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Understanding how crop diseases and climate change interact is vital

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CANCELLED Events

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Michigan State University has cancelled all public events for the remainder of Spring Semester 2020 while classes have gone online.

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Leaf Under Attack from Bacteria? One Way Plants Stop the Spread of Infection

New article from Michael Thomashow's lab. 

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PRI Student Recognized in the Plant Cell

Student in Brad Day's Lab, Amy Baetsen-Young, has been recognized by The Plant Cell.

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Insect Bites + Water Climate = Double Trouble for Plants [Video]

New article from Gregg Howe's and Thomas Sharkey's labs. 

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Pathogenic bacteria target plant plasmodesmata to colonize and invade surrounding tissues

New publication by PRI's Sheng-Yang He.

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Featured Scholar: Ian Willick

Ian Willick works in David Lowry's Lab.

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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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