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November 9, 2018
Dr. Roger Neil Beachy Ph.D., recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award
Dr. Roger Neil Beachy Ph.D., recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Roger Neil Beachy Ph.D., a Plant Pathology Alumni, was recognized with the Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni Award.

November 2, 2018
Be thankful for sweet potatoes
Be thankful for sweet potatoes

For many Americans, sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving side dish. For millions of others, however, it’s a staple crop that offers hope for a healthy future.

November 1, 2018
2018 Plant Biology Newsletter
2018 Plant Biology Newsletter

This year, the Department of Plant Biology (PLB) is undertaking a long-range planning exercise to assess the status and set the future goals of our research, training and outreach programs.

October 23, 2018
Jonathan Walton 1953-2018
Jonathan Walton 1953-2018

We are saddened that Jonathan Walton passed away on October 18, 2018 after a brief illness. 

October 10, 2018
MSU NETS $1.1M IN DOE GRANTS
MSU NETS $1.1M IN DOE GRANTS

The U.S. Department of Energy awarded nearly $1.1 million in grants to four Michigan State University faculty members

October 7, 2018
MSU aquatic ecologist lands grant to study phytoplankton traits
MSU aquatic ecologist lands grant to study phytoplankton traits

MSU aquatic ecologist Elena Litchman is leading a three-year, $993,000 project funded by the NSF Division of Environmental Biology to investigate and predict intraspecific trait variation in phytoplankton from four lakes in southwest Michigan.

September 24, 2018
MSU scientists get to the root of plant stress response
MSU scientists get to the root of plant stress response

MSU microbiologist Ashley Shade and plant biologist Sheng Yang He have been awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate how the microbiome interacts with, and may mediate, plant responses during environmental stress.

September 17, 2018
Berkley Walker joins PRL faculty
Berkley Walker joins PRL faculty

We are pleased to announce that Berkley Walker has joined the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory as a new faculty member.

September 4, 2018
[VIDEO] New biofuel production system powered by a community of algae and fungi
[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.

August 7, 2018
MSU plant biologist receives NSF grant to study natural defense in plants
MSU plant biologist receives NSF grant to study natural defense in plants

Michigan State University plant biologist Marjorie Weber is the lead investigator of a five-year, $1.1 million National Science Foundation Dimensions in Biodiversity grant (2018-2023) to study the evolutionary dynamics of bodyguard reward traits of wild grape plants.