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A new synthetic tool to make high-value terpene biomaterials in the lab

Terpenes are natural chemicals that are used in medicines, fragrances, and industrial chemicals. The newly developed tool can add bits of foreign protein to the middle of an isoprene enzyme sequence. Proof of concept work on one terpene enzyme increased its production speed by over 25%.

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Tags: green solutions, Sharkey lab By By Igor Houwat, Thomas D. Sharkey
Improving Photosynthesis: The Final Frontier? [LINK]

This long-from article details how our scientists are working to unlock the secrets of photosynthesis, an effort which might spur an agricultural revolution and lead to innovative energy and industrial technologies. The article appears in Futures, a magazine produced twice per year by Michigan State University AgBioResearch.

Tags: green solutions, fundamental research By By Igor Houwat, Christoph Benning
Taming electrons with bacteria parts and a little 'blood' - a new synthetic biology system [VIDEO]

When electrons move, they are the electricity that powers life. But they are hard to pin down. The newly engineered system could guide electron transfer over long distances, powering future applications in medicine or 'green' fuel production.

Tags: green solutions, Ducat lab By By Igor Houwat, Jingcheng Huang
[VIDEO] A new way to 'hoard' resources in nano-sized factories targeted for biotech

'Hoarding' resources in the same location encourages more efficient chemical reactions. Someday, we could use this system to enhance the production of rubber, biofuels, and other commodities.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, green solutions By By Igor Houwat, Bryan Ferlez
Harnessing synthetic biology to co-produce high-value terpenoid biomaterials and biofuel in plants

The new synthetic biology tools allow to produce both terpenoids and oil, a biofuel resource, in plant leaves.

Tags: Benning lab, green solutions By By Igor Houwat, Radin Sadre, Bjoern Hamberger; Banner image by Radin Sadre
New ways to control bacterial factories for future biotech uses

The new methods let scientists assemble the factories on demand and insert custom molecules inside them for further processing. The aim is to eventually design sustainable medical, industrial, or energy applications.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, green solutions By By Igor Houwat, Andrew Hagen, Jeff Plegaria, Bryan Ferlez; Banner image by Michigan State University Communications
[VIDEO] New biofuel production system powered by a community of algae and fungi

The system lowers cultivation and harvesting costs and increases productivity, factors that currently hold back biofuels from being widely adopted.

Tags: Benning lab, green solutions By By Igor Houwat, Zhi-Yan (Rock Du)
Scientists find new methods to control bacterial factories for biotech aims

The Kerfeld lab announces two new methods for manipulating bacterial factories for biotech aims: one is to screen and extract the factories, the other is to predictably insert custom enzymes in them.

Tags: Kerfeld lab, green solutions By By Igor Houwat, Andrew Hagen; Banner of cyanobacteria by MSU CABS
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.

Tags: Benning lab, green solutions By By Igor Houwat, Eric Poliner
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.

Tags: Kanazawa, green solutions, Kramer lab By By Atsuko Kanazawa, Igor Houwat, Cynthia Donovan; Banner Image by Atsuko Kanazawa

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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.