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How do plants survive drought?


What's New?

Concern for crops

Addie Thompson and her lab are studying corn’s resistance to the fungus disease, corn tar spot. This project is one example of how MSU is involved in preventing diseases that could harm farmers and ultimately the people who consume their crops.


Engineering resilience

Climate changes will affect lives of humans, animals and plants. Using a single-cell approach, Sue Rhee and her team generate cell-specific information to engineer tools to face these changes. 


Helping plants grow as phosphorus levels in soil deplete

The teams led by PRI Associate Professor, Hatem Rouached and incoming PRI Director, Sue Rhee have discovered a new regulatory module controlling root growth in response to phosphorus limitation via the TOR pathway. This discovery has implications for engineering plant resilience, sustainable agriculture, and new solutions for TOR-associated diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases.


Four students from Korea WEST exchange program joined PRI labs

This month, four PRI labs (Lebeis, Lundquist, Rouached and Thompson) welcome four undergraduate students from the Korea WEST exchange program, a joint initiative of the Republic of Korea and the US Department of State. WEST strands for Work, English, Study, Travel. During this exchange, students attend an intensive English training course, experience various cultures and conduct STEM-related research. 


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.



Join our team!

The Plant Resilience Institute at MSU is growing and needs talented individuals across research, administration, and communication. Visit these active postings to learn more and check back often for new opportunities.

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