News

Buell named MSU Distinguished Professor
July 22, 2019

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

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

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.

Seed microbiome may hold uncommon ability to benefit next generation of plants
June 10, 2019

At the conclusion of a pilot study for Michigan State University’s Plant Resilience Institute (PRI), microbial ecologist Ashley Shade had a hunch that started a chain reaction of exciting interdisciplinary and international collaboration and landed Shade and her team a three-year, $750,000 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) grant to investigate the seed microbiome of the common bean.

USDA-ARS Award
June 3, 2019

PRI members awarded $25,000 from the USDA-ARS Office of National Programs to evaluate wild bean germplasm for disease resistance and adaptive root traits.   

Fascination of Plants Day
May 31, 2019

PRI members Hannah Peplinski, Weijia Wang, and Miranda Haus from the Buell and Cichy labs translated recent PRI-funded work to the general public during the ASPB sponsored Fascination of Plants day at Michigan State University.