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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June 19, 2015
Fall Seminar Course on Biotechnology, Synthetic Biology and Metabolic Engineering
Christoph Benning wins 2018 MSU Innovator of the Year Award with John Ohlrogge
April 19, 2018
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.

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

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

Osei-Bonsu Wins Poster Award
October 16, 2017
Osei-Bonsu Wins Poster Award
Jiming Jiang invested as an MSU Foundation Professor
November 30, 2017
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.

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

Acheampong Earns UURAF Award
April 20, 2017
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.

2016-2017 F.A.S.T. Fellows
April 14, 2016
2016-2017 F.A.S.T. Fellows

Congratulations to PLB Grad Assistants on FAST Awards - Kolp, Tran, and Scharnagl

The MSU Investiture 2016
November 1, 2016
The MSU Investiture 2016
February 27, 2015
C. ROBIN BUELL; William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award
Science Friday with Telewski & Lenski
January 6, 2017
Science Friday with Telewski & Lenski