Tag Archives: plant biology

Beneficial bacteria in Oz

This post is by MSU grad student Colleen Friel Increasing agricultural sustainability is an important research focus in the face of climate change, rapid population increase, and growing food insecurity. Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers have fueled a huge boom in agricultural productivity … Continue reading

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A microbe-dependent world: studying the legume-rhizobia symbiosis for a more sustainable future

This post is by MSU grad student Shawna Rowe Living in a world full of fascinating visual elements and intriguing macro-organisms often results in people forgetting the most abundant group of earth’s inhabitants— microbes. Microbes are not only the most … Continue reading

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Can evolution help us rebuild native habitats?

This post is by MSU graduate student Anna Groves. If you look at the lyrics of two of the most iconic songs in American history, you’ll find that both reveal the composers’ fondness for the wide open spaces of our … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: #SummerofKBS

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by 2015 REU student Douglas Page. My time at the Kellogg Biological Station working as a BEACON/NSF sponsored REU was an amazing opportunity to not only conduct research in the field … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Omics beyond model organisms, part II

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU postdoc Gaurav Moghe. Almost two and half years ago, when I was a graduate student, I wrote a blog post in this very series titled “Omics beyond model organisms”, … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: A foreigner’s forays into experimental evolution

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Carina Baskett. When I spent a semester of college in Buenos Aires, Argentina, we American students were endlessly fascinated by cultural differences between the US and Argentina. As … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Murphy's Law

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU sophomore Krista Nicholson. Krista was an BEACON Undergraduate Research Apprentice (URA) at MSU Kellogg Biological Station in summer 2015, with mentors Susan Magnoli & Dr. Jen Lau. Murphy’s Law states … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Bases vs Bytes- Bioinformaticians to the Rescue

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by University of Texas at Austin Research Scientist Dhivya Arasappan. Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary field in which computer algorithms and statistical methods are applied to answer biological questions. It is a … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Partnerships between plants and bacteria

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Colleen Friel. My foray into the world of science started back when I was a high school student dead set on becoming a large animal veterinarian. To … Continue reading

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BEACON Researchers at Work: Genetic and Environmental Basis of Trait Loss, or, How to Lose a Trait: Organismal Spring Cleaning Edition

This week’s BEACON Researchers at Work blog post is by MSU graduate student Samuel Perez. The study of morphological traits, physical features that are directly observable and measurable, is important for the study of evolution, and play a central role … Continue reading

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