Lars Brudvig and his collaborators demonstrate that maintaining connectivity in fragmented pine savannah habitat patches is critical to recovering biodiversity in their article in Science this week, “Ongoing accumulation of plant diversity through habitat connectivity in an 18-year experiment”.
Michigan State University (MSU)’s IMPACTS — Integrated Training Model in Plant and Computational Sciences — program brings together graduate students studying plant sciences and computer sciences to brainstorm global agricultural solutions.
Lars Brudvig was awarded a 5 year $600,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how landscape connectivity affects the diversity and stability of plant communities over decades.
Emily Josephs, Assistant Professor working on plant evolutionary genetics in the Department of Plant Biology, is part of a collaborative team that was awarded a $4 million 5-year NSF Plant Genome Research Program grant to investigate the role of transposable elements in maize (corn) variation.
David Lowry has been awarded a three-year grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Ecological Physiology program, part of the Integrative Organismal Systems (IOS) division of Biological Sciences (BIO).
Michigan State University plant biologist Frances Trail, is a key member of an exceptional team of three scientists to recently receive a 5-year, $4 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grant Program (R01) to study fungal evolution.
New research from Michigan State University, and published in the journal eLife, presents evidence that algae could have piggybacked on fungi to leave the water and to colonize the land, over 500 million years ago.
Hairy beardtongue, long-headed coneflower, and slender mountain mint (see above) are just three of the many native plant species that have disappeared from Kalamazoo County, Mich., since the late 1890s, according to Meredith Zettlemoyer, a doctoral candidate in the MSU College of Natural Science’s Department of Plant Biology and a member of evolutionary ecologist Jennifer Lau’s lab at the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS).
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.
Plants are master chemists, and Michigan State University researchers have unlocked their secret of producing specialized metabolites.
Robin Buell and Christoph Benning are among the recipients of the university’s highest faculty honor.
John Tran, a fifth year Plant Biology Ph.D. student with Curtis Wilkerson's group, has been awarded the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Endowed Scholarship from MSU.
Christopher Warneke, a fourth year Plant Biology Ph.D. student with Lars Brudvig's group, has been awarded an internship from the National Science Foundation, through the INTERN program.
2018 marks the second year in a row that MSU has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA institution.
Dr. Barbara B. Sears, an MSU Faculty Emerita retired from the Department of Plant Biology, has been awarded the 2019 MSU Faculty Emeriti Association Award for "Outstanding Contributions by an Individual."
MSU hosts the 3rd annual Fascination of Plants Day at MSU. This year, plant sciences meet the arts in a collaboration between MSU plant scientists, the Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, and the East Lansing Art Festival.