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April 20, 2017
Thousand Tales of Plant Defense
Thousand Tales of Plant Defense

André Velasquez and Matt Oney wanted to find out how many types of defenses a plant could muster against harmful bacteria. . . So, André, Matt, and their mentor, Sheng Yang He, examined over 1000 natural variations of one plant – found in places ranging from Europe to Western Asia – and dipped them into pots full of harmful bacteria to see who would make it through unscathed.

April 20, 2017
Acheampong Earns UURAF Award
Acheampong Earns UURAF Award

Plant Biology senior undergraduate Akua (Nana) Acheampong won a first-place award for her oral presentation at the 19th annual MSU University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum (UURAF) in the Biochemical & Molecular Biology category. In her talk entitled, “Investigating Analogous Functions of Cyanobacterial MinC and Arabidopsis ARC3 in Cell and Chloroplast Division,” Nana described the research she has been conducting in the laboratory of Dr. Katherine Osteryoung under the mentorship of postdoc Katie Porter.

April 15, 2017
MSU Science Festival - a Success
MSU Science Festival - a Success
April 6, 2017
Groves Receives ESA Award
Groves Receives ESA Award

Anna Groves, a Ph.D. student in the Department of Plant Biology and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior (EEBB) program in the MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci), is one of only six graduate students nationally to receive a 2017 Graduate Student Policy Award (GSPA) from the Ecological Society of America.

This prestigious award provides graduate students with the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., for policy experience and training in their fields of study.

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