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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 March 22, 2017

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

PhotosynQ helping Malawian farmers increase yields PhotosynQ helping Malawian farmers increase yields July 11, 2016

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. 

PhotosynQ's first workshop a success PhotosynQ's first workshop a success May 4, 2016

The Kramer Lab hosted its first PhotosynQ workshop on April 22, 2016, attended by university members and private companies. 

Cheryl Kerfeld featured in MSU President's 2015 Report Cheryl Kerfeld featured in MSU President's 2015 Report May 17, 2016

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.

Power Plants: Kramer lab featured in MSU President's 2016 Report

The video features PhotosynQ, a sophisticated scientific platform that measures plant health and productivity parameters in real time and in dynamic environmental conditions, outside of the lab. The technology is easy to use and inexpensive, making it possible for researchers, farmers, and plant experts around the world to connect and maximize big data for big solutions.

You can access the rest of the MSU President's 2016 Report, which includes videos and 360-degree, interactive environments that provide a closer look at the work the selected participants - including Mona Hanna-Attisha and Tom Izzo - are doing.

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