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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
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.

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 17, 2017
Wheat Virus Crosses Over
Wheat Virus Crosses Over

Once upon a time, it was thought that crop diseases affected only crops. New research shows, however, that a common wheat virus can spread and harm perennial native grasses.

December 22, 2016
Undergraduate Earns ABRCMS Award
Undergraduate Earns ABRCMS Award

PLB Undergraduate Akua (Nana) Acheampong won an award last month for her poster presentation in the Cell Biology session at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Tampa, Florida.

December 21, 2016
Highly Recognized Researchers
Highly Recognized Researchers

Seven Michigan State University faculty members have earned a spot on the Thomson Reuters highly cited researchers list for 2016.

December 8, 2016
Research Associate Earns Award to Advance Research
Research Associate Earns Award to Advance Research
November 1, 2016
The MSU Investiture 2016
The MSU Investiture 2016