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Squeezing oil out of plants and into your gas tank: it's hard.

When the Benning lab tried a technique for producing plant biofuels, an unexpected result led to an increase in our basic knowledge of plant biology.

How to build an artificial nano-factory to power our futures

The Kerfeld lab has analyzed over 200 sets of cyanobacteria DNA. This knowledge is getting us closer to understanding how to build synthetic factories that will someday produce green fuels or products used to diagnose diseases.

Bowling scores only a mom could love, records shattered at PRL bowling tourney

Eric Young wins big time, scoring an impressive 267 to take home the Gutter Ball XXIII trophy.

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MSU hosts first ever Fascination of Plants Day

MSU plant biologists invited the general public to explore the world of plants and algae in a celebration that took place alongside hundreds of others in over 50 countries.

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2017 Anton Lang Memorial Award Winners Announced

Clement Aussignargues and Joshua MacCready have won the 2017 Anton Lang Memorial Award.

Getting first prize at the UURAF: Our 3 winners tell us how

We interview Hope, Michael, and Cassie to find out what drew them to science, what makes them tick, and why they think they did well at the UURAF.

Growing pains and how that might affect seed quality

The Brandizzi lab is showing how extreme heat negatively impacts seed quality in plants targeted for producing biofuels.

Sheng Yang He reappointed as a Howard Hughes HHMI Investigator

A Howard Hughes Medical Institute – Gordon Betty Moore Foundation investigator since 2011, He has been reappointed as an HHMI investigator for a second term.

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Looking deeper into peroxisome proliferation

The Hu lab has identified a new protein that helps control how little cellular factories, called peroxisomes, divide and proliferate.

A thousand tales of plant defense

The He lab has completed an unprecedented study of over 1000 plant varieties to tease out their major defense systems against bacteria.

Gregg Howe awarded Fellow of ASPB Award

The American Society of Plant Biologists award recognizes distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology and service to the society.

Howe receives 2017 MSU Innovation Center Award

Dr. Gregg Howe has received the 2017 Innovation of the Year award for research that uncouples the antagonistic relationship between plant growth and defense.

Unpacking a new bacterial mini-factory

The new compartment, widely spread among different kinds of bacteria, might be reassembled to someday sustainably produce “green” chemicals, medicines, and renewable energy.

Montgomery, Thomashow invested as MSU Foundation Professors

The PRL's Beronda Montgomery and Michael Thomashow were honored as MSU Foundation Professors on March 23 at an investiture ceremony held at MSU’s Wharton Center.

From the lab to the world: solving big problems in agriculture and energy

Introducing MultispeQ, an affordable and sophisticated scientific instrument that measures plant health and photosynthetic parameters.

Power Plants: Kramer lab featured in MSU President's 2016 Report

The 90-second clip is part of a series showcasing MSU's abilities in anticipating global challenges. The Kramer lab focuses on understanding photosynthesis in real time and in dynamic environments.

Beronda Montgomery: Growing from adviser to mentor

"Mentoring is so much more than offering generic advice." Check out Beronda's take on MSU's Faculty Voice series. 

Montgomery Smith granted 2017 Excellence in Diversity Award

The Benning lab freshman has received an honorable mention in the "Students Making a Difference Through Artistic Expression" contest for her visual arts social issues series on Detroit.

Growth-defense gene pulls many strings in plant cell factories

The Brandizzi lab has demonstrated how one master gene fine-tunes how massive protein factories in plant cells allocate resources to growth and defense functions.

Investing in cell wall growth for improved photosynthesis

Changes in leaf cell wall make-up can dramatically affect how large or thick leaves grow. This knowledge may help improve how crops intercept light and exchange gas with the atmosphere.