The U.C. Global Food Initiative, extensively supported by ESD environmental and climate programs within Berkeley Lab, is inviting applications for a student fellowship opportunity. Applications are due October 1, 2014.
ESD Ecology Department Head Gary Andersen appeared on the KQED production Food Forward SOS, shown this past Friday evening, September 12, to discuss the function and importance of microbial systems within topsoil.
Eoin Brodie and Boris Faybishenko recently co-chaired the first Complex Soil Systems Conference in downtown Berkeley. This flagship conference, strove to develop “A Path to Improved Understanding of Complex Soil Systems.”
ESD scientists contributed greatly to a recent CCST report reviewing well-stimulation technologies, including hydraulic fracturing, used in on-shore oil reservoirs in California—to be used to inform BLM’s oil and gas policies in the state.
ESD’s Javier Ceja-Navarro and others have characterized the gut microbiome of a wood-feeding beetle native to the eastern US, finding in its gut a metabolic capability permitting both aerobic and anaerobic activity, as well as N2 fixation.
Hoi-Ying Holman and her team of scientists have won a 2014 R&D 100 award, for their Multiplex Chemotyping Microarray (MCM). The MCM generates collections of microscopic biomolecule or particle assemblies accurately and reproducibly.
In the May 12 (2014) issue of Nature Reviews Microbiology, Janet Jansson and Neslihan Tas explore the microbial ecology of permafrost, including some of the strategies microbes use to cope with frozen conditions, as well the influence of climate change.
Nigel Quinn integrates polo and hydrology into a busy life—leading the Lab’s Hydroecological Engineering Advanced Decision Support research group, and serving as a water resources expert and for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation.
Harry Beller and others recently found homologs of Escherichia coli FabG, an essential reductase involved in fatty acid biosynthesis, in work that could serve as a starting point for microbial production of fatty acid-derived biofuels.
ESD microbiologist Eoin Brodie was recently chosen to be part of the Visiting Professors Programme at the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. While there, he will engage in modeling studies as well as give several lectures.