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Keeping up with lipids on the move: a new molecular tracking method Keeping up with lipids on the move: a new molecular tracking method

Scientists have created a new tracking method for plant lipids. The approach could fill our knowledge gaps of lipid movement and help us improve yields in crops targeted for biofuels.

June 29, 2018 Tags: Benning lab, fundamental research
Grad student, Alyssa Preiser, receives Barnett Rosenberg Assistantship Grad student, Alyssa Preiser, receives Barnett Rosenberg Assistantship

The award is for advances students with a distinguished record of accomplishment and provides a stipend of $30,000 plus health insurance and tuition waver for one year.

June 28, 2018 Tags: Sharkey lab, awards
Microbiologists and plant scientists find secret to tackling cholera [LINK] Microbiologists and plant scientists find secret to tackling cholera [LINK]

While cholera rages across many regions of the world, a team of microbiologists and plant scientists from the Benning lab has pinpointed a genetic weakness in the pandemic’s armor, which could lead to future treatments.

June 26, 2018 Tags: Benning lab, fundamental research
Gutter Ball XXIV: Lee Alexander wins bowling tournament Gutter Ball XXIV: Lee Alexander wins bowling tournament

Alexander, who works in the GLBRC Cell Wall Analysis Facility, won the coveted "Gutter Ball Champion" title.

June 21, 2018 Tags: outreach
Two plant cell 'hotspots' tell the cell where to import its resources Two plant cell 'hotspots' tell the cell where to import its resources

The two proteins, called VAP, indicate where endocytosis, a form of transport in which a living cell imports molecules, should occur.

June 19, 2018 Tags: Stefano, Brandizzi lab, fundamental research
PRL alumnus, Richard Vierstra, elected to National Academy of Sciences PRL alumnus, Richard Vierstra, elected to National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences, established under a congressional charter signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, recognizes achievement in science by election to membership.

June 18, 2018 Tags: awards
MSU hosts second Fascination of Plants Day MSU hosts second Fascination of Plants Day

PRL and MSU scientists invited the general public to explore the world of plants and algae, including fun hands-on activities for kids and adults.

June 13, 2018 Tags: outreach
Study shows how a gene helps plants manage their protein production in stressful times Study shows how a gene helps plants manage their protein production in stressful times

The NPR1 gene keeps the unfolded protein response, a plant fail-safe for stressful times, in check.

June 12, 2018 Tags: Brandizzi lab, fundamental research
2018 Anton Lang Memorial Award Winners Announced 2018 Anton Lang Memorial Award Winners Announced

Han Bao and Eric Poliner have won the 2018 Anton Lang Memorial Award.

June 11, 2018 Tags: Benning lab, Kerfeld lab, awards
Announcing the inaugural winners of the Keegstra and Thomashow 2018 Travel Award Announcing the inaugural winners of the Keegstra and Thomashow 2018 Travel Award

Pengfei Cao and Alyssa Preiser, both graduate students, were each awarded $1200 to present their research at upcoming science conferences.

June 7, 2018 Tags: Brandizzi lab, Sharkey lab, awards
Tina Dominguez-Martin awarded prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship Tina Dominguez-Martin awarded prestigious Marie Curie Fellowship

The award will provide up to $300,000 over three years to support the post-doc's research on marine cyanobacterial photoprotection.

May 31, 2018 Tags: Kerfeld lab, awards, future scientists
SPL1 protein plays a positive role in building plant cell peroxisomes SPL1 protein plays a positive role in building plant cell peroxisomes

Understanding how the plant cell's food processors are built might help us breed better plants and even benefit human medicine.

May 29, 2018 Tags: Hu lab, fundamental research
A new DNA editing toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis A new DNA editing toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis

The alga Nannochloropsis is increasingly of interest for the production of biofuels and other oil-based chemicals.

May 17, 2018 Tags: Benning lab, green solutions
PhD student, Aiko Turmo, awarded prestigious NSF fellowship PhD student, Aiko Turmo, awarded prestigious NSF fellowship

The fellowship is the oldest of its kind in the nation. Aiko will benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $34,000, a $12,000 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, and opportunities for career development.

May 15, 2018 Tags: Kerfeld lab, awards
When lipids meet hormones: plants' answer to complex stresses When lipids meet hormones: plants' answer to complex stresses

How plants harvest their own chloroplasts - photosynthesis machines that make their food - to help defend against outside threats.

May 7, 2018 Tags: Benning lab, future scientists, fundamental research
Yang Yang, PRL post-doc, starts science editor position at Wiley Beijing Yang Yang, PRL post-doc, starts science editor position at Wiley Beijing

Yang Yang, a former post-doc in the lab of Christoph Benning, has started a science editor position at the Wiley Beijing office. Wiley is a global company that specializes in academic publishing. 

April 30, 2018 Tags: Benning lab, future scientists
Christoph Benning wins 2018 MSU Innovator of the Year Award with John Ohlrogge Christoph Benning wins 2018 MSU Innovator of the Year Award with John Ohlrogge

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 Tags: Benning lab, awards
[LINK] He featured in Current Biology Q&A [LINK] He featured in Current Biology Q&A

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 Tags: He lab
Benning lab students win at 2018 ASPB Midwest Meeting Benning lab students win at 2018 ASPB Midwest Meeting

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 Tags: Benning lab, future scientists, awards
Anna Hurlock, recent PhD graduate, joins biotech company BioFire Diagnostics Anna Hurlock, recent PhD graduate, joins biotech company BioFire Diagnostics

Hurlock, formerly in the lab of Christoph Benning, joins the Utah-based biotech company as a Clinical Affairs Scientist.

March 5, 2018 Tags: future scientists, Benning lab

Top Stories

Recently discovered protein enhances understanding of photosynthesis Recently discovered protein enhances understanding of photosynthesis

MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) scientists have published a new study that furthers our understanding of how plants make membranes in chloroplasts, the photosynthesis powerhouse

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.