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Research Associate-Fixed Term in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Position Open May 7, 2019 Research Associate-Fixed Term in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Position Open

Job posting #573326: Research Associate-Fixed Term in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics College of Natural Science is now available

MSU scientists teach kids about plant defense at MSU Science Festival 2019 April 25, 2019 MSU scientists teach kids about plant defense at MSU Science Festival 2019

115 school students, ranging from 4th to 6th graders, got to learn about plant defense mechanisms and got a taste of how to observe and think critically as a scientist. The brains behind the events was Leah Johnson, a graduate student in the lab of PRI's Gregg Howe.

Announcement of PRI-GREEEN Funding April 22, 2019 Announcement of PRI-GREEEN Funding

The Plant Resilience Institute and MSU’s Project GREEEN have partnered to fund seed projects focused on plant resilience of Michigan crops. Two projects were funded focused on dry beans and tar spot of corn.

Understanding how crop diseases and climate change interact is vital April 17, 2019 Understanding how crop diseases and climate change interact is vital

In the past 150 years, the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has risen from 280 parts per million (ppm) to 410 ppm. For farmers this is mixed news. Any change in familiar weather patterns caused by the atmospheric warming this rise is bringing is bound to be disruptive. But more carbon dioxide means more fuel for photosynthesis and therefore enhanced growth—sometimes by as much as 40%. 

Keeping plants nourished: the workings of a photosynthesis backup system March 25, 2019 Keeping plants nourished: the workings of a photosynthesis backup system

PRI's Tom Sharkey researches how plants use the shunt to quickly reboot the Calvin-Benson cycle, the crucial process that makes their food and nourishes the planet's food chain.

Finding ways to use natural plant adaptations to feed the world January 1, 2019 Finding ways to use natural plant adaptations to feed the world

PRI's Robert VanBuren explores how the mechanisms and characteristics that help plants be resilient to drought could lead to new advances in agriculture.