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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.

March 8, 2017
We are Glad You are Here
We are Glad You are Here
February 13, 2017
Growth-Defense Gene
Growth-Defense Gene

Grow or defend? One of the biggest decisions plants constantly make is whether to grow or defend, because they cannot do both optimally and at the same time. So they have evolved strategies that allocate resources toward one or the other function depending on their needs.

February 12, 2017
MSU Herbarium at Darwin Discovery Day 2017
MSU Herbarium at Darwin Discovery Day 2017

Stationed in MSU Museum’s Main Galleryin the Kids’ Zone hub and adjacent to Charles Darwin’s 207th Birthday cake, representatives of MSU Herbarium had a prime spot from which to share our love of all things both botanical and collectable.

February 7, 2017
Keeping MSU Green
Keeping MSU Green

The entire MSU campus is an arboretum containing over 48,000 trees and shrubs. The entire collection is used by many students and faculty to support teaching and research and also for outreach to the mid-Michigan community as well as for other institutions of higher education around the state, country and world. Some of our trees pre-date the establishment of the MSU campus, most were planted in the decades after its founding.

January 24, 2017
Investing in Cell Wall Growth
Investing in Cell Wall Growth

The Brandizzi and Sharkey labs have found that changes in methylated pectin content, a type of cell wall carbohydrate, affect how malleable plant cell walls are, which in turn highly influence plant growth and photosynthetic performance.

January 24, 2017
Poisonous Mushrooms
Poisonous Mushrooms

A team of Michigan State University scientists has genetically sequenced two species of poisonous mushrooms, discovering that they can theoretically produce billions of compounds through one molecular assembly line. This may open the door to efficiently tackling some lethal diseases.