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The ref and the fighter: two sides of plant defense The ref and the fighter: two sides of plant defense

The Howe lab delves into how defense genes do more than just fight. They also tangle with growth functions.

July 5, 2017 Tags: Howe lab, fundamental research
Thomas Sharkey joins the PRL Thomas Sharkey joins the PRL

The MSU Distinguished Professor studies the biochemistry and biophysics that determine the exchange of gases between the biosphere and the atmosphere.

July 3, 2017 Tags: Sharkey lab, future scientists
[VIDEO] Our first ever look at bacterial organelle shells [VIDEO] Our first ever look at bacterial organelle shells

In a new Science publication, The Kerfeld lab show us the details of bacterial organelle shells for the first time ever, making it easier to target them for medical or renewable energy applications. 

June 23, 2017 Tags: Kerfeld lab, green solutions
Squeezing oil out of plants and into your gas tank: it's hard. Squeezing oil out of plants and into your gas tank: it's hard.

When the Benning lab tried a technique for producing plant biofuels, an unexpected result led to an increase in our basic knowledge of plant biology.

June 20, 2017 Tags: Benning lab, green solutions
How to build an artificial nano-factory to power our futures How to build an artificial nano-factory to power our futures

The Kerfeld lab has analyzed over 200 sets of cyanobacteria DNA. This knowledge is getting us closer to understanding how to build synthetic factories that will someday produce green fuels or products used to diagnose diseases.

June 14, 2017 Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
Bowling scores only a mom could love, records shattered at PRL bowling tourney Bowling scores only a mom could love, records shattered at PRL bowling tourney

Eric Young wins big time, scoring an impressive 267 to take home the Gutter Ball XXIII trophy.

May 31, 2017 Tags: outreach
MSU hosts first ever Fascination of Plants Day MSU hosts first ever Fascination of Plants Day

MSU plant biologists invited the general public to explore the world of plants and algae in a celebration that took place alongside hundreds of others in over 50 countries.

May 30, 2017 Tags: outreach
2017 Anton Lang Memorial Award Winners Announced 2017 Anton Lang Memorial Award Winners Announced

Clement Aussignargues and Joshua MacCready have won the 2017 Anton Lang Memorial Award.

May 26, 2017 Tags: Kerfeld lab, Ducat lab, awards, future scientists
Getting first prize at the UURAF: Our 3 winners tell us how Getting first prize at the UURAF: Our 3 winners tell us how

We interview Hope, Michael, and Cassie to find out what drew them to science, what makes them tick, and why they think they did well at the UURAF.

May 24, 2017 Tags: Kerfeld lab, Benning lab, Howe lab, future scientists
Growing pains and how that might affect seed quality Growing pains and how that might affect seed quality

The Brandizzi lab is showing how extreme heat negatively impacts seed quality in plants targeted for producing biofuels.

May 16, 2017 Tags: Kim, Brandizzi lab, fundamental research
Sheng Yang He reappointed as a Howard Hughes HHMI Investigator Sheng Yang He re-appointed as a Howard Hughes HHMI Investigator

A Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Gordon Betty Moore Foundation investigator since 2011, He has been reappointed as an HHMI investigator for a second term.

May 9, 2017 Tags: He lab, awards
Looking deeper into peroxisome proliferation Looking deeper into peroxisome proliferation

The Hu lab has identified a new protein that helps control how little cellular factories, called peroxisomes, divide and proliferate.

May 2, 2017 Tags: Hu lab, fundamental research
A thousand tales of plant defense A thousand tales of plant defense

The He lab has completed an unprecedented study of over 1000 plant varieties to tease out their major defense systems against bacteria.

April 25, 2017 Tags: He lab, fundamental research
Gregg Howe awarded Fellow of ASPB Award Gregg Howe awarded Fellow of ASPB Award

The American Society of Plant Biologists award recognizes distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology and service to the society.

April 18, 2017 Tags: Howe lab, awards
Howe receives 2017 MSU Innovation Center Award Howe receives 2017 MSU Innovation Center Award

Dr. Gregg Howe has received the 2017 Innovation of the Year award for research that uncouples the antagonistic relationship between plant growth and defense.

April 13, 2017 Tags: Howe lab, awards
Unpacking a new bacterial mini-factory Unpacking a new bacterial mini-factory

The new compartment, widely spread among different kinds of bacteria, might be reassembled to someday sustainably produce “green” chemicals, medicines, and renewable energy.

March 30, 2017 Tags: Kerfeld lab, fundamental research
From the lab to the world: solving big problems in agriculture and energy From the lab to the world: solving big problems in agriculture and energy

Introducing MultispeQ, an affordable and sophisticated scientific instrument that measures plant health and photosynthetic parameters.

March 22, 2017 Tags: Kramer lab, PhotosynQ, green solutions
Power Plants: Kramer lab featured in MSU President's 2016 Report Power Plants: Kramer lab featured in MSU President's 2016 Report

The 90-second clip is part of a series showcasing MSU's abilities in anticipating global challenges. The Kramer lab focuses on understanding photosynthesis in real time and in dynamic environments.

March 16, 2017 Tags: Kramer lab, green solutions, PhotosynQ
Beronda Montgomery: Growing from adviser to mentor Beronda Montgomery: Growing from adviser to mentor

"Mentoring is so much more than offering generic advice." Check out Beronda's take on MSU's Faculty Voice series. 

March 13, 2017 Tags: Montgomery lab, future scientists
Montgomery Smith granted 2017 Excellence in Diversity Award Montgomery Smith granted 2017 Excellence in Diversity Award

The Benning lab freshman has received an honorable mention in the "Students Making a Difference Through Artistic Expression" contest for her visual arts social issues series on Detroit.

February 17, 2017 Tags: Benning lab, awards, future scientists

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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.