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How do plants survive drought?


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PRI Faculty Gregg Howe named to the 2022 Highly Cited Researchers List

Gregg A. Howe has been recognized as being among the world’s most influential scientists thanks to his papers’ usefulness to other researchers in their fields. He is among 11 MSU scientists named to the 2022 Highly Cited Researchers List compiled by Clarivate Analytics.



Dr. Sue Rhee will be the next director of the PRI

We have big news to share! This summer, Dr. Sue Rhee will join Michigan State University as the director of its Plant Resilience Institute and as an MSU Foundation Professor in the departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, and Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences. 


MSU receives $590K USDA grant for corn tar spot resistance research

The team led by Addie Thompson has received more than $590,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture to study resistance to tar spot, a devastating corn disease.


A 'pilot light' for photosynthesis

Plant Resilience Institute Interim Director Thomas D. Sharkey has a gift for exploring the intricate biochemical mechanisms of photosynthesis, the life-sustaining reactions that plants use to grow literally from thin air.


A growing world population, coupled with on-going and anticipated climate change, demands accelerated improvements in agricultural productivity. As the pioneer land grant university, Michigan State University has been an international leader in plant science research for the last 50 years. This continues today with the establishment in 2016 of the Plant Resilience Institute (PRI) as part of Michigan State University’s Global Impact Initiative that has a goal of hiring 100 new faculty to accelerate discovery of solutions to grand challenges. Meeting global food needs and improving food security in the face of climate change is one such priority. The mission of the PRI is to enhance plant resilience to environmental challenges including extremes in weather and climate change, and to become a “Center of Excellence” for foundational and translational plant research aimed at increasing the productivity and quality of food and energy crops.

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