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MSU aquatic ecologist Elena Litchman is leading a three-year, $993,000 project funded by the NSF Division of Environmental Biology to investigate and predict intraspecific trait variation in phytoplankton from four lakes in southwest Michigan.
Recent MSU-led research results published in the current issue of Ecological Applications, suggest that Panamanian frogs coexisting with deadly chytrid fungus underwent ecological and/or evolutionary changes that enabled them to persist, despite severe species losses.
Despite fog’s known role in providing water and nutrients to systems ranging from coastal forests to inland deserts, the biology of fog—particularly the microbial community that is transported and may make a home in fog—has remained a mystery.
MSU scientists have found a solution to enhance oil production and harvest using what many consider sea sludge. The new proof of concept, published in Biotechnology for Biofuels, is a biofuel production platform that uses two species of marine algae and soil fungi.
MSU microbiologist Ashley Shade and plant biologist Sheng Yang He have been awarded a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to investigate how the microbiome interacts with, and may mediate, plant responses during environmental stress.
A new discovery of a light-induced super photobase at MSU is revealing some of photosynthesis’ desirable traits. An interdisciplinary team of scientists was able to document the ultrafast dynamics of the super photobase that is 10 million times stronger than anything previously discovered.
Research led by MSU Foundation Professor Bruno Basso and published in Agriculture and Environmental Letters, is the first of its kind to provide critical insight to the importance of soil in managing risks associated with climate change.
Five incoming Michigan State University students majoring in subjects in the College of Natural Science received scholarships to cover full tuition, room and board and a stipend for up to eight semesters of undergraduate study.
MSU was part of a multi-university study that revealed how plant communication systems respond to threats from herbivores. The results, featured in
show that once wounded, plants use calcium signals to warn distant tissues of future attacks.
New research from MSU has added a new tool to the modern genomic toolbox. The method, called “conStruct,” allows researchers to analyze complex patterns of genetic variation in large datasets with broad geographic sampling.