Researcher earns grant to study effects of droughts
Helping the community with mental health needs
MSU researcher receives grant to evaluate forest resilience
Well-off countries need trade to cut environmental woes
Supporting Michigan’s wine industry
Perfecting the potato chip
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Louise Labbate: Why I study entomology
I am researching an invasive insect that entered Michigan in 2015 called the Asian chestnut gall wasp (Dryocosmus kuriphilus), which attacks and causes damage to chestnut trees. I am monitoring this pest’s phenology and its interactions with the chestnut trees and an introduced natural enemy. I have been working towards an integrated pest management strategy to limit yield loss while minimizing costs to the growers and negative effects on the environment.View story photos
Andre Harris: Getting teens involved outdoors
I chose the Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism major because I grew up in parks and recreation and knew I wanted to lead and be an advocate for traditional and nontraditional youth and teen parks and recreational programs in the Michigan. I knew for a while this field of work was the career path for me and MSU’s SPRT major was the best for me.View story photos
MSU alums use a new model to track vulnerable cheetahs
Population studies are critical for vulnerable and endangered animals because they help conservationists determine what efforts are needed to help the remaining populations persist.
Improving pollination could increase crop production
Crop yields for apples, cherries and blueberries across the United States are being reduced by need for more pollinators, according to new research.
MSU researcher earns grant to study effects of droughts
Michigan State University biologist Sarah Evans has received a three-year, $1.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Environmental Biology to study the effect that droughts have on soil and the carbon cycling process — a critical determinant of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere and future climate change.View story photos
Learning while meeting community needs
Lorelei Blackburn wants her students to do more than simply read, complete assignments, and take tests.View story photos
Supporting Michigan’s wine industry in challenging climatic conditions
According to the Michigan Craft Beverage Council, the wine industry generates more than 27,000 jobs and $2 billion of annual economic activity throughout the state. Wine grapes occupy more than 3,000 acres of Michigan farmland, with nearly 150 commercial wineries producing 3 million gallons each year.
Another investment in MSU’s Scale-up Research Facility
MSU's Scale-Up Research Facility in Detroit’s Corktown will have a significant role in two of the 55 projects that the federal government will invest $139 million in to advance vehicle technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy announced July 16, 2020.
MSU scientist lends expertise in evolution of infectious fungi study
A collaboration of international scientists and funding agencies, led in part by MSU’s College of Natural Science plant biologist Frances Trail, will investigate seven fungi whose common ancestor dates back 270 million years. While the spores of the ancestor germinated to grow in an ancient environment, each of the seven species branched out on their fungal family tree to make homes in very different places, from ants to plants to humans, sometimes causing disease in their hosts.View story photos
NSF-funded project explores plant metabolism links to climate change, human nutrition
MSU plant biologist Berkley Walker is part of a team of scientists that is using a 3-year, $1.4 million National Science Foundation, or NSF, Molecular and Cellular Biosciences award to explore the intersection between photorespiration and one-carbon metabolism, two plant biochemical processes that are critical to plant growth and human nutrition.View story photos