These algae can live inside fungi. It could be how land plants first evolved.
July 17, 2019

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.

Before our very eyes: Species rarity and extinction in Michigan's Kalamazoo County
May 6, 2019

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).

Lowry awarded NSF grant to explore tradeoffs for resource allocation in plant growth and defense
July 9, 2019

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).

By Jyothi Kumar
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 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

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

Lars Brudvig awarded NSF grant to study community diversity by understanding the strength, duration, and stability of connectivity effects
July 16, 2019

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.

By Jyothi Kumar
MSU faculty recognized with University Distinguished Professor title
July 9, 2019

Robin Buell and Christoph Benning are among the recipients of the university’s highest faculty honor.

Plant Biology graduate student John Tran awarded Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Endowed Scholarship from MSU
June 25, 2019

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.

By Jyothi Kumar
Third Fascination of Plants Day at MSU: Arts Go Green increases community reach
June 3, 2019

Michigan State University plant biologists hosted the third Fascination of Plants Day @ MSU on Saturday, May 18th at the MSU Broad Art Lab and the East Lansing Art Festival.

Plant Biology graduate student Christopher Warneke awarded NSF internship
April 23, 2019

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.

MSU earns 2019 Tree Campus USA Award
April 23, 2019

2018 marks the second year in a row that MSU has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation as a Tree Campus USA institution.

Barb Sears receives Faculty Emeriti Association award
April 30, 2019

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."

Explore the Science and Art of Plants at Third Annual Fascination of Plants Day at MSU: Arts Go Green
April 9, 2019

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.

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

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

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., a Plant Pathology Alumni, was recognized with the Michigan State University Distinguished Alumni Award.

Berkley Walker: Beneath the Ski Mask
February 13, 2019

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

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

Emily Grman has won the Bradshaw Medal for her 2015 Restoration Ecology paper (

Three MSU individuals named AAAS fellows
November 27, 2018

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.