There are 53 item(s) tagged with the keyword "fundamental research".
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- 1. Protecting photosynthesis from stalling: a 24-hr molecular hotline
The enzyme, G6PDH, diverts and pumps resources into the Calvin-Benson cycle at critical moments to keep the cycle active and, by extension, plants happy and healthy.
- By By Igor Houwat, Alyssa Preiser
- 2. A new rhomboid-like protein that helps plants produce lipids
Rhomboid-like proteins are found across a large number of organisms, like bacteria, flies, and humans. This is the first time such a protein – and how it influences lipid production and transport – has been studied in detail in plants.
- By By Igor Houwat, Anastasiya Lavell
- 3. Simpler & smaller: a new synthetic nanofactory inspired by nature
The genetically engineered shell is based on natural structures and the principles of protein evolution. Scientists see such structures as a source of new industrial or medical technologies.
- By By Igor Houwat, Bryan Ferlez, Sean McGuire; Banner image of synthetic shell by Markus Sutter
- 4. Our first look at a new light absorbing protein in cyanobacteria
The HCP2 protein is an ancestor of proteins that are known to protect against damage caused by excess light exposure. The study is the first of its kind to structurally and biophysically analyze a protein from the recently discovered HCP family.
- By By Igor Houwat, Maria Agustina Dominguez-Martin
- 5. Keeping plants nourished: the workings of a photosynthesis backup system
Plants use the shunt to quickly reboot the Calvin-Benson cycle, the crucial process that makes their food and nourishes the planet's food chain.
- By By Igor Houwat, Thomas D. Sharkey
- 6. [LINK] Brandizzi lab to study the effect of space flight on seeds
The goal is to help increase the nutritional value of plants grown in spaceflight. The seeds will be on NASA's Orion spacecraft, on its maiden voyage to the moon and back.
- By By NASA
- 7. New insights into plant cell organelle and molecule movement
New research reveals a protein, TGNap1, that supports the poorly-understood Trans-Golgi Network in structure, function, and motion. The study also provides evidence for microtubule-driven organelle movement, a new line of thought in plant science.
- By By Igor Houwat, Luciana Renna. Banner image by Rémi Walle
- 8. [LINK] How do you grow plants in space? Michigan State researchers are on the case
A Lansing State Journal story features Dr. Brandizzi, Evan Angelos, a fourth-year doctoral student, Starla Zemelis-Durfee, Brandizzi lab manager, and their research on how plants grow in and respond to stressful environments.
- By RJ Wolcott, Lansing State Journal
- 9. [VIDEO] How bacteria organize their factories, and what it means for a bioeconomy
MSU scientists report how cyanobacteria line up their CO2-fixing factories within them in a system that works like Velcro. The research is part of an effort to control and repurpose these factories to make products for human consumption.
- By By Igor Houwat, Danny Ducat
- 10. Overspending on defense arsenal bankrupts a plant's economy
Can plants defend and grow simultaneously? The answer could help us understand natural ecosystems or help farmers increase yields without increasing dependence on pesticides.
- By By Igor Houwat, Qiang Guo, Ian Major
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