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Core leaf-bound microbes identified for two key bioenergy crops


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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.


MSU's Gregg Howe selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar

Gregg Howe, an MSU College of Natural Science (NatSci) researcher who is internationally known for his work on plant resilience and how plants respond to insect attacks, will be heading to Japan as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar for the 2022-2023 academic year to apply cutting-edge genetic technologies to the development of crop plants that will contribute to sustainable agriculture and food security.


PRI Interim Director Thomas Sharkey named Pioneer Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists

University Distinguished Professor Thomas D. Sharkey was named a Pioneer Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), a recognition given to leaders in the society, especially those who have been involved in training graduate students, postdocs and visiting professors.


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.


Spotting tar spot disease sooner

PRI member Addie Thompson recently received a Bayer Grants4Ag $10,000 award to help farmers detect tar spot, a disease found in maize crops. Using drones equipped with remote sensing technology in the air and taking smartphone images on the ground, her research team is able to more quickly detect, predict and quantify spots.


Congratulations to the first PRI postdoctoral fellows!

We congratulate Daniel N. Anstett, Stephanie Schmiege and Brittni Kelley, the first Plant Resilience Institute Fellows. These post-doctoral fellows were selected on the basis of their excellence and breadth of approach to issues of plant resilience. Each Fellow will be associated with more than one lab and will develop independent projects studying plant resilience.


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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