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Christoph Benning: Facilitating collaborations

Christoph Benning is an MSU Foundation Professor of plant biology and the director of the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory. Coming from Germany as a graduate student in the 80s, I was attracted by MSU’s large number of well-renowned plant scientists. A prestigious German fellowship and contacts by my former adviser in Freiburg, Germany opened opportunities …

MSU professors elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology

Contact(s): Val Osowski George Garrity and Beronda Montgomery, Michigan State University professors of the College of Natural Science, were elected fellows of the American Academy of Microbiology, or AAM, for their excellence, originality and leadership in the microbiological sciences. Garrity, a professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular …

How plants ‘muscle up’ against bacteria in the cold

Contact(s): Layne Cameron , Allyson Hamzey , Igor Houwat Michigan State University scientists have furthered our understanding on how a plant protein, called CAMTA, helps plants strengthen themselves as they anticipate long periods of cold, such as three to four months of winter in the American midwest or northern Europe. The long-term goal behind the …

Examining Potatoes’ Past Could Improve Spuds of the Future

Contact(s): Layne Cameron, Robin Buell The old adage of looking to the past to understand the future certainly applies to improving potatoes. Examining the ancestors of the modern, North American cultivated potato has revealed a set of common genes and important genetic pathways that have helped spuds adapt over thousands of years. The study appears …

Top Michigan State Researchers Named MSU Foundation Professors

Michigan State University recently named five new MSU Foundation Professors, a designation given to outstanding faculty who demonstrate excellence in research and teaching, while enhancing the prominence of the institution. “This award recognizes the global stature of MSU scholars,” said MSU Provost June Youatt. “Their contributions to their fields …

Doctor in Nigeria and MSU professor join hands to reduce infant mortality

A doctor in Nigeria and a professor at Michigan State University have teamed up to reduce infant mortality in the African nation. In the U.S., September is National Newborn Screening Month. In developing nations, however, lack of infant screening leads to unusually high rates of infant mortality. In the current issue of Clinical Microbiology and Infection, …