenses while, separately, strengthening bacterial attacks.

November 27, 2017 Tags: He lab, fundamental research
Sheng Yang He and Gregg Howe named 2017 Highly Cited Researchers Sheng Yang He and Gregg Howe named 2017 Highly Cited Researchers

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 Tags: He lab, Howe lab, awards
How to build artificial nanofactories to power our futures: Logistics How to build artificial nanofactories to power our futures: Logistics

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 Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
Better together: a bacteria community creates biodegradable plastic with sunlight Better together: a bacteria community creates biodegradable plastic with sunlight

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 Tags: Ducat lab, green solutions
Grad student Isaac Osei-Bonsu wins conference award Grad student Isaac Osei-Bonsu wins conference award

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 Tags: Kramer lab, awards, future scientists
Taking the brakes off plant production: not so good after all Taking the brakes off plant production: not so good after all

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 Tags: Kanazawa, Kramer lab, fundamental research
PhotosynQ education focus: Sonya Lawrence [LINK] PhotosynQ education focus: Sonya Lawrence [LINK]

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 Tags: Kramer lab, future scientists, PhotosynQ
Beronda Montgomery named American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer [LINK] Beronda Montgomery named American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer [LINK]

The five lectures, taking place between 2017 and 2019, will focus on diverse research topics and also career cultivation.

October 6, 2017 Tags: Montgomery lab, outreach
Identifying a new family of light-responsive proteins Identifying a new family of light-responsive proteins

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 Tags: Kerfeld lab, Montgomery lab, fundamental research
Turning the evolutionary clock back on a light-sensitive protein Turning the evolutionary clock back on a light-sensitive protein

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 Tags: Lechno-Yossef, Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
Perspectives on building nanofactories for energy and medical uses Perspectives on building nanofactories for energy and medical uses

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 Tags: Ducat lab, green solutions
PhotosynQ at Feed the Future Conference in Burkina Faso [LINK] PhotosynQ at Feed the Future Conference in Burkina Faso [LINK]

“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 Tags: green solutions, Kanazawa, Kramer lab, PhotosynQ
Han Bao wins Gordon Research Conference award Han Bao wins Gordon Research Conference award

Her poster showcased a newly discovered family of light-sensitive proteins of interest for renewable energy and medical applications.

September 7, 2017 Tags: Kerfeld lab, future scientists, awards
Xiufang Xin starts PI position at the Chinese Academy of Sciences [LINK] Xiufang Xin starts PI position at the Chinese Academy of Sciences [LINK]

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 Tags: He lab, alumni, future scientists
Introducing PhotosynQ to Scientists in West Africa [LINK] Introducing PhotosynQ to Scientists in West Africa [LINK]

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 Tags: Kramer lab, green solutions, PhotosynQ

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Plants get stressed too. We're looking at thousands of genes to understand how they manage it. Plants get stressed too. We're looking at thousands of genes to understand how they manage it.

MSU scientists have developed a new gene discovery method that is helping them to understand how plants recover from stressful situations in their environments.

How do algae survive excess oxygen? Recent discovery gives clues to boost biofuel production How do algae survive excess oxygen? Recent discovery gives clues to boost biofuel production

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.

New limitations to photosynthesis discovered by observing plants in the real world New limitations to photosynthesis discovered by observing plants in the real world

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.