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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.