Spartans map Michigan’s sand dunes
Barry Pittendrigh: In our DNA
Conservation or construction? Deciding waterbird hotspots
Soil pore structure is key to carbon storage
Insects: Friend or Foe?
How land plants first evolved
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Geeta Kumari: Running out of water
It is often said that "Water is Life" because no living being can survive without water. Whenever we are really thirsty, no fancy drink can substitute for water to quench the thirst. Whenever scientists look for extraterrestrial life, the first thing they look for is the sign of water.View story photos
Smells like love … to sea lampreys
In new research led by MSU and published in the current issue of PLoS Biology, spermine, an odorous compound found in male semen, proved to be a powerful aphrodisiac.View story photos
New phone app: ‘your on-the-go tick expert’
With school out, summer finally arriving and outdoor activities in full swing, MSU is helping roll out a new app to increase your knowledge about ticks. “The Tick App” allows you to learn about ticks, track your tick encounters and be a citizen scientist.View story photos
Scott Swinton named University Distinguished Professor
Scott Swinton, professor in MSU’s Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, or AFRE, has been named a University Distinguished Professor.View story photos
Our water cycle diagrams give a false sense of water security
Pictures of the Earth’s water cycle used in education and research throughout the world are in urgent need of updating to show the effects of human interference.View story photos
MSU Extension launches new website for farmers struggling during difficult planting season
Farmers throughout Michigan are struggling with an unprecedented amount of rainfall this spring that has resulted in a historically low planting pace. MSU Extension has developed resources for farmers to deal with financial and emotional challenges.
Microbes may act as gatekeepers of Earth’s deep carbon
Two years ago, a team of scientists, including MSU geomicrobiologist Matt Schrenk, visited Costa Rica’s subduction zone, where the ocean floor sinks beneath the continent and volcanoes tower above the surface. They wanted to find out if microbes can affect the cycle of carbon moving from the Earth’s surface into the deep interior.View story photos
Switchgrass hybrid yields insights into plant evolution
Scientists have identified specific parts of genetic code within switchgrass that could contribute to larger switchgrass harvests while reducing potential crop weaknesses.View story photos
Environmental reporting can help protect citizens in emerging democracies
What happens when an illegally logged tree falls or poachers kill endangered brown bears in the forest, but there’s no journalist to report it? That’s the situation in the Republic of Georgia, which faces challenges that include poaching, deteriorating air quality, habitat disruption from new hydropower dams, illegal logging and climate change.
New rhomboid-like protein helps plants produce lipids
The Benning lab has identified a rhomboid-like protein that may help plant chloroplasts tune their lipid production. The study is published in The Plant Journal.