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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
Alumni spotlight: Jianping Yu behind a major innovation Alumni spotlight: Jianping Yu behind a major innovation

Dr. Yu, an assistant professor from 2002-2005, is currently at the nation's only federal lab dedicated to renewable energy. His work is opening doors to algae creating a new chemical - usually extracted from oil.

July 14, 2016 Tags: alumni
PhotosynQ helping Malawian farmers increase yields PhotosynQ helping Malawian farmers increase yields

A fascinating collaboration has developed between the Kramer lab and local partners to improve land management practices in one of the poorest nations on the planet. 

July 11, 2016 Tags: Kramer lab, PhotosynQ, green solutions
Federica Brandizzi: behind the scientist Federica Brandizzi: behind the scientist

What makes Federica Brandizzi tick? What inspired her to study plants? Why did she leave Italy, breaking a family tradition of living in Rome for more generations than she can count? Find out.

July 5, 2016 Tags: Brandizzi lab
Enhancing the value of biofuel crops with plant-based oils Enhancing the value of biofuel crops with plant-based oils

Advances in synthetic biology are allowing Christoph Benning and his collaborators at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center to coax plants into producing more oils and valuable compounds. 

June 24, 2016 Tags: Benning lab, green solutions
'Road testing' plants reveals photosynthesis secrets 'Road testing' plants reveals photosynthesis secrets

The Kramer lab has published an article on groundbreaking technology that reveals the hidden workings of photosynthesis in living plants.

June 23, 2016 Tags: Kramer lab, fundamental research
Sushi and science: creating a student community of minds Sushi and science: creating a student community of minds

Bethany Huot, a PhD student at the PRL, realized that science is best done in supportive and active communities. So she created The Pub Club, a successful student-driven collective.

June 21, 2016 Tags: He lab, Montgomery lab, future scientists
Hu co-authors paper on the regulation of plant stress response Hu co-authors paper on the regulation of plant stress response

The collaboration between Jianping Hu and Spanish researchers examines how peroxisomes and subcellular organelles detect and regulate the environmental stress response in plants.

June 10, 2016 Tags: Hu lab, fundamental research

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Photon to plate: How increasing the photosynthetic efficiency of potatoes could lead to a greener future Photon to plate: How increasing the photosynthetic efficiency of potatoes could lead to a greener future

Improving the photosynthetic power-plants in crops could mean using less fossil fuel derived energy supplements in crop cultivation and lead to a second Green Revolution, a new life-cycle assessment (LCA) from the Walker lab at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL), finds.

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.