The buzz about bumble bees isn’t good
While many scientists are focused on the decline of honey bees, relatively few study bumble bees. Spoiler: their numbers are dropping, too.View story photos
MSU awarded $7.8M for agricultural transformation in Malawi
MSU researchers received a $7.8 million grant from the Agricultural Transformation Initiative to build an independent policy research institute in Malawi dedicated to improving the livelihoods of smallholder farmers and transforming Malawi’s agricultural sector.
Kyle Cameron: 'Shake it off' and reduce consumption
As a communication major and outreach coordinator for the MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center, I was excited to help the center run a pilot of the “Shake it, Don’t Waste it” campaign — a waste reduction campaign targeting paper towel conservation.View story photos
I am a Spartan
Spartans exhibit an uncommon will to make a better world. Every day, we work to meet the biggest challenges. Find smarter answers. Change the game. Inspire future generations. See our stories.View story photos
Solving the mystery of fertilizer loss from Midwest cropland
Farmers can’t predict their annual corn harvest with certainty, but with the help of new research from MSU, they can now pinpoint specific parts of their fields that consistently produce either good or bad yields.View story photos
MSU researchers discover light-absorbing protein in cyanobacteria
The lab of Cheryl Kerfeld at MSU recently discovered a family of proteins, the Helical Carotenoid Protein, or HCP, that are the evolutionary ancestors of today’s photoprotective proteins.
NatSci ceremony honors four endowed faculty members
Four MSU College of Natural Science faculty members were formally invested as endowed faculty members at a ceremony held March 21 at MSU’s Wharton Center.View story photos
Why we can’t see the forest for the trees: lack of diversity
Though people from all walks of life visit our national forests, those who manage, care for and study them aren’t as diverse. According to the Census Bureau, 89 percent of foresters and conservation scientists are white. To address this disparity, Michigan State University has partnered with Medgar Evans College, a minority serving institution, to attract more minorities and fill the growing demand for trained foresters in the United States.
Keeping plants nourished: the workings of a photosynthesis backup system
Researchers at the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory shed more light on one of the backup systems that support photosynthesis through difficult conditions. The study is published in Plant Physiology.
First-of-its kind timber product to be used in MSU building
MSU's future STEM Teaching and Learning Facility will be the first in Michigan to use an innovative wood product, rather than concrete and/or steel, for its load-bearing structure.View story photos