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MSU's Gregg Howe selected as a Fulbright U.S. Scholar May 31, 2022 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.

A 'pilot light' for photosynthesis March 9, 2022 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.

PRI Interim Director Thomas Sharkey named Pioneer Member of the American Society of Plant Biologists March 9, 2022 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.

Congratulations to the first PRI postdoctoral fellows! July 7, 2021 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.

Spotting tar spot disease sooner July 7, 2021 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.

Building better beans for the future May 17, 2021 Building better beans for the future

As climate change threatens global food security, PRI member and University Distinguished Professor Dr. Robin Buell is building better beans crucial to human nutrition by tapping into the genetics of the more heat-resistant tepary bean.