Refining pesticides to kill pests, not bees
Researchers at MSU's entomology department have unlocked a key to maintain the insecticide’s effectiveness in eliminating pests without killing beneficial bugs, such as bees. The study, featured in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shows that molecular tweaks can make the difference.View story photos
Onions hold key to plant disease management for Cambodian scholar
Plant diseases are a major limiting factor for crop production and food security in Cambodia. Part of the problem is that the resources and human expertise needed to manage the diseases are in limited supply.View story photos
Graduate students organize collection campaigns to benefit Puerto Rico
For Angelica Medina-Cucurella and Sylmarie Davila-Montero, Hurricane Maria’s devastation of Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 hit too close to home.View story photos
MSU launches partnership for urban agriculture in Detroit
A Detroit neighborhood will host MSU’s first urban food research center, developing solutions to economic and nutritional challenges unique in urban environments.View story photos
Historic tree to be substantially trimmed
MSU arborists are planning on significantly trimming a historic tree on campus in an effort to preserve it.View story photos
Could the air you breathe be a factor in Parkinson’s?
Could the air you breathe, specifically through your nose, be a factor in the development of Parkinson’s disease? That’s a question an MSU researcher is looking to answer in a new federally funded study.View story photos
Grad student Isaac Osei-Bonsu wins conference award
Isaac Osei-Bonsu won a poster award at the 2017 “Feed the Future” Legume Innovation Lab conference, which took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.View story photos
New MSU research shows dramatic irrigation increase
Irrigated agriculture is the largest consumer of freshwater globally, but precise records and maps of when and where water is applied by farmers are difficult to locate. Now a team of MSU researchers has discovered how to track water used in agriculture and showed that irrigation doubled in their study area between 2002 and 2016.
Examining potatoes’ past could improve spuds of the future
Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped spuds adapt over thousands of years. Robin Buell, MSU Foundation Professor of Plant Biology and senior author of the paper, shows potential genetic keys that could ensure the crop will thrive in the future.View story photos
A fresh look at freshwaters
To better understand the complex factors that threaten lake water quality, scientists need data on many lakes in various types of environmental settings. Unfortunately, much of the lake and geographic data needed for such studies is not easily accessible because the datasets exist in multiple formats scattered across government, university and private databases – sometimes only in file drawers. Until now.