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Sean McGuire awarded Undergraduate Research Fellowship Sean McGuire awarded Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The award from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, recognizes talented undergrads committed to pursuing a career in research.

December 12, 2016 Tags: Kerfeld lab, awards, future scientists
The highs and lows of scientific research The highs and lows of scientific research

An under the hood look at the science behind the He lab's latest discovery: the establishment of a connection between high humidity levels and bacterial plant disease.

December 5, 2016 Tags: He lab, future scientists, fundamental research
Just add water: New discovery in plant-disease mechanism Just add water: New discovery in plant-disease mechanism

New research from the He lab has found that too much rain, coupled with prolonged high levels of humidity, can result in more plant disease.

November 30, 2016 Tags: He lab, fundamental research
Adam Jordan joins VWR as Sales Associate Adam Jordan joins VWR as Sales Associate

The former Ducat lab's Research Tech will join a global leader in product and service solutions for labs and production industries.

November 21, 2016 Tags: Ducat lab, future scientists, alumni
Discovering what keeps cellular cargo on track Discovering what keeps cellular cargo on track

The Brandizzi lab have identified how plants’ largest cell factory moves to maintain vital functions, which could lead to advances in improving plant cells’ critical functions and growing better crops.

November 17, 2016 Tags: Brandizzi lab, fundamental research
Managing photosynthesis' traffic jams Managing photosynthesis' traffic jams

The Ducat lab has coaxed a lab-grown cyanobacteria to efficiently make and export sugar, a technique which could someday lead to greater biofuel production at lower cost.

November 10, 2016 Tags: Ducat lab, green solutions
Geoffry Davis wins ISPR presentation award Geoffry Davis wins ISPR presentation award

Geoffry Davis presented his findings at the 17th International Congress on Photosynthesis Research, held in Maastricht, the Netherlands.

November 7, 2016 Tags: Kramer lab, awards, future scientists
Joe Aung awarded a Pathway to Independence Award Joe Aung awarded a Pathway to Independence Award

The 2016 NIH award will provide up to $837,000 in funds towards researching how harmful bacteria infect plants.

October 27, 2016 Tags: He lab, awards, future scientists
He and Howe among most highly cited researchers in 2016 He and Howe among most highly cited researchers in 2016

Our plant defense specialists made the Highly Cited Researchers 2016 list, which represents some of the world’s most influential scientific minds. Click for the full list.

October 21, 2016 Tags: He lab, Howe lab
Undergrad researchers get a taste of graduate student life Undergrad researchers get a taste of graduate student life

The students participated in the Plant Genomics @ MSU REU program, which is part of a national endeavor providing undergrads with participatory research experiences at over 100 universities. 

October 11, 2016 Tags: Ducat lab, Montgomery lab, future scientists
In Remembrance: Dr. Kentaro Inoue (1968-2016) In Remembrance: Dr. Kentaro Inoue (1968-2016)

On August 31, 2016, the PRL lost a dear colleague and friend, when Kentaro Inoue was killed in a tragic accident as he rode his bicycle to work en route to the UC-Davis campus.

October 6, 2016 Tags: alumni
The dangers of overcharging your plants The dangers of overcharging your plants

Capturing light to produce energy is a dangerous business for plants. The Kramer lab has discovered one important reason why, in their search for ways to improve crop yields.

October 4, 2016 Tags: Kramer lab, fundamental research
'Dialing in the lipidome' 'Dialing in the lipidome'

In the ongoing quest for healthier lifestyles and environmental sustainability, one of the biggest solutions might also be one of the tiniest: lipids. Think biofuels, cancer research, or even producing fish oils in plants.

September 28, 2016 Tags: Benning lab, green solutions
Michael Thomashow named MSU Foundation Professor Michael Thomashow named MSU Foundation Professor

The title is designated for individuals who combine externally recognized and exemplary scholarly accomplishment. Consideration is also given to teaching innovation and excellence. Congratulations, Mike!

September 26, 2016 Tags: Thomashow lab, awards
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
Beronda Montgomery named MSU Foundation Professor Beronda Montgomery named MSU Foundation Professor

The title is designated for individuals who combine externally recognized and exemplary scholarly accomplishment. Consideration is also given to teaching innovation and excellence. Congratulations, Beronda!

September 19, 2016 Tags: Montgomery lab, awards
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
CoralspeQ Debut at International Coral Reef Symposium CoralspeQ Debut at International Coral Reef Symposium

Atsuko blogs on the debut of a PRL-built device that measures coral reef health. "If we continue the current practice of land-use, with no further pollution control, over-fishing & etc., coral reefs would disappear by 2070."

September 12, 2016 Tags: Kanazawa, Kramer lab, green solutions, PhotosynQ
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

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.