ESD’s Ulisses Nunes Da Rocha, Nick Bouskill, and Eoin Brodie are part of a cross-LBNL-divisional team analyzing soil crusts made of long-dormant cyanobacteria that become activated by rainfall, then resume dormancy when the rainfall stops.
ESD’s Janet Jansson stocks soil samples from around the world in her refrigerator, as part of a plan to build a global “gene atlas,” then to work out how nutrients and waste products migrate through the ecosystem.
ESD’s Tamas Torok and Hoi-Ying Holman, in collaboration with Michael Cohen of Sonoma State, are studying alkaline-tolerant bacteria that could someday increase efficiency and reduce the cost of biofuel processing.
As noted in both the L.A. Times and N.Y. Times, ESD’s Christer Jansson hopes to establish tobacco as a platform for production of hydrocarbon fuel that is practically ready to use as a drop-in substitute for petroleum fuels.
The 2013 call from the Energy Bioscience Institute (EBI) has been posted on EBI's website (http://www.energybiosciencesinstitute.org). The deadline for preproposals is May 31, 2013.
Ralstonia eutropha is a chemolithoautotrophic bacterium able to grow with organic substrates or H2 and CO2 under aerobic conditions.
The First Partnership Workshop of the LBNL/UC-Davis Predictive Agricultural Initiative focused on how to sustainably manage agricultural systems for a growing world population under changing environmental conditions.
LBNL Deputy Director Horst Simon, in a message to the Lab, announces a wealth of Lab activities related to Earth Day and Earth Week, and invites all Lab employees to learn how they can make a positive impact.
ESD’s Romy Chakraborty recently found out that her article “Microbial response to the MC-252 oil and Corexit 9500 in the Gulf of Mexico” was among the most “viewed” articles in the journal (Frontiers in Microbiology) this past year.
ESD Website Teaser: ESD’s Nigel Quinn was recently honored with the 2013 Hugo B. Fischer Award, in recognition of his significant contributions to real time data management, decision-support tool development, and hydrology and water quality forecasting.