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.
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 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.
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.
Neslihan Tas recently learned that she had been appointed to the editorial board of the FEMS Microbiology Ecology journal, published by Wiley-Oxford University Press. The appointment is for a renewable 3-year term.
Alexander Probst and Jillian Banfield were part of a group of scientists that documented the ecology and physiology of a novel uncultivated archaeon that may be key to the subsurface carbon cycle.
ESD’s Giovanni Birarda and others recently investigated the microbiome relatedness of subsurface biofilms within two sulfidic springs in Germany—the results of which provide insight into the dynamics of subsurface microbial life.
ESD’s Harry Beller, Peter Nico, and colleagues studied chromate bioremediation and found that the bulk redox status and biogeochemical regime do not necessarily control the final product of Cr(VI) reduction.
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.