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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.

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.