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03/06/2015

Metabolic Path to Improved Biofuel Production

Berkeley Lab Physical Biosciences Division has found a way to increase the production of fuels and other chemicals from biomass fermented by yeast without the need of environmentally harsh pre-treatments or expensive enzyme cocktails.

02/27/2015

Banfield Team Finds Ultra-Small Bacteria

ESD’s Jillian Banfield recently led a team of scientists in capturing images of ultra-small bacteria that are believed to be about as small as life can get.

02/13/2015

Microbes to Biomes (M2B) Town Hall Feb. 20

On February 20, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Building 50 Auditorium, ESD scientists (including Eoin Brodie, Peter Nico, Javier Ceja Navarro) and others will explore the M2B initiative and FY16 LDRD opportunities.

02/12/2015

Latest SFA 2.0 Video on Microorganisms

The third of three video productions related to the SFA 2.0 project describes the powerful influence of metabolic potential—the collective metabolic capabilities of subsurface microbial communities and their impact on ecosystems.

01/21/2015

Torok Screens Plants for Natural Products

A team of Earth scientists including ESD’s Tamas Torok demonstrated that in vitro biodiversity is sufficiently broad enough to be used for natural plant product screening—as an alternative to intact plants.

Williams ID’s Hot Moments in Cool Watershed

Water, water everywhere, but how did it get from here to there? ESD’s Ken Williams explains in the second of three videos describing the Genome-to-Watershed Scientific Focus Area (SFA) 2.0 project.

01/14/2015

Second Genome: Microbes Fighting Disease

ESD‘s Gary Andersen and former ESD scientist Todd DeSantis are mentioned in a recent (February 2015) Fast Company magazine article on Second Genome, the South San Francisco biotechnology company focusing on the microbiome.

ESD Instrumental in California Well Stimulation Report

ESD made strong contributions to the first volume of an independent scientific assessment released by the CCST on well stimulation in California, including an assessment of hydraulic fracturing.

12/16/2014

Predicting Subsurface Processes: Genome to Watershed Scales

ESD has recently released a video on its Genomes-to-Watershed project at DOE’s Rifle, CO, site. In this video, Susan Hubbard (Project Lead for SFA 2.0 and ESD Director) gives an overview of the project and its mission.

12/15/2014

ESD on New Microbes-to-Biomes Website

Highlighted on the new Microbes to Biomes Website is the ESD-led project involving harnessing the soil microbiome for food and fuel security, with ESD’s Eoin Brodie and Peter Nico as primary investigators.