Stayin’ alive: MSU research aims to help biofuel switchgrass survive northern winters

Michigan State University (MSU) plant biologist C. Robin Buell has been awarded $1 million from a joint U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to accelerate genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstock for the production of biofuels, bio-power and bio-based products. Specifically, the MSU College of Natural Science researcher will […]

More to biofuel production than yield

When it comes to biofuels, corn leads the all-important category of biomass yield. However, focusing solely on yield comes at a high price. In the current issue of the Proceedings for the National Academy of Sciences, Michigan State University (MSU) researchers show that looking at the big picture allows other biofuel crops, such as native […]

DOE renews funding for biofuels research partnership

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded the University of Wisconsin and Michigan State University (MSU) $125 million to continue their work on advanced biofuels. The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), housed at UW-Madison and includes a major partnership with MSU, will use the five-year grant to continue its work providing the basic […]

MSU physicist says Higgs hunt may be over

In an announcement today, scientists said they are now more confident that the particle discovered last year in experiments done at Europe’s Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is indeed the Higgs boson. The subject of years of research, the Higgs boson is the elusive particle that is thought to explain what gives mass to matter and […]

Marginal lands are prime fuel source for alternative energy

Marginal lands ­– those unsuited for food crops – can serve as prime real estate for meeting the nation’s alternative energy production goals. In the current issue of Nature, a team of researchers led by Michigan State University (MSU) shows that marginal lands represent a huge untapped resource to grow mixed species cellulosic biomass, plants […]

Rewriting the Rules of Teamwork

As scientists from different disciplines and regions help design a world-class nuclear research facility at Michigan State University (MSU), a team of MSU researchers will conduct one of the first major studies of how teams work together. Using surveys, interviews and high-tech devices that monitor interaction, the researchers will study teamwork among the many groups […]

Changing a Plant Enzyme to Work a Double Shift

  A team of researchers led by David Kramer, Hannah Distinguished Professor of Photosynthesis and Bioenergetics, has discovered how to give the plant enzyme ATP synthase increased function so it  works during both the daytime and nighttime. The discovery, featured in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academies of Science, shows that plants evolved […]

Clumped Chloroplasts – A New Class of Proteins

The discovery of a new gene is helping scientists envision more-efficient molecular factories of the future. A team of researchers, led by Katherine Osteryoung, MSU plant biologist, announced the discovery of Clumped Chloroplasts – a new class of proteins – in the current issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. CLMP1 plays a […]

Bacterial Nanowires Shown to Immobilize Uranium Contaminants

Stopping the spread of radioactive Uranium and other harmful pollutants can be achieved with the use of protein nanowires produced on the outside of a group of bacteria called Geobacter, scientists at Michigan State University have determined. The nanowires, or pili, are hair-like protein appendages with electrical conductivity and can, by themselves, catalyze the process […]

Chemistry Professor Receives DOE Career Award

The US Department of Energy awarded Thomas Hamann, assistant professor of chemistry, an Early Career Research Award – a five-year award providing support to outstanding researchers during the early years of their careers. Hamann was among 69 scientists selected from 1,150 applicants. His award is for research on “Molecular and Material Approaches to Overcome Kinetic and […]