The two scientists were recognized by the MSU Innovation Center for their work on a gene switch that allows plants to accumulate seed oil.April 23, 2018
Find out what drew Sheng Yang He to plant biology, how he got into researching plant disease, and what he would have become had he not made it as a scientist.April 16, 2018
Nick Fekaris and Tomomi Takeuchi, from the Benning lab, have won for presenting their research at the 2018 Annual Meeting - Midwestern Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists.April 4, 2018
Hurlock, formerly in the lab of Christoph Benning, joins the Utah-based biotech company as a Clinical Affairs Scientist.March 5, 2018
The MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory Director reflects on his experience of fruitful multi-lab projects at MSU.February 27, 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
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
Graduate student Hannah Parks and postdoctoral researcher María Santos Merino have been awarded the 2023 Anton Lang Memorial Awards at a ceremony which took place on Monday, April 24, 2023. This year’s lecture was given by University Distinguished Professor Thomas D. Sharkey from Michigan State University.
Found in acidic volcanic hot springs, the extremophilic alga Cyanidioschyzon merolae contains a unique process that allows them to survive in extreme environments. Researchers, led by graduate student Anne Steensma from the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, are looking at this process and its potential to change how we understand the ways photosynthetic organisms adapt to environmental challenges like high temperatures.
By explaining a photosynthetic peculiarity in switchgrass, MSU researchers from the Walker lab may have unlocked even more of the plant’s potential.