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Tomato, Tomat-oh! Understanding evolution to reduce pesticide use
April 24, 2019

MSU researchers believe pesticide use could be reduced by taking cues from wild plants. In a study published in Science Advances, the team recently identified an evolutionary function in wild tomato plants that could be used by modern plant breeders to create pest-resistant tomatoes.



NatSci's Marcos Dantus receives Technology Transfer Award at MSU Innovation Celebration
April 23, 2019

Marcos Dantus, MSU professor of chemistry and physics, received the MSU Innovation Center's  2019 Technology Transfer Award for his work with ultrafast lasers—an innovation that takes a low intensity, long pulse and compresses it to increase its energy.

MSU scientists team up to study bovine microbiome role in antibiotic resistant bacteria
April 16, 2019

A highly multi-disciplinary team of MSU scientists, led by molecular epidemiologist Shannon Manning, have designed a study to probe how the intestinal microbiome of dairy cattle affects antibiotic resistance, a problem plaguing farms across the country.

NatSci neuroscientist Gina Leinninger receives new investigator award
April 5, 2019

Gina Leinninger, MSU assistant professor of physiology in the College of Natural Science, is the 2019-20 recipient of the prestigious American Physiology Society’s Central Nervous System Section New Investigator Award.

Physicists examine the antimatter puzzle
April 5, 2019

MSU experimental physicist Jaideep Taggart Singh is part of a team of scientists examining why the observable universe contains virtually no antimatter, despite its relatively abundant existence in the early history of the universe. Their findings were recently published in the journal Reviews of Modern Physics.

Keeping plants nourished: the workings of a photosynthesis backup system
April 3, 2019

Researchers at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory, led by University Distinguished Professor Thomas Sharkey, shed more light on one of the backup systems that support photosynthesis through difficult conditions. The study is published in Plant Physiology.

NatSci investiture ceremony honors four endowed faculty members
March 26, 2019

Four Michigan State University College of Natural Science (NatSci) faculty members—Jeffrey Freymueller, Dalton Hardisty, Allen McNamara and Songqiao “Shawn” Wei—were formally invested as endowed faculty members at a ceremony held March 21 at MSU’s Wharton Center.

When it comes to monarchs, fall migration matters
March 18, 2019

New research conducted by MSU and published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, reveals a wider, more-accurate spectrum of threats that have contributed to the monarch population’s downward trend beyond the traditional indicators of winter habitat loss and fewer milkweed plants.

Understanding and controlling the molecule that made the universe
March 13, 2019

In recent issues of Nature Communications and the Journal of Chemical Physics, MSU researchers employed high-speed lasers to shine a spotlight on the mechanisms that are key in trihydrogen (H3+) creation and its unusual chemistry to better understand what is acknowledged by scientists as the molecule that made the universe.

For hyenas, there’s no ‘I’ in clan
March 12, 2019

In a new study published in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, MSU scientists show that hyenas that form strong coalitions can gain social status, which can have lasting benefits over many generations.