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Strawberry Fields Forever: An MSU plant breeder’s quest for the perfect strawberry

For most people, the quest for the perfect strawberry begins and ends in the produce aisle: perusing small towers of clamshell containers – plastic treasure chests of ruby-red fruit – to find the right one to take home and savor.    But for Cholani Weebadde, associate professor and Plant Breeder for International Programs at Michigan State …


MSU Innovation Center Welcomes Our New Marketing and Communications Writing Intern

Destinee Shelly is the Marketing and Communications Writing Intern for the MSU Innovation Center. Destinee holds responsibilities for storytelling by developing and executing content across multiple channels, including article and blog postings, videos, and graphics on our website, and promoting our department across a variety of social media platforms.  Destinee is currently studying Journalism at …


Researchers working to make AI more trustworthy

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Making artificial intelligence more reliable Artificial intelligence has entered the mainstream in a way the world has never experienced before. Millions of people are using tools such as ChatGPT and Stable Diffusion for AI-generated help answering questions, creating images, and accomplishing a host of other tasks. But anyone who has used these systems has probably …


MSU soil scientist recognized for outstanding environmental quality research

Hui Li, a professor in the Michigan State University Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, is being honored with the 2023 Environmental Quality Research Award from the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). Li, a world-renowned expert in environmental soil chemistry, and the fate and transport of contaminants in plant-soil-water systems, will be formally recognized …




New MSU study shows innovative machine learning techniques more accurately monitor PFAS in Michigan drinking water

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Newly published research from Michigan State University scientists demonstrates how regionally specific machine learning-based modeling more effectively monitors levels of per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals in Michigan drinking water compared to nationwide models. Findings were published in the journal Water Research. The project was led by A. Pouyan Nejadhashemi, MSU Foundation Professor in the …


Unraveling the mysteries of metabolism

Metabolism regulates far more than just body fat—it encompasses all the various life-sustaining chemical reactions that occur within an organism. When food is broken down into energy, a wide range of metabolites are produced. Primary metabolites help regulate and enable normal growth, while secondary metabolites provide unique advantages to an organism based on adaptations to …


MSU researchers receive NSF grant to address ‘Grand Challenge’ of plant biology

Michigan State University molecular plant scientist Dan Chitwood has received a $640,000 grant, part of a larger $1.5 million collaborative award from the National Science Foundation, to learn how to predict a plant’s phenotype — its observable physical traits — from its genetic makeup or molecular profile. While current sequencing technologies allow the extraction of …


Another piece of the puzzle: Understanding the roles of carbonic anhydrases in plants

Understanding the intricate puzzle pieces that make up the photosynthetic systems of plants can help researchers know how to grow and create plants that can survive in changing climate conditions. Michigan State University scientists in the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) are working to illuminate this understanding by investigating specific chloroplast proteins and the role …


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