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04/17/2015

Good IDEAS on Virtual Terrestrial Ecosystems

ESD’s Carl Steefel, Eoin Brodie, and Charlie Koven, among others, collectively sought ways of applying new scientific computing capabilities to studies of Earth’s subsurface. The result was IDEAS.

04/13/2015

New Insights into Longer DNA Fragments

Jill Banfield and others compared two ways of using next generation genomic sequencing machines, one of which produced significantly longer reads than the other—perhaps helping to close the gaps in microbial identification that exists now.

04/06/2015

Brodie Interviewed on Microbiomes

ESD’s Eoin Brodie was recently interviewed as part of a Google “hangout”—a Kavli Foundation video production entitled “Learning from Earth’s Smallest Ecosystems,"

04/01/2015

Chambers, Kueppers Lead NGEE-Tropics

ESD’s Jeff Chambers and Lara Kueppers will lead the new NGEE-Tropics project, which will develop a better understanding of how tropical forests are responding to a changing atmosphere and a warming climate.

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.