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The Michigan State University Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences is actively engaged in research, extension, teaching and outreach to resolve the critical agricultural issues that impact the people of Michigan, the United States and the World.

For more information see our mission statement.

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  • PSM graduate student presents award to Sen. Stabenow & earns 2014 Future Leaders in Science Award

    PSM graduate student presents award to Sen. Stabenow & earns 2014 Future Leaders in Science Award

    On March 27, Christine Sprunger, a Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences Student traveled to Washington D.C. with 50 other Agronomy, Crop and Soil Science scientists to take part in Congressional Visit Day.  

    During the trip Christine met with members of congress, where at an Agriculture Day Ceremony, she presented Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) with the 2014 Excellence in Soil Stewardship Award from the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).  This award recognizes policy makers whose exemplary leadership has strengthened U.S. agriculture, food and natural resources research.

  • President Obama Briefed by Plant, Soil and Microbial Science Faculty

    President Obama Briefed by Plant, Soil and Microbial Science Faculty

    Michigan State University and the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences was honored with a visit by President Barack Obama, on Feb. 7, where he signed the Farm Bill.    

    Dr. Dave Douches briefed President Obama about the Plant Science and Potato Breeding and Genetics programs at Michigan State University.    

     

  • Bringing new options to farmers in Africa

    Bringing new options to farmers in Africa

    A new type of agriculture has been proposed in Africa that complements conventional annual crops with new genetic options that grow for extended periods and can double sunlight capture, nitrogen fixation and water cycling.

    This transformative approach also potentially offers a new way to address climate variability, by stabilizing grain yields and providing more forage for livestock.

    Sieg Snapp, a Michigan State University professor of plant, soil and microbial sciences at Kellogg Biological Station, discussed this Feb. 16 as part of a panel at this year’s meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

  • MSU recognizes six CANR faculty and staff members for excellence

    Three faculty members and three staff members from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) were honored for their outstanding contributions to education and research at the annual MSU Awards Convocation on Feb. 11.

    MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon congratulated the honorees at the ceremony and saluted their contributions to the university’s excellence during a ceremony held at the Wharton Center.

  • Four CANR profs earn University honors

    Four individuals in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) have been selected to receive the William J. Beal Outstanding Faculty Award (formerly the Distinguished Faculty Award). 

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