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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
Faculty Voice - Christoph Benning: Facilitating Collaborations Faculty Voice - Christoph Benning: Facilitating Collaborations

The MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory Director reflects on his experience of fruitful multi-lab projects at MSU.

February 27, 2018 Tags: Benning lab, future scientists
Stress tested: how algae change their internal solar panels to stay alive Stress tested: how algae change their internal solar panels to stay alive

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 Tags: Benning lab, Kramer lab, fundamental research
How detecting light in the water affects how much food cyanobacteria get How detecting light in the water affects how much food cyanobacteria get

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 Tags: fundamental research, Montgomery lab
SP1 protein interacts with three energy-related cellular organelles SP1 protein interacts with three energy-related cellular organelles

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 Tags: Hu lab, fundamental research
Reviewing photosynthesis in dynamic conditions: Photosystem I as a guard Reviewing photosynthesis in dynamic conditions: Photosystem I as a guard

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 Tags: Froehlich, fundamental research
Reflections from "Feed the Future" conference in Burkina Faso Reflections from "Feed the Future" conference in Burkina Faso

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 Tags: Kanazawa, green solutions, Kramer lab
Growing a garden in space Growing a garden in space

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 Tags: fundamental research, Brandizzi lab
Bethany Huot wins 2017 Kende award Bethany Huot wins 2017 Kende award

The award recognizes the best doctoral dissertation in the plant sciences at MSU from the previous two years.

December 12, 2017 Tags: awards, Montgomery lab, He lab
MSU 2017 team wins silver medal at synthetic biology competition MSU 2017 team wins silver medal at synthetic biology competition

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 Tags: Ducat lab, outreach, future scientists
How plants 'muscle up' as they prep for the cold How plants 'muscle up' as they prep for the cold

A protein that helps plants prepare for the cold also helps them beef up for bacterial attacks, as a precautionary measure.

December 7, 2017 Tags: fundamental research, Thomashow lab
Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table [VIDEO] Fighting plant disease at warm temperatures keeps food on the table [VIDEO]

The Nature Communications study shows how high temperature weakens plant defenses while, separately, strengthening bacterial attacks.

November 27, 2017 Tags: He lab, fundamental research

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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.