MSU breaks ground on new plant science facility

East Lansing, MI – Michigan State University has broken ground on a new plant science expansion project. The 80,000 square foot facility will build onto the university's research into nutrition and plant development.

MSU President Lou Anna Simon says the project is an affirmation of the university's investment in an industry that's key to the state's economic future.

"And it's hard to do, because so often what you're not doing has more advocates than what you're doing," says Simon. "And so the groundbreaking today is really an opportunity to reaffirm the direction and the intention to be the world leader in plant sciences."

The $43 million expansion is expected to be completed in 2012.