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MSU's IMPACTS program: Where computer sciences and plant sciences meet September 10, 2019 MSU's IMPACTS program: Where computer sciences and plant sciences meet

PRI's Robert VanBuren and Robin Buell provide cross-training in computer sciences and plant sciences to provide MSU graduate students with a toolbox of skills to solve global agricultural problems.

Underrated and Underground, Tuber Evolution Study Earns NSF Grant September 5, 2019 Underrated and Underground, Tuber Evolution Study Earns NSF Grant

PRI Director Robin Buell is excited to study tubers, saying “tubers are ubiquitous and critical for food security but often neglected by researchers, so if we can understand the key events in making a tuber, then the question we can ask next is, ‘How can we make a better tuber?’”

PRI Postdoctoral Researchers Awarded USDA NIFA Fellowships July 23, 2019 PRI Postdoctoral Researchers Awarded USDA NIFA Fellowships

MSU-PRI Postdoctoral Researchers have received fellowships from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Buell named MSU Distinguished Professor July 22, 2019 Buell named MSU Distinguished Professor

Robin Buell, Director of the PRI, was recently honored as a University Distinguished Professor.

Plants can crash when photosynthesis rates are high. This is one way they slow down. July 9, 2019 Plants can crash when photosynthesis rates are high. This is one way they slow down.

In a new study, the lab of PRI's Thomas D. Sharkey delves into a ‘brake’ protein, called GPT2. It helps manage photosynthesis in the presence of high levels of light or carbon dioxide, which can push photosynthesis into overdrive mode. 

PRI's Ashley Shade lands NSF Early CAREER Award June 18, 2019 PRI's Ashley Shade lands NSF Early CAREER Award

Microbial ecologist Ashley Shade has received an $800,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, jointly awarded by NSF’s Population and Community Ecology and Ecosystem Science Clusters in the Division of Environmental Biology.