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October 16, 2017
Mold Samples Could Reveal
Mold Samples Could Reveal

The German Criminology Collection contains books from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century. Bexx Caswell-Olson, Special Collections Conservator, started her investigation by reaching out to an expert on campus, Dr. Frances Trail, who is a Professor of Plant Biology and specializes in studying microfungi. Trail was immediately intrigued, “Microfungi fascinate me, so wherever I can find them, I will be glad to explore and sample.

October 10, 2017
MSU Names Five Foundation Professors
MSU Names Five Foundation Professors
September 18, 2017
$10M DOE Grant
$10M DOE Grant

Current seed-oil based bioproduction relies heavily on food crop species, such as soybean, sunflower and canola oil,” said Danny Schnell, MSU plant biologist and grant coordinator. “Camelina doesn’t require as much water as these crops, it grows quicker and it has a higher resistance to pest and disease. By focusing on some key genetic control points, we’re hoping to unlock the relationship between carbon capture and increasing oil and seed production.

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