• Study shows crop rotation has positive impact on soil microbes and long-term land sustainability

    Posted on June 15, 2015 2:13pm

    A study authored by Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences assistant professor Lisa Tiemann is the first of its kind to show that crop rotations, in isolation from other management factors, can increase the functions performed by soil microbial communities that benefit plant growth. The findings were published online May 25 in Ecology Letters, a highly selective peer-reviewed journal.


  • Staff Members honored with outstanding team award

    Plant Soil and Microbial Science Staff Members Honored with CANR Outstanding team Award

    Posted on May 12, 2015 1:30pm

    Ten Staff members from the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences awarded the outstanding team award from the College of Agriculture and Education. 


  • Nearly $90,000 of scholarships awarded to Plant, Soil and Microbial Science Students.

    Posted on May 4, 2015 1:00pm

    During the recent 2015 Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Honors Banquet,  nearly $90,000 in scholarships were awarded to students in undergraduate studies programs in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.  


  • PSM Faculty member elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Professor Sheng-Yang He elected to National Academy of Sciences

    Posted on April 30, 2015 11:37am

    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

    Posted on April 29, 2015 4:19pm

    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

    Posted on November 19, 2014 2:22pm

    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.

  • Graduate student Victoria Ackroyd creates the winning artistic pumpkin carving.

    2014 Pumpkin carving contest winner.

    Posted on November 4, 2014 4:49pm

    For the fourth year running, our weed science team had a pumpkin carving contest to celebrate Halloween. Pumpkins were displayed on Oct. 31 in the Plant and Soil Sciences Building, where anyone was allowed to vote for their favorite.

  • Dr. Sasha Kavchenko selected to be Fellow of Soil Science Society of America

    Dr. Sasha Kravchenko

    Posted on October 24, 2014 4:06pm

    Dr. Sasha Kravchenko, was recently nominated and subsequently selected to be a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America. Congratulations Sasha! Click link above to read more.

  • Alumna Gerardine Mukeshemana to provide keynote speech at the World Food Conf.

    Mukeshemana being sworn in as Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI).  Photo Courtesy: Govt. of Rawanda

    Posted on October 3, 2014 1:47pm

    Dr. Geradine Mukeshemana, doctoral graduate of the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, who studied under Dr. James Kelly, will give a Borlaug Dialog speech at the 2014 World Food Conference, which is held in Des Moines, Iowa.  This year, the theme of the conference is “The Greatest Challenge in Human History: Can we feed 9 billion people by 2050?”

  • Global Academy Fellowship Program applications available

    Posted on September 20, 2014 7:46am

    The Center for Global Connections in partnership with the College of Engineering, the Office of the Provost, and International Studies & Programs is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the 2015 Global Academy for Engagement Fellowship Program.  


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