News

[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.

[LINK] Federica Brandizzi named AAAS fellow

The American Association for the Advancement of Science has recognized Dr. Brandizzi for her work on the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus, organelles pivotal to food production in plant cells.

[LINK] Cheryl Kerfeld: Inspired by nature

Cheryl Kerfeld is the Hannah Distinguished Professor of Structural Bioengineering in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory.

Tags: Kerfeld lab
New ways to control bacterial factories for future biotech uses

The new methods let scientists assemble the factories on demand and insert custom molecules inside them for further processing. The aim is to eventually design sustainable medical, industrial, or energy applications.

Christian Danve Castroverde wins NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship

Castroverde, a post-doc in the He lab who researches how climate conditions influence plant defense responses, has won a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Tags: He lab awards
Jonathan Walton 1953-2018

We are saddened that Jonathan Walton passed away on October 18, 2018 after a brief illness.

Tags: Walton lab
Overspending on defense arsenal bankrupts a plant's economy

Can plants defend and grow simultaneously? The answer could help us understand natural ecosystems or help farmers increase yields without increasing dependence on pesticides.

Plants, put in the dark, reveal over 100 active peroxisome proteins

A new study identifies 111 peroxisomal proteins, including six newly identified ones, in dark-treated plants. It is part of an effort to fully map the functions of plant peroxisomes.

Stressed plant roots warn the rest of the plant of looming dangers

When facing drought or heat stress, roots are advance scouts that warn the rest of the plant to prepare for the big 'hit.'

Blazes of light reveal how plants signal danger over long distances

A multi-university study reveals how plant communication systems respond to threats from herbivores. Once wounded, plants use calcium signals to warn distant tissues of future attacks.

Koichi Sugimoto joins Yamaguchi University, Japan, as Assistant Professor

The recent PRL alumnus from the Howe lab will train students, maintain facilities, and teach classes on analytical chemistry and lab equipment usage.

Berkley Walker joins PRL faculty

Dr. Walker is a broadly-trained biochemist and biologist who focuses on resolving photosynthetic fluxes from cellular to canopy scales.

Tags: Walker lab
As climate changes, plants might not suck carbon from the air fast enough

Atmospheric scientists factor lesser known photosynthesis research into their models. The result: carbon levels in the air could be much higher by 2100 than previously predicted.

Kyaw (Joe) Aung joins Iowa State University as an Assistant Professor

The freshly minted PRL alumnus, a former member of the Hu and He labs, will explore how pathogenic microbes manipulate plant communication systems to their advantage.

[VIDEO] New biofuel production system powered by a community of algae and fungi

The system lowers cultivation and harvesting costs and increases productivity, factors that currently hold back biofuels from being widely adopted.

Scientists find new methods to control bacterial factories for biotech aims

The Kerfeld lab announces two new methods for manipulating bacterial factories for biotech aims: one is to screen and extract the factories, the other is to predictably insert custom enzymes in them.

Keeping up with lipids on the move: a new molecular tracking method

Scientists have created a new tracking method for plant lipids. The approach could fill our knowledge gaps of lipid movement and help us improve yields in crops targeted for biofuels.

Grad student, Alyssa Preiser, receives Barnett Rosenberg Assistantship

The award is for advances students with a distinguished record of accomplishment and provides a stipend of $30,000 plus health insurance and tuition waver for one year.

Microbiologists and plant scientists find secret to tackling cholera [LINK]

While cholera rages across many regions of the world, a team of microbiologists and plant scientists from the Benning lab has pinpointed a genetic weakness in the pandemic’s armor, which could lead to future treatments.

Gutter Ball XXIV: Lee Alexander wins bowling tournament

Alexander, who works in the GLBRC Cell Wall Analysis Facility, won the coveted "Gutter Ball Champion" title.

Tags: outreach