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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.  

June 29, 2018
Keeping up with lipids on the move: a new molecular tracking method
Keeping up with lipids on the move: a new molecular tracking method

Scientists have created a new tracking methods for plant lipids. The approach could fill our knowledge gaps of lipid movement and help us improve yields in crops targeted for biofuels. 

June 19, 2018
Two plant cell 'hotspots' tell the cell where to import its resources
Two plant cell 'hotspots' tell the cell where to import its resources

The two proteins, called VAP, indicate where endocytosis, a form of transport in which living cells import molecules, should occur. 

June 12, 2018
Study shows how a gene helps plants manage their protein production in stressful times
Study shows how a gene helps plants manage their protein production in stressful times

The NPR1 gene keeps the unfolded protein response, a plant fail-safe for stressful times, in check.

June 6, 2018
Matt Kolp was awarded an MSU 2018 Excellence-in-Teaching Citations and has twice been a Future Academic Scholars in Teaching Fellow.
Matt Kolp was awarded an MSU 2018 Excellence-in-Teaching Citations and has twice been a Future Academic Scholars in Teaching Fellow.

Congratulations to Matt on a great story featuring his commitment to teaching and learning.

May 29, 2018
SPL1 protein plays a positive role in building plant cell peroxisomes
SPL1 protein plays a positive role in building plant cell peroxisomes

Understanding how the plant cell's food processors are built might help us breed better plants and even benefit human medicine.