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Harnessing synthetic biology to co-produce high-value terpenoid biomaterials and biofuel in plants
February 19, 2019
Harnessing synthetic biology to co-produce high-value terpenoid biomaterials and biofuel in plants

Michigan State University scientists have developed synthetic biology tools to co-produce high-value compounds in plants.

From duckweed to sequoias: MSU herbarium preserves diversity of plant life
December 13, 2018
From duckweed to sequoias: MSU herbarium preserves diversity of plant life

For more than 150 years, the Michigan State University Herbarium has been preserving and classifying plant life ranging from the tiniest specimens to the giants of the plant kingdom.

Dr. Roger Neil Beachy Ph.D., recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award
November 9, 2018
Dr. Roger Neil Beachy Ph.D., recognized with the Distinguished Alumni Award

Dr. Roger Neil Beachy Ph.D., a Plant Pathology Alumni, was recognized with the Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Carolyn Malmstrom and her group received exploratory grants from the DOE Biological and Environmental Research program
January 11, 2019
Carolyn Malmstrom and her group received exploratory grants from the DOE Biological and Environmental Research program

Carolyn Malmstrom and her group received exploratory grants from the DOE Biological and Environmental Research program as part of a collaborative effort to understand how climate change affects the capacity of soils to remove carbon from the atmosphere and retain enough nutrients for food production. 

Machine Learning Unlocks Plants' Secrets
February 13, 2019
Machine Learning Unlocks Plants' Secrets

Plants are master chemists, and Michigan State University researchers have unlocked their secret of producing specialized metabolites. 

Berkley Walker: Beneath the Ski Mask
February 13, 2019
Berkley Walker: Beneath the Ski Mask

Berkley Walker is an assistant professor in the Department of Plant Biology and the Plant Research Laboratory in the College of Natural Science.

New insights into plant cell organelle and molecule movement
January 29, 2019
New insights into plant cell organelle and molecule movement

Michigan State University scientists have identified a new protein, called TGNap1 (TGN associated protein 1), that they found at a poorly understood plant cell organelle, the Trans-Golgi Network (TGN).

SER Awards Research Medals
January 17, 2019
SER Awards Research Medals

Emily Grman has won the Bradshaw Medal for her 2015 Restoration Ecology paper (https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/rec.12271).

Three MSU individuals named AAAS fellows
November 27, 2018
Three MSU individuals named AAAS fellows

Two Michigan State University researchers and a university communicator have been named Fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This national recognition is awarded to individuals for their efforts to advance science or its applications.

NatSci alum, staffer receive 2018 Grand Awards honors
November 13, 2018
NatSci alum, staffer receive 2018 Grand Awards honors

A NatSci alum and department staffer were among the slate of 11 impressive Spartans recently honored at the 2018 Grand Awards Gala, which recognizes the best of the best MSU Spartans— those making an impact in their companies, communities, and at Michigan State University.

[VIDEO] How bacteria organize their factories, and what it means for a bioeconomy
December 6, 2018
[VIDEO] How bacteria organize their factories, and what it means for a bioeconomy

MSU scientists report how cyanobacteria line up their CO2-fixing factories within them in a system that works like Velcro. The research is part of an effort to control and repurpose these factories to make products for human consumption.

Osei-Bonsu Wins Poster Award
October 16, 2017
Osei-Bonsu Wins Poster Award
Jiang Recognized as MSU Foundation Professor
November 29, 2017
Jiang Recognized as MSU Foundation Professor
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.

$1.1M DOE Grant Will Help Beef Up Biofuels
September 29, 2017
$1.1M DOE Grant Will Help Beef Up Biofuels
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 plant biologist receives NSF grant to study natural defense in plants
August 7, 2018
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.  

MSU scientists get to the root of plant stress response
September 24, 2018
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.

MSU aquatic ecologist lands grant to study phytoplankton traits
October 7, 2018
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.

Be thankful for sweet potatoes
November 2, 2018
Be thankful for sweet potatoes

For many Americans, sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving side dish. For millions of others, however, it’s a staple crop that offers hope for a healthy future.