2016 Annual Report Cover

2016 Annual Report

Published February 8, 2017

By: AgBioResearch

The 2016 annual report details the research activities of AgBioResearch for the year.



A long-term investment: Breeding better wheat for a stronger industry

Published on February 14, 2017

Ensuring that Michigan farmers have the best tools to meet emerging challenges and continue to produce at record-setting levels lies at the heart of the wheat breeding and genetics program, led by MSU AgBioResearch plant breeder Eric Olson.

Helping scientists communicate, collaborate and achieve their goals

Published on February 14, 2017

MSU AgBioResearch scientists are helping interdisciplinary science teams become stronger through the Toolbox Dialog Initiative.

Through the tunnel: Reinvigorating raspberries in Michigan

Published on February 14, 2017

MSU researcher Eric Hanson believes high-tunnel agriculture is the answer to combating climate issues for Michigan raspberries.

Improving genetic selection may hold key to peaceful pig grouping

Published on February 14, 2017

New regulations on animal housing require pigs to have ample space to turn around freely. MSU researchers want to know how to group pigs to live together harmoniously.

Bucking convention: Breeding plants that grow and defend themselves

Published on February 14, 2017

MSU plant biochemist Gregg Howe, is working to help plants overcome the duality of growth and defense.

Uncovering the role of the placenta in pregnancy immune tolerance

Published on February 14, 2017

Margaret Petroff believes that decoding additional secrets to immune tolerance could lead to treatment breakthroughs for a variety of conditions.

Protecting the Kirtland's warbler with jack pine forest management

Published on February 14, 2017

MSU's David Rothstein and a team of researchers from Michigan Technological University and Wayne State University are working to ensure the sustainability of the Kirtland’s warbler population.

Developing biobased production systems for commercial application

Published on February 14, 2017

MSU researcher Yan "Susie" Liu focuses on taking bio-processes and technology from the lab to the marketplace.

Controlling soybean disease with lab, field tools

Published on February 14, 2017

Martin Chilvers's research program is searching for ways to combat diseases that threaten some of Michigan’s highest-valued crops.

Developing biodegradable plastics to reduce negative environmental impacts

Published on February 14, 2017

Conventional plastic can take over 1,000 years to degrade. Rafael Auras believes this can be solved through biodegradable and compostable materials.

Bee kind: Making greenhouse and nursery plants more pollinator-friendly

Published on February 14, 2017

MSU entomologist David Smitley is working to provide the state’s greenhouse and nursery growers with tools to make their plants more pollinator-friendly and marketable without sacrificing pest management.

Predicting effects of contaminants on Michigan's fish populations

Published on February 14, 2017

A three-year project led by MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife associate professor Cheryl Murphy is exploring ways to protect fish populations and the bodies of water they live in.

From the ashes: Restoring ecosystems through fire

Published on February 14, 2017

Barrens are an important aspect of the environment, and MSU's Jessica Miesel is helping improve methods to restore them through burning.

A changing climate: Selecting trees that flourish in urban settings

Published on February 14, 2017

Bert Cregg and a team of MSU researchers are studying trees in urban settings with an eye on identifying species that are adaptable to increasing stress.

Going high-tech to solve low-tech problems

Published on February 14, 2017

MSU AgBioResearch scientists continue to break new ground, developing and implementing new tools and methods to help better understand and combat insects.

Plotting a solution: Developing strategies to prevent chronic wasting disease in Michigan

Published on February 14, 2017

Researchers from MSU are utilizing their expertise in deer behavior and population dynamics to identify where new cases of chronic wasting disease are most likely to appear.