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May 17, 2018
A new DNA editing toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis
A new DNA editing toolkit for the alga Nannochloropsis

The alga Nannochloropsis is increasingly of interest for the production of biofuels and other oil-based chemicals. 

April 19, 2018
Christoph Benning wins 2018 MSU Innovator of the Year Award with John Ohlrogge
Christoph Benning wins 2018 MSU Innovator of the Year Award with John Ohlrogge

The two scientists were recognized by the MSU Innovation Center for their work on a gene switch that allows plants to accumulate seed oil.

April 16, 2018
NSF awards $2.5 million for MSU plant genome research project
NSF awards $2.5 million for MSU plant genome research project

MSU researchers received more than $2.5 million from the National Science Foundation for plant genome research that includes outreach work to create a children’s exhibit describing genes, heredity and the process of improving plant traits for agriculture.

April 10, 2018
MSU doctoral student Anna Groves awarded prestigious fellowship
MSU doctoral student Anna Groves awarded prestigious fellowship

Anna Groves, a Ph.D. candidate in the MSU Department of Plant Biology and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, & Behavior Program in the College of Natural Science, is a recipient of the highly competitive 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship for this summer.

March 15, 2018
MSU's Diane Ebert-May receives national award for excellence in ecology education
MSU's Diane Ebert-May receives national award for excellence in ecology education

Diane Ebert-May, MSU Distinguished Professor of plant biology, is the recipient of the 2018 Eugene P. Odum Award for Excellence in Ecology Education from the Ecological Society of America.

March 2, 2018
NatSci's Marjorie Weber named Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow
NatSci's Marjorie Weber named Ecological Society of America Early Career Fellow

Marjorie Weber, MSU plant biologist in the College of Natural Science, has been named a 2018 Early Career Fellow of the Ecological Society of America (ESA).

January 14, 2018
Switching roles: Flipped pathway in tomato "hairs" gives rise to new plant traits, biology approaches
Switching roles: Flipped pathway in tomato "hairs" gives rise to new plant traits, biology approaches

MSU researchers have documented a metabolic pathway event that happened during the past 3 million years, leading to the production of a new set of defensive acyl sugars in tomatoes and giving rise to new plant traits and biology approaches.

November 30, 2017
Jiming Jiang invested as an MSU Foundation Professor
Jiming Jiang invested as an MSU Foundation Professor

Michigan State University plant biologist Jiming Jiang was formally recognized as an MSU Foundation Professor on Nov. 29 at an investiture ceremony held at the Wharton Center.

October 16, 2017
Osei-Bonsu Wins Poster Award
Osei-Bonsu Wins Poster Award
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.