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Dr. Nathan Swenson has been awarded a prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship for his research into creating phylogenomic and functional trait databases in New Zealand. The College of Natural Science has issued a story about Dr. Swenson's fellowship that can be read here. Additionally, you can Dr. Swenson's profile on the Guggenheim Fellowship website can be viewed at this link.  


Dr. Curtis Wilkerson's research into enhancing the viability of poplar trees as biofuel has been published by Science Magazine in the current (April 2014) issue. Dr. Wilkerson spoke with MSU Today to discuss his research; that article can be read here.



The Herbarium participated in the MSU Science Festival on Saturday, April 5th by hosting a public open house for over 160 visitors. Visit this website to learn more about the MSU Herbarium.

Dr. Robin Buell presents her research to President Obama during his recent visit to MSU to sign the Farm Bill.

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Dr. Carolyn Malmstrom appeared on a podcast for Microbe magazine with an interview about plant-virus interactions. You can listen to the interview at this link.



Dr. Frank Telewski has produced a preliminary study analyzing  the damage to Michigan's trees from the December ice storm. More information can be read at this link. A video has also been posted by Natural Science featuring Dr. Telewski, and can be viewed here.



Photo taken by Dr. Carolyn MalmstromDr. Carolyn Malmstrom and her lab contributed to a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, titled Perennial grasslands enhance biodiversity and multiple ecosystem services in bioenergy landscapes. Read More… 


Dr. Frank Telewski appeared on Michigan State's Radio Station Impact 89FM to discuss the Beal Seed Experiment and Botanical Garden. You can listen to a record of the show at this link.




Dr. Maren Friesen's NSF-funded project "Oxygen-Tolerant Nitrogenase" has been mentioned on the NSF's website as one of several research endeavors being funded to bring innovation to farming. Visit this link for more.


MSU Today has a produced feature story about the W.J. Beal Botanical Garden and current work of Plant Biology Faculty Member Dr. Frank Telewski. Click on the photo below for more:


Congratulations to the Plant Biology Faculty Members who've received the following awards from the College of Natural Science:

-Dr. C. Robin Buell and Dr. Yair Shachar-Hill for receiving the CNS Distinguished Faculty Award

-Dr. Tammy Long for receiving the CNS Faculty Teaching Prize

-Dr. Ralph Taggart for receiving the James D. Hoeschele Endowed Teaching Award

Recent Publications
  • Chen, YN; Aung, K; Rolcik, J; Walicki, K; Friml, J; Brandizzi, F (2014). Inter-regulation of the unfolded protein response and auxin signaling. Plant Journal. 77:97-107
  • Poskar, CH; Huege, J; Krach, C; Shachar-Hill, Y; Junker, BH (2014). High-Throughput Data Pipelines for Metabolic Flux Analysis in Plants. Plant Metabolic Flux Analysis: Methods And Protocols. 1090:223-246
  • Wang, Z; Lopez-Giraldez, F; Lehr, N; Farre, M; Common, R; Trail, F; Townsend, JP (2014). Global Gene Expression and Focused Knockout Analysis Reveals Genes Associated with Fungal Fruiting Body Development in Neurospora crassa. Eukaryotic Cell. 13:154-169
  • Muggia, L; Perez-Ortega, S; Fryday, A; Spribille, T; Grube, M (2014). Global assessment of genetic variation and phenotypic plasticity in the lichen-forming species Tephromela atra. Fungal Diversity. 64:233-251

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