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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
Brandizzi Lab celebrates 10 years at MSU Brandizzi Lab celebrates 10 years at MSU

The lab researches critical plant production machinery that extends towards applications in such production areas as food, clothes, and precursors for biofuels.

May 31, 2016 Tags: Brandizzi lab
Brandizzi Lab awarded an NSF grant for corn research Brandizzi Lab awarded an NSF grant for corn research

The 3-year multi-institutional project will aim to study and improve how this important crop reacts to extreme environmental stressors such as heat, drought, or high salt content.

May 23, 2016 Tags: Brandizzi lab, awards
Cheryl Kerfeld featured in MSU President's 2015 Report Cheryl Kerfeld featured in MSU President's 2015 Report

The two-minute short is part of a series showcasing MSU's abilities in anticipating global challenges. Kerfeld's lab focuses on green energy sources and commodities through the bioengineering of microbes.

May 17, 2016 Tags: Kerfeld lab
Undergraduate Research Forum - Part 3/3: Michael Das Undergraduate Research Forum - Part 3/3: Michael Das

PRL undergraduates had a strong presence at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum that took place at the MSU Union on Friday, April 8. Part 3 of the series profiles Michael Das.

May 12, 2016 Tags: Howe lab, future scientists
Undergraduate Research Forum - Part 2/3: Donna Liebelt Undergraduate Research Forum - Part 2/3: Donna Liebelt

PRL undergraduates had a strong presence at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum that took place at the MSU Union on Friday, April 8. Part 2 of the series introduces Donna Liebelt.

May 6, 2016 Tags: Ducat lab, awards, future scientists

Top Stories

Why this promising biofuel crop takes a summer break Why this promising biofuel crop takes a summer break

By explaining a photosynthetic peculiarity in switchgrass, MSU researchers from the Walker lab may have unlocked even more of the plant’s potential.

Untying molecular knots: Making molecular simulations more efficient with LongBondEliminator Untying molecular knots: Making molecular simulations more efficient with LongBondEliminator

Researchers from the Vermaas lab created a more efficient tool to solve the problem of ring piercings in molecular simulations. This work is published in Biomolecules.

From colleagues to collaborators, a cross-department conversation links statistics to plant science From colleagues to collaborators, a cross-department conversation links statistics to plant science

Complicated sets of biological data can be challenging to extrapolate meaningful information from. Wanting to find a better way to look at this data led Berkley Walker, assistant professor at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, to team up with statistician and Assistant Professor Chih-Li Sung from the Department of Statistics and Probability.