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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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In recognition of the importance of soils, 2015 has been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of Soils.   

 

 

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  • PSM Faculty member elected to National Academy of Sciences

    PSM Faculty member elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Sheng-Yang He, a MSU Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, was selected as part of the 2015 class. He earned the honor for his seminal contributions to the understanding of plant-pathogen interactions.

     

  • Flagstick turf grass expected to improve golf courses, reduce environmental impacts and save money

    Flagstick turf grass expected to improve golf courses, reduce environmental impacts and save money

    A 20-year search for a turfgrass resistant to the most common disease afflicting golf courses in Michigan and throughout the northeastern United States has finished on an upswing. A team of Michigan State University (MSU) turf experts has released a new cultivar called Flagstick, which has shown resistance to dollar spot in long-term field trials conducted at MSU and at several other locations across the country.

     

  • MSU Academy for Global Engagement names ten new fellows

    Ten early-to-mid career tenure track faculty have been selected to develop and enhance their international research portfolios. 

    The 2015 Academy for Global Engagement Fellows have been selected for their diverse interests, ranging from skin mechanics to water conflicts. The goal of the academy is to build a growing cohort of faculty members who will participate in global activities and view their scholarship through a global lens.

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