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07/25/2014

Insect Ecosystem Contains Biofuel Clues

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.

07/11/2014

Holman Team Wins 2014 R&D 100 Award

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.

05/21/2014

How Microbes Deal with Permafrost

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.

05/09/2014

Quinn Seeks Goals in Polo and Hydrology

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.

05/08/2014

Biofuels: Increasing Bacterial Fatty Acids

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.

04/24/2014

Eoin Brodie a Visiting Professor in The Netherlands

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.

04/09/2014

ESD Scientists, PhyloChip Break BioBlitz Record

ESD’s Gary Andersen and Eric Dubinsky counted nearly 1,000 species of bacteria and archaea in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area last weekend (March 28-30, 2014) as part of the BioBlitz 2014 project, breaking the BioBlitz record.

03/27/2014

ESD Scientists Engage in BioBlitz

Gary Andersen and Eric Dubinsky will use the PhyloChip microarray to count microbes as part of BioBlitz 2014, a project of the U.S. Park Service and National Geographic.

03/11/2014

New DNA Analysis Helps Cut through the Dirt

ESD’s Janet Jansson and fellow scientists from the JGI and Michigan State University report (in PNAS) the largest soil DNA sequencing effort to date—providing both a method for sifting through the data deluge and a reality check.

02/28/2014

ARPA-E Video Cites Christer Jansson

Earlier this week, DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) hosted a summit and technology showcase in National Harbor, Maryland, in which they debuted four project videos. One of them, on biofuels, prominently mentions ESD’s Christer Jansson and his innovative work.