Researching link between Amazon deforestation and fires
The number of fires in the Amazon have devastating effects on a local and global scale. MSU researchers Scott Stark and Marielle Smith have been studying the rainforest ecosystem in Brazil, each for about a decade or more.View story photos
All global sustainability is local
In a “Nature” cover story, Jianguo "Jack" Liu and MSU’s Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability, or CSIS, members use groundbreaking methods to discover sustainability, like politics, is local.View story photos
NSF grant supports study of low-oxygen zones
What impacts can we expect from the expansion of low-oxygen zones in today’s ocean?An international team of scientists that includes Michigan State University paleo-oceanographer Dalton Hardisty has received a three-year, $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, or NSF, Division of Ocean Sciences to conduct research related to that question.View story photos
Conservation’s hidden costs take bite out of benefits
Returning croplands to forests is a sustainability gold standard to mitigate climate change impacts and promote conservation. That is, new research shows, unless you’re a poor farmer.
Identifying a plant cell barrier to breeding more nutritious crops
What if we could grow plants that are larger and also have higher nutritional content? MSU scientists have identified a protein that could be a major roadblock to growing such plants.
A new tool tidies up molecules at the nano level
Tidying up. Not an idea associated with living cells on the nanoscale. But just as a mismash of IKEA bits scattered throughout your bedroom is less useful than a neatly-assembled dresser, synthetic biologists wish to have tools to organize “scattered” components inside living cells.
Transformative change can save humans and nature
The survival of Earth’s life is not a battle of humans versus nature. In this week’s Science a sweeping assessment of nature, concluding victory needs both humans and nature to thrive.View story photos
WKAR to stream MSU fall commencement ceremonies
For the benefit of friends, family and Spartan fans around the world, WKAR Public Media will livestream all three Michigan State University Fall 2019 commencement ceremonies taking place Dec. 13 and 14 at the Breslin Center on the MSU campus.
Animated videos advance adoption of agriculture techniques
In remote areas with low literacy rates, showing animated videos in the local language demonstrating agricultural techniques results in high retention and adoption rates of those techniques, found researchers from Michigan State University.View story photosView story videos
MSU researchers create limited-edition purple potato chips
A new breed of potato is mutually beneficial to farmers, consumers and happens to be purple.View story photos