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Kramer lab's CoralspeQ featured in Nature magazine Kramer lab's CoralspeQ featured in Nature magazine

The technology is featured alongside various new tools that are transforming marine science, as researchers rush to understand how coral reefs are affected by overfishing, pollution, global warming and ocean acidification.

September 22, 2016 Tags: Kanazawa, green solutions, Kramer lab, PhotosynQ
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
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
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
Montgomery publishes on light harvesting efficiency Montgomery publishes on light harvesting efficiency

This fundamental photosynthesis research focuses on one cyanobacteria species in changing light environments. 

June 7, 2016 Tags: Montgomery lab, fundamental research

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Plant "ER": Advanced genomics illuminate new mechanisms for stress mitigation Plant "ER": Advanced genomics illuminate new mechanisms for stress mitigation

As our planet’s climate continues to be unpredictable, understanding how plants respond to adverse environmental conditions becomes essential. Improving crop productivity will be vital to feed the nine billion people estimated to be alive in 2050.

2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced 2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award winners announced

Grad student Philip Engelgau and postdoc Peipei Wang have been awarded the 2022 Anton Lang Memorial Award at a ceremony which took place on Monday, April 25, 2022. This year’s lecture was given by Professor Emeritus Govindjee from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Building 'nanofactories' to help make medicines and more [LINK] Building 'nanofactories' to help make medicines and more [LINK]

Spartan research in the lab of Cheryl Kerfeld could lead to efficient, low-cost chemical reactions for valuable products with help from teensy compartments made by bacteria.